Archive for the ‘Fishing’ Category

The smell of salty fish is still in the air from the many fish biting last month at the 60th Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo and the 22nd Annual Seal Beach Youth Fishing Derby. As a long held tradition, these fishing derbies aim to get kids hooked on fishing at an early age. Through the fun and friendly competitions, young anglers are encouraged to show off their budding fishing skills and develop a lifelong passion for fishing.

Youth fishing derbies such as these are also a great way for FCEC to send home positive messages about fishing while educating local community members about the local Do Not Consume (DNC) fish. Parents and children were given information about which local fish are safe or not safe to eat and put their learning to practice by playing our fish identification game!

Check out the photo slideshow to see all the fun!

This past year, FCEC partnered with Marina Del Rey Anglers to increase our sport angler outreach efforts. Check out this video as Marina Del Rey Anglers outreach comes to life and see the local sport angling community raise awareness of the risks associated with eating local contaminated fish and implement best fishing practices, such as catch and release, how to fillet a fish and pledging to fish responsibly.

Happy Fishing!


FCEC is excited to announce the launch of a new website that puts anglers and Los Angeles in the spotlight: introducing,! is a go-to resource for fishing in Southern California. Whether you’re new to fishing or a seasoned pro, offers practical tips and important information while creating an online gathering place for the local angling community to connect with other fishing enthusiasts and groups. Before you dive into the new site, we’d like to introduce you to a few things you’ll love about

The “All About Fish” section offers lots of useful information about some of the most popular fish you’re likely to catch in our local waters such as, sizes, weights, nicknames, where to find them and how to tell them apart. While each fish entry will feature an illustration in “All About Fish” section, the “Angler Gallery” offers you a chance to show off your own catches and share them with your friends and the rest of the LosAnglers community!

Along with information about the fish, also highlights information about popular fishing locations in Southern California and fishing locations with scenic views, surfing, shopping and dining. With a quick click you’ll be able to use to plan the perfect fishing trip for your buddies or your family, or look for a new fishing spot to call your own.

Finally, the “Questions and Anglers” section offers a moderated forum where you can ask questions and or provide advice to other anglers about fishing.

Putting it all together, is an exciting place that will help turn many diverse fishing groups of California into an active and supportive community!

We’re excited to see the LosAnglers community grow! Share what you think about the new website and what your favorite page is in the Comment section below!

Every season in Southern California is fishing season. To put it bluntly, the fish are always biting! It’s one of the things that makes saltwater fishing so special in our region, and FCEC wants to help you prepare for your future outings.

Take Me Fishing is a great website that FCEC highly recommends to all who love to fish or are just learning how. It’s a one-spot-stop resource that includes great information on where the fish are biting, how to buy a license, recent fishing news in blog posts, and one of FCEC’s favorites, ways to preserve our nation’s waterways.

Fishing and conservation go hand in hand. The healthier our waterways, the better the fish are. Take Me Fishing provides great tips on how to reduce water pollution as well as great ways to respect our natural resources by reducing litter, knowing appropriate regulations and great reasons to never waste the fish you catch.

Additionally, if you are a beginner angler, Take Me Fishing will do more than get you ready to cast that first line! They help you learn about fish species and their habitat. Want to learn how to tie and knot? They’ve got that too, as well as information about lures and other fishing necessities like the proper way to prepare the fish you catch and decide to keep.

Don’t be afraid to start fishing! Even if you are experienced, there is always something new to learn. Fishing is a lifelong endeavor and something the whole family can enjoy, so visit Take Me Fishing and share with us a bit about what you learned in the comment section below. And remember, be safe and have fun out there!


FCEC celebrated our annual Fisherman Appreciation Day Saturday, June 25 at Santa Monica Pier.  Anglers, members from our partner organizations, families and pier-goers alike joined us to enjoy the sunny weather, learn more about the local environment and which local fish are contaminated, and celebrate our fishing communities!

There were many activities at the event that we think you would like to read about, so why not tell a story through photos?


