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Manhattan Beach ponders fishing rules in wake of shark bite incident
Manhattan Beach ponders fishing rules in wake of shark bite incident

A rare shark encounter off the Manhattan Beach pier during the Fourth of July weekend has ignited a passionate debate over the fragile balance of swimmers, surfers and anglers in local waters. In the wake of the incident in which a swimmer was bitten, Manhattan Beach temporarily banned fishing on the pier amid concern that a fisherman's bait might have lured the shark closer to shore and agitated the predator as it thrashed on the line for nearly an hour. Some have proposed making the ban permanent, a move many fishermen consider extreme and strongly oppose. "It's a delicate situation because you have families who want to come down here and teach their kids how to fish, and you have...

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