Environment & Science

Manhattan Beach considers fishing ban following shark attack

Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto holds up a wire leader he thinks was used to try to hook a shark. Public comments took place during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto holds up a wire leader he thinks was used to try to hook a shark. Public comments took place during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
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Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto holds up a wire leader he thinks was used to try to hook a shark. Public comments took place during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
Ryan Silver, left, met shark attack survivor Steven Robles for the first time during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. Silver was honored on Tuesday for pulling Robles from the water during the attack at the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
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Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto holds up a wire leader he thinks was used to try to hook a shark. Public comments took place during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
Speakers line up for public comments during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
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Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto holds up a wire leader he thinks was used to try to hook a shark. Public comments took place during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth leads a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
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Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto holds up a wire leader he thinks was used to try to hook a shark. Public comments took place during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
Shark attack survivor Steven Robles speaks during public comment at a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. Robles explains that he had passed a shark while swimming before, but that the shark on July 5 was frazzled by being caught in a fishing line.
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Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto holds up a wire leader he thinks was used to try to hook a shark. Public comments took place during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
Ryan Silver is honored during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. Silver pulled survivor Steven Robles from the water after a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
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Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto holds up a wire leader he thinks was used to try to hook a shark. Public comments took place during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
Attendees interested in taking part in public comments raise their hands during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
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Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto holds up a wire leader he thinks was used to try to hook a shark. Public comments took place during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Powell suggests city leaders look into banning certain fishing equipment or practices that could particularly attract or harm sharks. The city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
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Lifeguard Section Chief Terry Yamamoto holds up a wire leader he thinks was used to try to hook a shark. Public comments took place during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
Attendees listen during a city council meeting at Manhattan Beach City Hall on Tuesday night, July 15. The meeting was the first since a shark attack on the Manhattan Beach Pier on July 5.
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Manhattan Beach held a meeting taking public comment Tuesday on a proposed pier fishing ban following a man being bitten by a shark after the shark was agitated by a pier fisherman.

City officials are expected to pass an emergency declaration, NBC L.A. reports. This follows an already-instituted 60-day ban, which is set to expire in September.

The man who was bitten, Steve Robles, was bit by an agitated juvenile great white shark on July 5.