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Fishing enthusiasts at the Cerritos Rod & Gun Club in November learned about which fish caught off the Palos Verdes Shelf they should avoid.

“I was definitely surprised at all the other species of fish in addition to the white croaker that we shouldn’t be eating,” said Cerritos Rod & Gun Club President Charles Sharp.

Check out the video below where two members of the club talk about the impact of our presentation. If you’re interested in having FCEC talk with your fishing group, let us know by leaving a comment below or emailing

FCEC is coming to a fishing spot near you! Over the past year our program has identified several fishing locations between Seal Beach and Santa Monica that will be targeted for signage, warning about local fish contamination.

Whether piers or local fishing spots, the goal is that each locale will host a sign that warns against consuming the five most contaminated fish. The signs, which are estimated to be installed by Summer 2011, will also direct anglers to FCEC’s website for more information.

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On Thursday, July 29th, FCEC headed out to the Redondo Beach Rod and Gun Club to talk shop about fish contamination in our region. Many, if not most, in attendance are active anglers or have friends and family that fish on occasion.

FCEC believes that educating anglers with personal outreach is one of the best ways to protect human health. When anglers know what fish are most contaminated they are more likely to throw those fish back and not consume them. In all, 20 tip cards were handed out at the event!

Below is a video of Redondo Beach Rod and Gun Club member, David, who tells FCEC why the information he heard during the presentation was so helpful.

July 31st was a great day to celebrate our fishing culture in Southern California and FCEC!

Over 120 people graced the Venice Pier for educational workshops, free food, games and of course great prizes! During the fun-filled afternoon, FCEC was able to reach a substantial number of anglers (and kids!) about fish contamination issues along the Palos Verdes Shelf.

With the help of veteran fisherman Larry Fukuhara from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, FCEC addressed better fishing practices, such as how to tie fishing line to target certain fish and which fish to release.

This unique community outreach experience was our way of saying thank you to all those who make our work so meaningful. Thank you also to our partners who made the day possible: Seafood for the Future, Montrose Settlements Restoration Program, Heal the Bay, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, James’ Beach Restaurant and Sidewalk Café.

It was also a great way to have a little fun in the Southern California sun while talking fish! Check out pictures from the event in our Facebook Fisherman Appreciation Day photo album. Do you have pictures from the event? Share them on our wall.

Do you like to fish? How about free food, fun games and prizes? Well, if your answer is yes to any of these (not-so-tough) questions you should bring your family and friends on out to FCEC’s Fisherman Appreciation Day in Venice this coming Saturday.

Here are the details:

Location: End of Venice Pier

Date: July 31st, 2010

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

The family friendly event will have interactive games and educational displays. There will be yummy grub and expert tips on how to hone your fishing skills, as well as what locally caught fish are safe to eat and what should be avoided.

Larry Fukuhara of the fabulous Cabrillo Marine Aquarium will hold a fishing demo and those that attend will receive a FREE FCEC tote bag, a pack of lures and hooks and lunch provided by James Beach and The Sidewalk Cafe!

Fisherman Appreciation Day is FCEC’s way to say thanks to all the anglers out there that keep our Southern California piers vibrant. It’s also for the community at large, to help educate and entice more people to grab their fishing polls and cast a line!

So why not come out? For more info, call 562-597-0205 or check out this even poster.

In our last issue of the FCEC newsletter we informed you that our program was set to receive a prestigious Environmental Justice National Achievement award from EPA headquarters in Washington DC, and on February 10, 2010 we celebrated in San Pedro, California at the Cabrillo Beach Bathhouse.

With over 50 people in attendance, the event was not only a celebration of the work that FCEC does, but it was also a tribute to all of the partners that make it happen on the ground, and in our communities, day in and day out.

Keith Takata, Superfund Director USEPA Region 9, opened the event with a short introduction, which followed with the award presentation by Enrique Manzanilla also of the USEPA Region 9. Tiffany Nguyen, an FCEC partner, then gave remarks about the significance of the award on behalf of the recipients.

“The significance of receiving the award is that our work and effort in promoting healthy fish diets in the Vietnamese community has received recognition from the EPA,” Tiffany Nguyen of BPSOS later said. “The program is increasing awareness [about] fish diets and the program is positively changing the behavior of fish consumption and fish selection.”

Other members that were recognized for their work included Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, California Dept. of Fish and Game, City of Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services, Heal the Bay, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Orange County Health Care Agency, St. Anselm’s Cross-Cultural Community Center, Cal-EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, Asian Youth Center, Herald Community Center and S. Groner Associates.

There are also many other partners that make vital contributions to the project, including Montrose Settlements Restoration Program trustees, the Santa Moncia Bay Restoration Commission, Cal-EPA Department of Toxic Substances, California Department of Pubic Health Environmental Health Investigations Branch and Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts.

“Community members are beginning to pay attention to other contaminants associated with fish consumption as a result of our work,” added Nguyen. “And as a result babies will be born in healthier conditions and cancer rates will decrease among adults.”

It is FCEC’s hope that the Environmental Justice Achievement Award is only the beginning. The work must continue in order to have a lasting impact on the community.

To view a slideshow of the event, please click here.