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Great White Sharks Protected Off Calif. Coast
NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Mar 1, 2013 | Sarah Grieco

Posted on 03/01/2013 1:06:50 PM PST by nickcarraway

On March 1, great whites are protected by the California Endangered Species Act

Great white sharks off the coast of California will be protected by the California Endangered Species Act beginning March 1.

Three environmental groups asked the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to protect the fish at the beginning of February. The groups said there are only around 340 great whites in the Northwestern Pacific region, making them in danger of extinction.

Beginning March 1, great whites may not be hunted, pursued, or killed under CESA. Anyone caught harming or killing a shark could face criminal prosecution.

Commercial fishing for great whites has been banned in California waters for nearly 20 years, but some exceptions previously existed for research purposes. Starting March 1, the Fish and Wildlife department will issue permits for scientific research. Fishers will also have to obtain a permit in case of accidental capture of great white sharks.

With CESA protection for great whites, Fish and Wildlife may also decide to deem the species endangered. The department will conduct a status review of the sharks to determine whether or not it is threatened and expect to make a decision by early 2014.


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Does this mean if a great white is hungry, you are required to "feed" it?
1 posted on 03/01/2013 1:06:56 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Let them eat sea lions ‘til they puke.


2 posted on 03/01/2013 1:09:36 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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To: nickcarraway

Surfers and swimmers, meanwhile, have just become an endangered species.

But, hey, ask the envirowackos and they’ll tell you people don’t matter. There are too darned many of ‘em, anyway.


3 posted on 03/01/2013 1:15:22 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: nickcarraway

Jaws nth


4 posted on 03/01/2013 1:17:39 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: nickcarraway

Environmentalists are a menace.


5 posted on 03/01/2013 1:22:03 PM PST by skeeter
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To: nickcarraway

Between slow sea lions and foolish humans that ignore the warnings posted on the beach, I dout the sharks will see a single hungry day...

I’ve never understood the obsession with swimming/surfing/whatevering in an area inhabited by sharks or barracudas-it just isn’t smart.


6 posted on 03/01/2013 1:25:27 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: nickcarraway

Pardon me-that should be “doubt”.


7 posted on 03/01/2013 1:27:11 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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8 posted on 03/01/2013 1:28:36 PM PST by InvisibleChurch (the mature Christian is almost impossible to offend)
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To: nickcarraway
Does this mean if a great white is hungry, you are required to "feed" it?

Maybe we can get "Barry" and congress to vacation at the California beaches.

9 posted on 03/01/2013 1:34:58 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (It's not "GUN CONTROL"! It's "PEOPLE CONTROL"!)
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Well, it's probably a good thing. Without the GW Shark, seal populations explode, which means less fish. They also clean up whale carcasses and the occasional pot-head surfer. So they are a very beneficial animal.

I'm good with it.
10 posted on 03/01/2013 1:44:23 PM PST by MeOnTheBeach
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To: Texan5

I never understood the obsession with living in an area where lightning strikes. Better chance of that being killed by a great white.


11 posted on 03/01/2013 1:50:13 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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I’d like to see more great white sharks and fewer California surfer types anyways.


12 posted on 03/01/2013 1:54:44 PM PST by RC one (.From My Cold Dead Hands.)
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“The groups said there are only around 340 great whites in the Northwestern Pacific”

Moving to Texas like everyone else here.


13 posted on 03/01/2013 1:54:58 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: nickcarraway

I WANTZZ MY OBAMAFONEZZ!!!

14 posted on 03/01/2013 2:05:24 PM PST by fattigermaster (Train for life in prison because they are stacking the bricks and setting the bars around you.)
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To: SoCal Pubbie

I don’t live near the ocean, so I’m sure you are right, but we do have storms with dangerous lightning and hail in these hills-if there is a weather warning for my area concerning lightning, wind, hail, etc-you don’t go out until the warning comes down-it just makes sense. And yes, I actually have been struck by lightning...


15 posted on 03/01/2013 2:13:51 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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Looking at the numbers, 118 people were attacked by Great Whites worldwide in 2011. 17 of those died. By contrast, 24,000 are killed by lightning and ten times that many are hit annually. 51 are killed every year in the U.S. alone.


16 posted on 03/01/2013 2:24:22 PM PST by SoCal Pubbie
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To: gundog
Let them eat sea lions ‘til they puke.

Oh Gawd, yes! Last time I was in Khalifornistan, those damned sea-lion were getting way out of hand. The emotionally-driven desire to over-protect sea mammals is destructive to the environment and the sea lion population.

17 posted on 03/01/2013 2:36:36 PM PST by EricT. (The Second Amendment is Tyrant Control.)
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To: nickcarraway

Hungry super-sized “fish” with great big teeth get protection from politicians, the only more dangerous species on Rock3.


18 posted on 03/01/2013 2:44:31 PM PST by faithhopecharity (()
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To: SoCal Pubbie

I’m surprised the shark attack number is that small, given the way the media screams over every animal attack in a human, be it bear or shark-they act like it is an epidemic. Trouble with mountain lions can be avoided by not hiking alone in the woods, and making a lot of noise-but I don’t imagine that works in the ocean with sharks...


19 posted on 03/01/2013 3:12:38 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: nickcarraway

In California, they are mostly liberals and attorneys, so go for it.


20 posted on 03/01/2013 7:38:52 PM PST by Wicket (God bless and protect our troops and God bless America)
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To: EricT.

California sea lions breed south of here. We’ve got the surplus male population living on the Oregon coast, and they are everywhere. Hard to find a Stellar’s Sea Lion.


21 posted on 03/02/2013 3:18:26 PM PST by gundog (Help us, Nairobi-Wan Kenobi...you're our only hope.)
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