4 Dec 2015

Stewart Islanders ask government to ban shark diving

From Nine To Noon, 9:37 am on 4 December 2015

Some Stewart Islanders are pleading with the government to ban cage diving saying they are too scared to go into the water.

They say the cage diving is teaching sharks to associate humans with food and putting other water users at risk.

But the Department of Conservation says the industry is subject to strict regulation and international research shows cage diving doesn't increase the risk of shark attacks.

Storm Stanely, who represents the Paua diving industry around Stewart Island, talks with Kathryn Ryan.