(Dive Travel Business News - July 12, 2012) -- W. Australia -- After being named the deadliest place in the world for shark attacks after four deaths in seven months, Western Australian Fisheries Minister Norman Moore recently announced that regulations were being drafted for a State ban on targeted or dedicated shark tourism ventures, including cage diving operations, based on the attraction of sharks, according to the Ministry website.
Shark tourism and shark cage diving is a popular activity in Southern Australia and South Africa but operators will be prevented from setting up businesses on Australia’s west coast for fear of attracting more sharks.
"I have decided that Western Australia will not be the place for shark cage tourism, like those currently operating in South Australia and South Africa," Mr Moore said.
"While such ventures may generate direct or indirect economic benefits, there are also concerns that sustained activities to attract sharks to feeding opportunities have the potential to change the behaviour patterns of those sharks. read more »