Environmental activists decry plans to hold shark-hunting tournament in Dominican Republic

A popular rum promoter is drawing the ire of environmentalists for his plan to hold a shark-hunting tournament in the Dominican Republic similar to one he organized after the release of the movie "Jaws."

Newton Rodriguez has said he is planning to hold the tournament in February following requests from supporters.

But the minister of the Dominican Republic's Natural Resources Department said Thursday he will not allow such a tournament to take place. Dr. Bautista Rojas Gomez also noted that the ministry has not received a permit application from Rodriguez.

The newspaper Listin Diario recently quoted Rodriguez as saying that the country's tourism industry suffered and people grew afraid of sharks after the blockbuster hit "Jaws" was released in 1975, leading him to organize a shark hunt a year later.