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Dirk Schmidt Expresses Concern Regarding Filming of Sharks off Cape Coast

White SharksIn a recent article in the West Cape News, Dirk Schmidt, author of White Sharks: Magnificent, Mysterious & Misunderstood expresses concern over chumming permit issued to American reality TV personality, Chris Fischer:

Shark conservationist and author of two books on the White Shark, Dirk Schmidt, has raised concerns over a permit issued to adventure television personality Chris Fischer to chum for sharks off the Cape coast.

A permit for Fischer and a team of researchers to release chum (a mix of fish heads, innards and oil) to attract sharks for the period of their televised research from April 10 to 30, has also got surfers and ocean bathers concerned about a possible resultant spike in shark activity as, although the chum can only be released at least two kilometres offshore, winds and ocean currents could push the fishy slick close to popular beaches, bringing sharks inshore.

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