LONG BEACH, Calif. — Southern California coastal officials are warning boaters that chumming for sharks in order to capture video of the predators can create a safety hazard.

Gonzalo Medino, marine safety chief for Long Beach, says he’s received reports that people on recreational boats and fishing vessels have been spotted throwing bait in the water near shore to attract sharks.

There’s been a spike in shark sightings this year off Southern California beaches. At least one swimmer has been bitten.

Medina tells the Press-Telegram newspaper (http://bit.ly/2sE2w5k ) that marine safety officers can issue tickets for discarding material in the water that isn’t attached to a hook, but none have been issued so far.


Information from: Press-Telegram, http://www.presstelegram.com