June 19, 2013
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is accepting comments on whether the Northeastern Pacific population of white shark should be listed as a threatened or endangered species pursuant to the California Endangered Species Act (CESA).
The white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) is a globally distributed species found primarily in temperate seas. They are large apex predators that can be found in a wide variety of environments from the intertidal zone and the continental shelf to deep offshore areas. The Northeastern Pacific white shark population’s full range extends from Mexico north to the Bering Sea and west to Hawaii.
The Fish and Game Commission received a petition to list white shark as either threatened or endangered pursuant to CESA in August 2012. The Commission’s decision to accept the petition and declare white shark a candidate species took effect March 1, 2013.
CDFW is conducting an in-depth status review to provide the Commission with information to aid in its decision whether to list the species. The status review is slated for completion by March 2014. As part of the status review process, CDFW is soliciting information that will inform CDFW and the Commission on white shark status, including potential habitat destruction or modification, overexploitation, predation, competition, disease or other natural occurrences or human related activities that may affect the status of white shark.
Data and other information may be submitted by mail to this address:
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: White Shark Status Report
4665 Lampson Avenue, Suite C
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
Comments may also be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on white shark and CDFW’s CESA evaluation can be found at:
Michelle Horeczko, Marine Region, (562) 342-7198
Mike Taugher, CDFW Communications, (916) 591-0140