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Governor signs bill by South Coast legislator providing new protections for great white sharks

Anton Chernyavskiy
New California legislation signed into law by the governor is intended to provide new protections for great white sharks.

Legislation also intended to improve public safety.

The governor has signed into law a bill by a South Coast legislator intended to provide new protections for great white sharks.

AB 2109 bans the use of shark bait, shark lures or shark chum in areas where great whites are visible, or known to be in the area. They are already a protected species.

The goal is to reduce the chance of the sharks being accidentally caught by those who are fishing. The legislation is also meant to help protect people. It might help reduce the chance of a shark being accidentally caught in an area where someone might be swimming, surfing and diving in the ocean.

Democratic Assemblyman Steve Bennett of Ventura sponsored the legislation. He says the bill provides new protection for the sharks, as well as for the public.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.