Hilton Head Island wants to ban summer fishing.
A popular tourist destination in South Carolina, Hilton Head Island, is weighing their options on a ban on summer fishing from the beach. A city council proposal would ban fishing on the beaches from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Nearby Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach already enforce similar bans, with the argument that beach fishing can attract sharks as the main reasoning.
Hilton Head Island mayor David Bennett doesn’t exactly agree with the proposal.
“We’re an island known for our natural beauty, for an outdoor life and recreation,” Bennett told Myrtle Beach Online. “To come up with a rule that universally negates fishing from our beaches for a period of time that encompasses most of the tourists that come here, I’m not sure that’s sending the right message.”
A number of incidents involving sharks and humans across the Carolinas this past summer raised awareness of the issue, including a 9-year-old girl who was bitten on the hand by a shark on a Hilton Head Island beach in October.
The proposal is expected to be brought up again in a meeting later this month.