Time magazine is reporting that the beaches of Sharm el-Sheikh are once again open to water activity under a new set of safety regulations.
According to Salem Saleh, the director of Sharm el-Sheikh’s Tourism Authority, swimmers will be limited to designated areas, and lifeguards and sea patrols will monitor the water. Additionally, authorities and hotel workers will receive training on rescuing shark attack victims. Salem also noted that existing laws banning fish feeding would also be strictly enforced, and that efforts would be made to stress the importance of abiding by the ban. The state will also strictly enforce dumping laws, in response to claims that sheep carcasses were dumped from a cargo ship into the Red Sea, which some theorized could have attracted the sharks responsible for the attacks.
The Time article also notes that the research team that was brought in to investigate the attacks has concluded its investigation on Sunday, prior to the announcement that the beaches would reopen. The team concluded that “habitual fish feeding” could have been one of the biggest possible factors behind the shark attacks.
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