Bill seeks more state funding to increase shark research, beach safety off Southern California waters – Orange County Register
Screen grab from Ricky Birks video off Long Beach. (Ricky Birks via Facebook)
Chris Lowe, who runs the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach, rides on the back of the Jet Ski driven by Jason Young, chief of OC Lifeguards, as they search for sharks to tag in the water off North Beach in San Clemente, California, on Wednesday, May 24, 2017. (File photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Chris Lowe, director of the Shark Lab at Cal State Long Beach, peers through the jaws of a 4-year old Great White Shark in Long Beach, California, on Monday, June 26, 2017. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Connor White, right, a California State University Long Beach Shark Lab grad student, is in the water as he prepares to tag a shark off Sunset Beach in Huntington Beach a few years ago. The Port of Long Beach is in the background. MARK RIGHTMIRE, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Chris Lowe, professor – shark & fisheries biologist at Cal State Long Beach, left, and Ralph Collier, of the Shark Research Committee, examine the wetsuit Maria Korcsmaros was wearing when she was attacked by a shark on May 30. JEFF GRITCHEN, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Testing water for traces of shark DNA. Smart tags that can figure out why great whites like certain beaches. Underwater robots that can track sharks and their food sources.
Those technologies are available, but there’s one stumbling block researchers face in studying why Southern California has become a hot bed in recent years for great white sharks: Money.
A bill introduced by a local lawmaker this week—AB 2191— hopes to raise state funding to study why sharks are here, their behavior and devise ways to protect beachgoers, according to an announcement.
“As a parent, my priority is the safety of our kids,” said the bill’s author, Assemblyman Patrick O’Donnell (D-Long Beach), in a statement. “This bill is about learning why there are more sharks and how to deal with the increase so we can keep our kids safe…