Shark tour employees charged with illegal shark feeding

WAHIAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Not guilty. That's the plea entered into court Thursday by an employee of a North Shore shark tour business. Maurice Chalker Jr chose not to appear before the judge, so his attorney entered the plea for him.

The controversial tours have been operating outside the three mile zone off Haleiwa to avoid breaking state law, but the DLNR cited them anyway. Chalker's attorney says the state is wasting time and resources.

"It's a petty misdemeanor, and there's only a fine involved here and yet DLNR sent three or four armed people to serve these penal summons which is certainly a waste of DLNR resources… you know there's no scientific proof that any of these shark tours lure the sharks into the beach. In fact the scientific proof is the opposite. There's no legal or factual basis for this law at all" said defense attorney Ken Kuniyuki.

Illegal shark feeding carries a $100 fine and no jail time. Another employee , Eric Nourrie, was also cited by the state.

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