DEPARTMENT OF LAND AND NATURAL RESOURCES
PETER T. YOUNG, CHAIRPERSON
Phone: (808) 587-0401
Fax: (808) 587-0390
For Immediate Release:
Safety Tips To
HONOLULU— As part of on-going concern for ocean safety, the Department of Land and Natural Resources reminds beachgoers to be cautious when entering the ocean following heavy rains.
“The ocean that surrounds us is a part of our island lifestyle, and in most cases is a safe place for recreation. But it is also the home of marine animals, including sharks, which may be potentially dangerous. Anyone who goes in the ocean needs to use caution and common sense, and to be aware of conditions that may be conducive to the presence of sharks,” said DLNR chairperson Peter Young.
“We encourage swimmers, divers, surfers, boaters, fishers, all ocean users to exercise caution following heavy rains. Avoid murky waters, and areas near stream mouths where run-off may create poor visibility. These types of waters are known to be frequented by sharks,” Young said.
DLNR’s Shark Task Force prepared a list of ten safety tips to reduce the risk of encounter with sharks in the ocean. The tips can be found on the DLNR web site hawaii.sharks.com and include the following:
1. Swim, surf or dive with other people, and don’t move too far away
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