4 Charged With Illegally Feeding Sharks

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Four employees of two South Florida dive boat operations have been charged with illegally feeding sharks.

The FloridaFish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported Thursday that it launched an investigation in February after receiving several complaints that shark feeding was taking place off the coast of Palm Beach County during dive charter trips.

Officials have charged Randall Jordan and Thomas Smith, of Emerald Charters of Jupiter, and Luis Roman and Toni Crumrine, of Calypso Dive Charters, with operating a vessel for hire within state waters to allow passengers to observe fish feeding. Jordan and Roman were also charged with fish feeding. Each count carries up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Fish feeding in Florida waters has been illegal since 2002.

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