Regulations for Feeding Fish, Shark, or other Marine Species

Feeding fish, sharks, or other marine species while diving or snorkeling is prohibited.  It is also prohibited to operate a boat that is hired to carry passengers to any area within state waters to feed marine species or view marine species feeding.  These regulations were developed because of concerns about the

  • safety of divers, surfers, and swimmers
  • feeding of marine species in multiple-use areas, and
  • effects of concentrating and training sharks to associate humans with food

"Chumming" or feeding fish for the purpose of harvesting marine species as otherwise allowed by FWC rules is permitted.



FWC Facts:
Help remove nonnative lionfish from Florida waters to limit negative impacts to native fish and wildlife. They can be speared, caught in hand-held nets or on hook and line.

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