Rohrabacher to Announce Shark Detection Project
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and local officials at 10 a.m. Friday will announce their support for a pilot project to prevent shark attacks along California’s coastline. The project, developed and operating in Australia, uses new, early-warning technology to notify lifeguards that a shark has entered waters enjoyed by swimmers and surfers.
Along with Newport Beach Mayor Kevin Muldoon, surf legend Ian Cairns, and representatives of Shark Mitigation Systems, the Australian company that developed such a technology, Rohrabacher will discuss the project at Ocean Boulevard and Inspiration Point in Corona Del Mar. Other local officials are expected to attend.
The Republican congressman is committed to seeing that the federal government play a positive role in protecting those who enjoy California’s beaches from shark attacks.
“It’s clear that increasing numbers of sharks have been sighted in local waters here in Southern California,” said Rohrabacher. “In fact, there have been several recent attacks, including a nearly fatal one here at Big Corona in Corona Del Mar. This technology can help us save lives and give people confidence in our local beaches.”
Later, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, the congressman will arrive at San Onofre to inspect the safety of rods used in the site’s nuclear energy facility. He will be available to the media after the inspection.
Kenneth Grubbs, 202-225-2415