Dr. William Alevizon, former Professor of Marine Biology at the Florida Institute of Technology, said that the suggestion that new research might enlighten the issue in the short term was ludicrous.
"This is a complex scientific issue, involving numerous species and habitats, each with unique sets of ecological interactions.There is simply no magic research bullet that could, in a year or two, substantially change the current state of knowledge regarding the environmental effects of fish feeding in Florida" Alevizon
...Dr. Bill Alevizon, a marine biologist who has studied the behavior and ecology of Florida fishes for over 25 years stated, "Florida's coastal waters are naturally home to large numbers of sharks, most of which go about their business without taking particular notice of people.
..."While there is no evidence linking this particular attack to shark feeding, the tragic results highlight just how dangerous these wild animals can really be", said Dr. William Alevizon, a marine biologist and expert on fish life of Florida and the Caribbean.
"Its bad enough that Florida's coasts are home to large numbers of dangerous sharks, but to deliberately go out and teach these animals to associate humans with food and then turn them loose on an unsuspecting public is just plain stupid" Alevizon
added. Most shark attacks on humans are believed to be mistakes, but according to Alevizon, who serves as scientific advisor for the Marine Safety Group, the likelihood of just such a tragic mistake increases dramatically once sharks are trained to make the connection between an outstretched human arm and a free meal.
"This type of food conditioning has led to numerous documented injuries from marine predators like barracudas, morays, and sharks that have bitten hands, arms and even faces of divers who were not even participating in a feeding dive but nonetheless unknowingly made the wrong move at the wrong time, in the fish's mind signaling that dinner was served", he