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With spring in full bloom and fish starting to bite, it’s time to join in on the fun, local fishing and community events that are happening all around us. Grab your family and friends and reel them in for a good time this month with these local events:

>> Meet Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Programs Director for a morning of Fishing with Uncle Larry on April 12. Bring your fishing gear and get free instruction on fishing techniques, etiquette and fish identification.

>> On April 19 start your day with a beach cleanup at Cabrillo Beach, and then celebrate with us at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Earth Day Fair. FCEC will be hosting a booth at this event where we will be showcasing our fish identification game! Come play and learn how to identify the 5 Do Not Consume (DNC) fish.

>> Make a difference for our marine life by taking a half hour out of your day to participate in a local 30 Minute Beach Cleanup at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier on April 19.

>> Do you love the largest species of fish? Head down to the Aquarium of the Pacific on April 24 to hear from an experienced diver about his many encounters in Diving with Whale Sharks.

>> The Earth love continues on April 26 – 27 at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a weekend long Earth Day Celebration. FCEC will be at this event too! So come on by, grab some FCEC learning materials and test your fish identification skills by naming some local healthy fish to eat and DNC fish.

>> Discover the shore and sea life in a new way with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium at their Walk Cabrillo guided tour on April 27.

For more fun fishing related events, visit our FCEC calendar!

 

The fish are swimming strong, so it’s time to catch all the fishing fun! There are plenty of family friendly fishing-related activities that will surely bring out the naturalist in all of us.

>> Grunions are marching onto the beach this month. Start the season off right at Meet the Grunion on March 2 with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and try to catch some of these slippery creatures while you still can.

>> The annual Fred Hall Show is the premier outdoor recreation show. Come out to the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center to learn about the latest in fishing tackle and marine accessories from March 5 – 9. Stop by the Friends of Rollo booth where you will find Marina Del Rey Anglers and FCEC team members collecting pledges to fish responsibly by releasing the 5 local contaminated fish.

>> Are you ready for a trip of a lifetime? If so, join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium from March 6 – 14 on the Friendly Whales of Baja deep sea voyage!

>> It’s never too early to get introduced to marine life. Share the love of fish with your little one on March 15 at the Aquarium of the Pacific for Aqua Tots: Colors of the Ocean.

And if that’s not enough fun, check out the FCEC calendar of events for activities all month long!

*Photo courtesy of BD Outdoors.com

Say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014. The New Year is finally here! Be prepared to be fully entertained by the fun festivities and excursions we have this month to start the New Year off on the right foot.

>> Ever wonder what it’s like to take care of penguins and lorikeets for a living? Join the Aquarium of the Pacific on January 4 and job shadow a Penguin and Lorikeet Biologist for an eye opening experience.

>> It’s been a wacky winter weather-wise! To learn more about how climate change is affecting the local community, come to the Annenberg Community Beach House to participate in the Forum on Regional Coastal Impact Sea Level Rise on January 7.

>> Did you know that there’s a real castle right here in Los Angeles? Discover where it is by joining The Rubel Castle Excursion on January 17.

>> On January 25-26 celebrate the creative spirit of people with disabilities by attending the Festival of Human Abilities at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

>> If getting fit and having more fun is at the top of your New Year’s Resolution’s list, make sure not to miss Kayak Palos Verdes with REI on January 26.

>> It’s fiesta time! Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a whale-sized fiesta with games, arts, crafts, exhibits and more. Don’t miss out on this family-friendly event on January 26. FCEC will also be there with our good ol’ fishing game, so be sure to stop by!

>> Lastly, fear sharks no more! Attend the Plight of the Oceanic Whitetip Sharks event at the Aquarium of the Pacific on January 30 and experience what it’s like to dive with these oceanic creatures from real deal shark enthusiasts!

And if that’s not enough fun, check out the FCEC calendar of events for activities all month long!

*Photo courtesy of Hujiang.com.

 

This November, there’s a wide range of entertaining events for everyone in your life. Give thanks for your family and friends by spending some quality time together at these fun local events!

>> If you have been feeling stressed lately, start this month off on the right foot and head over to Golden Bridge Yoga on November 2 for a Free Yoga session provided by Heal the Bay!

>> Not sure what to do for date night? Attend the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Night Dive for an evening surrounded by fish, fabulous food and cocktails on November 8.

>> Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Stay in shape and healthy the fun way, by signing up for the GI Joe Pier to Pier Run/Walk at Huntington Beach Pier on November 9.

>> Celebrate the Harvest Moon, a popular Asian Tradition, at the Autumn Festival on November 9-10.  Cultural demonstrations, crafts, acrobatics and music are sure to lead your family into an exciting weekend. FCEC will be hosting a booth at this event, so make sure to stop by to play our fun fishing game!

>> Free fishing! Catch the Angler Outreach Team on the Cabrillo Pier on November 16 for an educational and fun fishing session.

>> Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? SpongeBob Square pants! If your kids are fans of the show, make sure to go to SpongeBob Appreciation Day at the Aquarium of the Pacific on November 17 for a special 4D film!

>> Not into cooking a whole feast? Experience an out of the ordinary Thanksgiving Lunch with your fishy friends at the Aquarium of the Pacific on November 28.

And if that’s not enough fun, check out the FCEC calendar of events for activities all month long!

*Photo courtesy All Posters.

 

Just because summer is over, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Take a look at some of the family-friendly happenings going on this September. From concerts, to local cleanups, to festivals, to free fishing sessions, September is another month that is sure to be fun-filled.

>> Grab your fork and head out to the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach for The Original Lobster Festival September 6-8.

>> Get your workout in this weekend on a scenic course! Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting their 2nd Annual Aquarium of the Pacific 5K September 8, and then you can head down to Rainbow Harbor for some local fishing.

>> Enjoy the last 29th Annual Twilight Concert series performance of the summer on September 12 at the Santa Monica Pier and share your favorite tunes of the summer with us.

>> Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere! September 21 is the official California Coastal Cleanup Day, where various organizations and communities come together for one day to clean up our local beaches and waterways. Keep our ocean and marine life safe and lend a cleaning hand this Coastal Cleanup Day with Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium or Heal the Bay.

>> Get ready for some reeling and take a stroll to the Cabrillo Pier or to the Santa Monica Pier on September 28 for a free fishing session! Explore fish caught off the pier and find out how to identify the local contaminated fish with the Angler Outreach Team.

>> Join us as we attend Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Baja Splash Festival in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month September 28-29. There will be plenty of live entertainment, crafts, educational programs and ethnic cuisine to fill your entire weekend!

Find out what other fun and fishing related events are going on this month on the FCEC calendar of events.

What events will you be attending as fall kicks off?

 

Summer isn’t over until you’ve gone fishing! If you haven’t had a chance to go on a fishing trip, then August is your month! Take a look at some of our favorite fishing-friendly happenings this month:

>> Celebrate the final month of summer at the Redondo Beach Pier with fun community events including free summer concerts every Thursday and Saturday through the end of summer.

>> Put on your Los Anglers fishing hat and head on out to the Belmont Pier on August 2 for the 60th Annual Kids Fishing Rodeo.

>> Are you an Ocean-lover? Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is hosting an Ocean Appreciation Weekend August 3 – 4 with interactive games, crafts, face painting, educational presentations and more!

>> Head out to the Cabrillo Pier for a free fishing session on August 9! Learn how to catch local safe fish to eat and how to identify the local contaminated fish with the Angler Outreach Team.

>> Ever been to a swap meet just for fishing? Check out the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation’s Fishing Swap Meet on August 10 in Long Beach and stock up on fishing supplies!

>> See the Sea, Si? The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium invites you to their floating lab on August 24, where you will learn about the world of plankton, shore animals and other sandy bottom fish.

>> Are you in for a whale watch adventure? Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium search for whales, dolphins and seabirds aboard a 90-foot-yacht in San Pedro on August 25.

For more summer fun and fishing related activities, check out the FCEC calendar of events.

What events will you be enjoying these last days of summer?

 

It’s sunny, clear and time for you to enjoy more fishing and ocean related events. July is a month full of community Bar-B-Que’s, 4th of July celebrations and family-friendly fun! Take a look at some of our favorite happenings going on this month and be sure to enjoy summer the right way with these outdoors and sea-side activities:

>> Start the month right with a Party on the Pier full of food, music and fireworks at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier on July 4 or celebrate our country’s independence at the Aquarium of the Pacific for their family friendly Bar-B-Que and fireworks show!

>> Get your hands dirty and our beaches clean with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s staff at their monthly Beach Cleanup July 6. You and our ocean will be glad you did.

