Ban on Fishing from Manhattan Beach Pier Extended until Sept. 7

By this afternoon, a digital sign announced: "No fishing from pier until 9/7."

No fishing from Manhattan Beach Pier will be allowed through Sept. 7. Patch file photo.
No fishing from Manhattan Beach Pier will be allowed through Sept. 7. Patch file photo.

The ban on fishing at the Manhattan Beach Pier following a shark attack was extended today until Sept. 7.

The ban, which was instituted after the Saturday morning shark attack, was originally set to be lifted Tuesday. By this afternoon, a digital sign announced: "No fishing from pier until 9/7."

Steven Robles, 50, was bitten Saturday morning by a great white shark believed to have been between 7 and 10 feet long. The shark had been hooked by a fishing line and was struggling to get free when Robles swam by.

A fisherman who only identified himself as Jason told the Los Angeles Times that a group of fishermen were trying to lure the shark out to sea before cutting the line. It is illegal to fish for sharks, and the fisherman said they were trying to catch a bat ray.

Earlier today, the animal-rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals called for a permanent ban on fishing from the Manhattan Beach Pier.

"As this incident demonstrates, fishing in a populated area increases the risk that sharks will bite humans, whom they are otherwise uninterested in as prey," PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman wrote in a letter to Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth. "In addition to causing hooked sharks to lash out, fishing also attracts sharks who are lured by the smell of bait or blood from fish who have already been caught."

Reiman wrote that "it seems clear that the best way to protect public safety and reduce the risk that another swimmer will be injured or killed by a panicked or confused shark is to ban fishing at the pier permanently."

Howorth could not be reached for comment.

Following the attack, harbor patrol crews spotted the shark -- which was cut loose -- and coaxed it into deeper ocean waters, away from the beach.

"The shark came right up to me, bit right into my torso area," Robles said after being treated for the shark bite. "He penetrated the first layer of my skin and into my fat tissue. Somehow I had enough sense to grab his nose with my right hand and pry him off my body.

"For a second, I thought this might be it," Robles said. "I was absolutely terrified. I never thought I would die in the ocean."

--City News Service

Duke Noor July 08, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Still a tragedy, the victim of the chunk of Pier that fell did not die, but was paralyzed for life. The Pier was totally re-furbed and re-enforced in a lengthy process about a year ago. Having said that, yes I totally agree with Tacit on the asinine ban.
Sharon Smith-Herring July 08, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Manhattan Beach Pier has been known for decades as a surfing pier and also where folks go to enjoy the water and beach activities. It simple really...Close MB pier to fishing and have fishing kept at Redondo Beach pier where you can't swim or surf in the water in the first place. Closed case. Now go and enjoy the water!
Duke Noor July 08, 2014 at 08:34 PM
That will never happen Sharon, as MB Pier is on State lands for recreation, with free and equal access to be enjoyed by all, including fishermen. California Constitution Article I Declaration Of Rights Section 25 protects that right.
Bobby Kiso July 09, 2014 at 09:41 PM
Why don't you just close fishing in the whole Santa Monica bay as it is a nursery for white sharks? PETA needs to fuck off, and the fisherman should not have "cut his line" rather he should have broken it off so that it wouldn't be swimming around with god knows how much line trailing behind it. If he cut his line that would give PETA and all the other tree hugging hippies something to complain about too. I haven't seen the video but he was damned if he had and damned that he didn't.


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