November 21, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Great white sharks off the coast of California are set to enjoy greater protection, as state officials consider whether to add the predator to California's list of endangered species.
The California Fish and Game Commission unanimously voted last month to advance the candidacy of the shark for inclusion on the state endangered species lies. That means during a one-year study review the shark will receive the same protections as if it were listed as endangered.
The commission was expected to publish its decision on Friday, a move that would prompt the protections to begin.
The immediate effect will be a ban on incidental takes by net fishermen. Researchers and gillnet fishermen will have to apply to the Department of Fish and Wildlife for permits to tag or accidentally capture a shark.