Article 20. White Sharks And Basking Sharks of California Fish And Game Code >> Division 6. >> Part 3. >> Chapter 2. >> Article 20.
(a) It is unlawful to take any white shark (Carcharodon
carcharias) for commercial purposes, except under permits issued
pursuant to Section 1002 for scientific or educational purposes or
pursuant to subdivision (b) for scientific or live display purposes.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), white sharks may be taken
incidentally by commercial fishing operations using set gill nets,
drift gill nets, or roundhaul nets. White shark taken pursuant to
this subdivision shall not have the pelvic fin severed from the
carcass until after the white shark is brought ashore. White shark
taken pursuant to this subdivision, if landed alive, may be sold for
scientific or live display purposes.
(c) Any white shark killed or injured by any person in
self-defense may not be landed.
The department shall cooperate, to the extent that it
determines feasible, with appropriate scientific institutions to
facilitate data collection on white sharks taken incidentally by
commercial fishing operations.
The commission may adopt regulations to manage basking
sharks. A basking shark may not be taken commercially unless the
commission adopts regulations for that activity and the taking is in
accordance with those regulations.