Bringing Fish Contamination Info to the Saltwater Fly Rodders

FCEC’s biggest goal is to reduce the consumption of contaminated fish by Southern Californians.  Since fishermen catch and eat a lot of fish, what better way to reduce consumption of contaminated fish than reach out to them directly?

Last week, the Saltwater Fly Rodders in Montrose, CA invited FCEC to conduct a presentation about fish and sediment contamination off of the Palos Verdes Shelf.

Formed in 1968, the Saltwater Fly Rodders has been the only club on the West Coast devoted to saltwater fly fishing.  Even though the club is based in Montrose, its members have fished in places worldwide, such as Thailand and the Seychelles.

What’s great about the Fly Rodders is that they are supportive of educational and conservation efforts related to saltwater fisheries and saltwater fly fishing.  The club regularly participates in trade shows and leads fly tying demonstrations.

Increasing Awareness

The fishermen who attended our presentation at the club’s meeting left with some good takeaways.  Some of them knew that the white croaker was contaminated, but many of them were unaware that they should avoid eating fish like the topsmelt.

Phil Peck, a member of the Fly Rodders, found the information important to know: “I had no clue that contamination existed… I think it’s very important and everybody should know about it because you shouldn’t be eating that stuff!”

The message isn’t stopping there, though.  After the presentation, the Fly Rodders signed commitment letters and agreed to pass on what they learned to other fishermen.

How’s that for helpful?  We’d like to give the Saltwater Fly Rodders a huge thank you for having us.

Is your fishing club based in Southern California and is interested in learning more about fish contamination near the Palos Verdes Shelf?  Leave a comment below with some contact information or email us at  And don’t forget that our YouTube channel also has useful videos that help you identify fish you shouldn’t eat.

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