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A Political Frenzy During Florida’s Summer of the Shark

  • Christopher L. Pepin-Neff


This chapter examines the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s enactment of a ban on shark feeding in Florida in 2001 during the “Summer of the Shark.” The policy called for a ban on ecotourism dives that included feeding sharks below the surface in Florida state waters so that divers could view them. The considerations of the Commission took place over 18 months; however, a spate of 21 non-fatal shark bites during the summer put political pressure on the then Governor, Jeb Bush. As a result of the penalties posed by this environment, Governor Bush acted to protect himself by serving as a policy entrepreneur and cuing members of the Commission to enact the ban.


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  • Christopher L. Pepin-Neff
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  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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