Happy team member Paula




The day started off with FCEC and our partners setting up educational tables where visitors can learn about the work of local environmental, ocean and fishing-related organizations.  Here is our table, complete with a display, tip cards, brochures, and our happy team member Paula!





Marina del Rey Anglers




Our partner organizations also had tables, including: Cabrillo Marine AquariumHeal the BayMontrose Settlements Restoration ProgramSanta Monica BaykeeperMarina del Rey Anglers and Seafood for the Future.  Our friends with Marina del Rey Anglers had a table even though they hosted Youth Fishing Day at Fisherman’s Wharf in Marina del Rey that same morning!




Colorful face paint






We had plenty of fun activities for the kids.  Creative Faces provided face-painting activities to make kids’ faces wonderfully colorful.







Hooked on Mr. Hookbaitman's trivia game




“Mr. Hook Baitman” from Westside Comedy Theater got the kids hooked on his entertaining trivia game.  Here’s a sample question; see if you can get it right:

1. Which fatty fish has been found to be the most toxic?

A. Dorothy, Elmo’s goldfish   B. Jaws   C. White Croaker





Larry Fukuhara's fishing workshop






Just before enjoying the delicious Mexican food provided by Mariasol Restaurant, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Programs Director Larry Fukuhara led a fishing workshop.  He shared his best techniques for catching local fish that are not contaminated, among other fishing tips.







Monica and her new custom-wrapped fishing rod




And at the end of the day, it was time to give away our raffle prizes!  The grand prize was a custom-wrapped fishing rod won by a fisherwoman named Monica.

Thank you to Harbor Breeze CruisesSpirit Cruises, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and Santa Monica Pier Bait & Tackle Company for their contributions that made the amazing giveaways possible!





Heal the Bay's Angler Outreach crew





We hope everyone had a great time at Fisherman Appreciation Day and left Santa Monica Pier as happy as our partners from Heal the Bay!






For more pictures from Fisherman Appreciation Day, take a look at the photo album on our Face book Page.

Did you attend Fisherman Appreciation Day?  Tell us what you thought of the event by leaving a comment below.

When you are out on the piers, it is important to identify the fish you catch; now, we are making it fun by turning it into a contest! If you’re one who enjoys fishing off the beautiful Southern California coast between the Santa Monica and Seal Beach piers, it’s important to be able to identify the differences between healthy fish to eat and the local contaminated fish. Check out our “Name that Fish” slideshow below and test yourself to see if you can identify and differentiate between the healthy fish to eat and the do not consume fish!

Correctly identify each fish in the slide show (1 through 6) by answering in the comment section below by July 27th. Those who answer correctly will be entered in a drawing to win a Day Fishing Trip for 2 courtesy of LA Harbor Sportfishing! The winner will be announced on July 28th.

If you’re looking to catch some helpful hints, check out our useful resources on our YouTube channel, Healthy Fish to Eat page and Southern California Fish Consumption Advisory page!

Use these new signs as an easy reference.The next time that you are on a local pier, beach or fishing area, keep an eye out for our new fish advisory signs.  These new signs reflect the latest fish advisory set by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazards Assessment and will be posted at 29 locations by the end of the summer.

The fish advisory signs remind anglers to protect their health and the health of their families by not eating the five most contaminated fish caught between Santa Monica Pier and Seal Beach Pier: white croaker, barred sand bass, black croaker, topsmelt and barracuda.

The messaging on the signs is printed in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese, so that anglers who speak languages other than English can understand the information.  It was crafted in collaboration with our partners and got positive reviews by anglers on the piers.  We are excited to know that these signs will help anglers to easily determine which fish should not be consumed.

Check out the signs for yourself and let us know what you think.  Use the Google map below to find a fishing location near you.

