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Divers contributing data, helping to protect and better understand sharks

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Apr 7, 2021
Governor Gavin Newsome signed into law Assembly Bill 2109 this month, providing new protection for white sharks in California waters. The regulation makes it unlawful to place any shark bait, shark lure, or shark chum into the water within one nautical mile of any shoreline, pier, or jetty when a white shark is either visible or known to be present.

White sharks (Carcharodon carcharias, aka great white sharks), are a protected species in state and federal waters, and serve as critical members of ocean ecosystem as apex predators. However, non profit watch dogs including Shark Stewards and scientists at the University of California Long Beach have documented numerous cases of intentional sports fishermen catching white sharks on public piers and beaches. In many cases, fishermen release the sharks gaffed, injured, fatigued and agitated. Chumming near public beaches also attracts large sharks to areas of recreation, placing swimmers and surfers at risk. Read more https://sharkstewards.org/new-california-white-shark-protection/

California community science divers are contributing their observations to Shark Watch, a project of Shark Stewards to identify individuals in the wild, movements and shark catch. Using photo matching we have helped identified over several white sharks, 30 sevengill sharks and around the same amount of Tiger sharks in Hawai'i. Locations are kept confidential and data will be applied to area and species conservation. Learn more at https://sharkstewards.org/shark-watch/

Shark Stewards has chartered the Humboldt from Waterhorse Charters for divers interested in joining us and learning more, including a free California shark ID and MPA training online. Open Water and above certified divers can join us on 2 dives in the La Jolla Cove Marine Reserve, searching and documenting sharks on October 15. Afterwards, the public can participate with us at Ocean Awareness Day with the Walter Munk Foundation nd scripps Institute of Oceanography at the map fo La Jolla Canyon at Kellogg Park at La Jolla shores.
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