Myrtle Beach council decides not to change shark ‘chumming’ policy

There won’t be buckets placed at 2nd Ave Pier and Pier 14 for fisherman to dispose of their fish guts after all.

Myrtle Beach City Council on Tuesday decided not to move forward with an ordinance that would have made it illegal to dump fish parts into the ocean and require businesses to place buckets to collect those fish parts on the two piers in the city. The proposal was made by city beach patrol officers in response to the recent shark bites reported as nearby as North Carolina.

“There’s no way possible you can put the fish guts into a can and take them away,” 2nd Ave Pier owner Teak Collins said during a council workshop Tuesday morning. “It’s easy to write on a piece of paper and might have sounded good brain storming. ... But it’s just a can of worms.”