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If you are looking for additional information about the new signs, here is a roundup of the recent media coverage on them:

“Group warns anglers not to eat some fish they catch”LA Daily News and sister papers

“New ‘Contaminated Fish’ Signs to be Posted in Southern California” – KTLA 5

“Piers get new signs warning against eating 5 kinds of fish”Daily Breeze

“Pier signs warn Southland anglers against eating some fish” – ABC 7

“Signs Warn Shore Anglers of Contaminated Fish”Marina del Rey Patch and sister sites

Everyone is invited to Fisherman Appreciation Day!FCEC team members and partners always appreciate those who fish!  This month, we will be showing our appreciation with a big event: our Second Annual Fisherman Appreciation Day.  We invite you, your family and friends to join us for a day of free food, fun games, educational displays and raffle prizes.  Everyone is welcome!

Date: June 25, 2011

Time: 11am – 2pm

Location: The end of Santa Monica Pier

This year’s Fisherman Appreciation Day will have face painting activities offered by Creative Faces, entertainment by Westside Comedy Theater, and interactive games for the children along with educational booths staffed by several organizations, including Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Heal the Bay, Montrose Settlements Restoration ProgramSanta Monica Baykeeper, Marina del Rey Anglers and Seafood for the Future.  These booths will give you the opportunity to learn about the local environment and contamination.  FCEC team members will also provide tips on how to protect your health by not consuming contaminated fish.

As for those who are interested in honing their fishing skills, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Program Director, Larry Fukuhara, will lead a workshop at the event.  During the workshop, we will serve free food and refreshments provided by Mariasol Restaurant.

Finally, to really show our appreciation, we are giving away raffle prizes valued at over $400.  The prizes include whale watching and harbor cruise tickets, tickets to the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and a custom wrapped fishing rod.  Thank you to Harbor Breeze Cruises, Spirit Cruises, the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific and Santa Monica Pier Bait & Tackle Company for their generous contributions.

Fisherman Appreciation Day happens only once a year.  So, help us to make this celebration worthwhile by coming out with your friends and family!  You can download the event flyer and distribute it to others.

If you have any questions or thoughts about this event, leave a comment below and we will get back to you shortly.

FCEC MapDid you know our site now features a new page that shows information that will be useful to everyone, from anglers to families?  We proudly unveil the FCEC map, which highlights a few things:

Pier Locations by Zone

We often mention how fish consumption guidelines vary by fishing zone: white croaker, barred sand bass, topsmelt, black croaker and barracuda should not be eaten if caught from the red zone.   Black croaker and barracuda should also not be eaten if caught from the yellow zone.

What might have been difficult to figure out though, was which zone your pier falls under.  Now, you can use our FCEC map to determine that information.  All piers from Ventura Harbor to San Clemente Point are marked according to zone.

Bait & Tackle Shops

Not sure if there are any bait & tackle shops near your house or a certain pier?  The FCEC map marks those locations as well; just look for a fish-head and rod.

Community Organizations

The map also highlights several community organizations, including angling clubs, environmental organizations, aquariums and ethnic wellness services.  The United Anglers of Southern California, Heal the Bay, Cabrillo Marine AquariumAquarium of the Pacific and Boat People SOS are all on there.

We hope you will use this map frequently; it’s there not only to help you determine which fishing zone a pier is located within, but also to serve as a directory for places related to fishing, the ocean and public health.

If you have any suggestions for additional locations that would be useful to you, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email us.

We have another fish identification video for you!  This time, it’s about the barred sand bass, a very common sportfish in Southern California.

The barred sand bass is contaminated with DDT and PCBs, so it’s not safe for eating if caught between fishing areas from Santa Monica to Seal Beach.  Those who are fishing north of Santa Monica and south of Seal Beach can check our fish consumption advisory for a different set of guidelines.

For helpful tips on how to tell this fish from other species, watch the video below.

Versions of this video with Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese subtitles are on our YouTube channel.  You can check out videos of the white croaker and topsmelt on there as well.

If you have any questions about the barred sand bass or other fish, shoot us a comment below.  And please help us spread this information by sharing this video with others.