Officials in a California beach town are extending a temporary ban on fishing from the city's pier after a great white shark hooked by a fisherman attacked a passing swimmer (Greenwire, July 7).
Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Powell said the temporary ban put in place after Saturday's attack will continue through Sept. 7. In the meantime, the City Council will consult with lifeguards, the State Coastal Commission and marine experts about new fishing regulations on the pier or implementing a permanent ban.
"The second we had the attack, we just decided to err on the side of caution, be prudent, and stop everything to protect our public," Powell said. "We've never had a problem with this before ... but when you have a major incident like this, we have to look at every aspect, what caused it, and how we can prevent it."
The agitated juvenile shark bit 50-year-old Steven Robles in the rib cage. Surfers and swimmers compete with fishermen for limited space on crowded beaches.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife is investigating the incident (Christine Mai-Duc, Los Angeles Times, July 7).
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