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A Bill to Ban Scuba Divers from Feeding Sharks in U.S. waters has been introduced in Congress, with provision S.3099 by Senator Bill Nelson. "It will be unlawful for any person to engage in shark feeding, or to operate a vessel for the purpose of carrying a passenger for hire to any site to engage in shark feeding or to observe shark feeding." Shark feeding is already banned in Florida, but despite this, Randy Jordon still operates a regular shark dive out of Jupiter. Some other operators had gotten around this ban by taking their customers into adjacent Federal waters. (Access to Sportfishing Act 2016). You can join a petition here: http://chn.ge/2aitRBn

Lost at Sea. Getting left behind at the surface is every diver's nightmare, and one preventative is the Nautilus Lifeline, an expensive high-tech answer, using vhf radio frequencies. A lesser nightmare is losing your Nautilus Lifeline during a dive. Two years ago, a marine biology professor at Scripps Institute lost his in the Cayman Islands. Last May, Harry Payne was walking along the shoreline of Padre Island, TX, when he came across it half-buried in the sand. Its serial number eventually revealed the owner after it had drifted more than 1100 miles. ...


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