O’Donnell Secures $3.75 Million for Shark Research, Beach Safety

For immediate release:

California budget includes funds for CSULB Shark Lab


(Sacramento) –The 2018-19 budget approved by the Legislature Thursday includes Assemblymember O’Donnell’s request for funding to research the increased number of shark sightings along the California coast.

The budget includes $3.75 million for the world-renowned California State University, Long Beach Shark Lab to conduct research of the rising number of shark sightings and incidents in local waters.

“It is critical that we understand why we are seeing more sharks along our coast so that we can be prepared and safe at the beach,” Assemblymember O’Donnell said. “We secured funds for shark research and beach safety with the assistance and expertise of CSULB Shark Lab Director Dr. Chris Lowe. I am confident that the results of this important work will have a meaningful impact for the families and neighbors who frequent our local beaches.”

Assemblymember O’Donnell and Dr. Lowe have hosted events throughout the year and worked to educate the public on the importance of this funding. The budget takes effect July 1 after being signed by Governor Jerry Brown.


Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell represents the 70th Assembly District, which includes Long Beach, Signal Hill, San Pedro and Catalina Island.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                       CONTACT: Paige Pelonis

June 14, 2018                                                                                                                     (562) 429-0470


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