>> You can’t enjoy summertime properly without some smooth tunes, right? Starting July 6, enjoy free live music at the Redondo Beach Pier for their Summer of Music every Thursday and Saturday through the end of summer!

>> How about a late night adventure this summer? On July 10 meet the grunion at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and learn about the silvery fish.

>> More summer jams are starting this month at the Santa Monica Pier’s 29th Annual Twilight Concerts.  July 11 kicks off LA’s favorite summer concert series with some of the best contemporary and classic music along with the most amazing views in Southern California.

>> On your mark, get set, dragon race! July 27-28 the largest dragon boat competition will be taking place at the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival. There will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, music and martial arts performances and more!

Check out our FCEC calendar for more information about these events and more. Where are you headed this summer? Let us know how you are celebrating this month!

*Photo courtesy of My Santa Monica Life.

 

Last month, our Angler Outreach Team conducted their first fishing session. Fishing sessions are a new and interactive way for FCEC to provide outreach to local anglers on how to target safe fish to eat. By bringing the information to the piers and providing a hands-on learning experience, the Angler Outreach Team can directly make an impact on anglers’ behaviors.

“Fishing sessions are a really cool type of outreach. It’s different, and they [anglers] like learning about what type of fish they catch in this area,” reported an Angler Outreach Team member from Heal the Bay.

When fish are caught during the fishing sessions, they are placed into a glass tank for anglers and kids to see. The tank provides an up-close and personal way to help anglers properly identify fish species. Many children have enjoyed “touching the live fish during the fish identification,” portion of the session, and anglers have expressed that they “like having someone out on the pier showing them how to target different fish species that are healthy to eat,”  says an Angler Outreach Team member from Cabrillo Marine Aquarium.

The sessions provide both a fun and educational experience for all. Fishing sessions are fit for first time anglers, families and experienced anglers looking to refresh their fishing knowledge. Come join us at the next fishing session with our Angler Outreach Team to learn more about fishing and how to catch the safe fish to eat!

Stay tuned to our Facebook page and event calendar for upcoming fishing sessions. And while you’re waiting for the next fishing session to arrive, check out some of these actions shots from our latest fishing sessions:

How are you gearing up for some spring time fun? We have listed some of our favorite upcoming events this month to help you swing into Spring the right way. From dancing under the sea stars to an incredible ocean adventure and a sustainable seafood festival, there’s plenty of action to keep you moving this month.

>> Start the month off with a night under the sea stars on March 1! Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for their annual Noche de Estrellas for live Latin music, dancing, dinner, underwater dive shows and more.

>> It’s celebration time! March 1-3 the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium celebrates its 10 year anniversary. The celebration is happening all weekend long, so be sure to be a part of the fun with Heal the Bay, Aquarium staff and volunteers for this exciting benchmark. There’ll even be birthday cake and ice cream for those of you with a sweet tooth!

>> Learn about the ocean’s most feared predator in a three part series of lectures from an underwater cinematographer on March 5, 7 & 13. There will also be a shark exhibit titled “Sharks: The Beauty of the Ocean Predator” through May for you to enjoy at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

>> Want to go on a journey of a lifetime? Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has just the trip for you. March 7 – 15, go on a nine-day ocean voyage filled with the friendly whales of Baja, offshore island hikes and more!

>> Love Chowdah? Seafood for the Future is hosting a Best of the West Chowderfest March 9 to celebrate sustainable seafood and enjoy one-of-a-kind chowders cooked with local California seafood. FCEC will be attending this event, so don’t miss out on this one!

>> Aquarium of the Pacific celebrates divers on March 23 at their 12th annual Divers Day. Take a look at live dive demonstrations, meet local organizations related to the sport and science of diving, and learn how to get involved with dive related organizations and volunteer opportunities to protect the ocean and marine life we all love.

More information about these events and others are on our FCEC calendar.

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There are plenty of ways to spread the love all month long with family and friends at local community events. Here are some of our favorites for this month:

>> The Whale Watching continues! Catch a ride with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium all month long for the chance to see a Pacific grey whale.

>> It’s boating time. February 7 – 10 browse through the Los Angeles Boat Show at the LA Convention Center and Marina del Rey locations and sign up for a hands on clinic to learn about power boating and sailing from experts.

>> On February 13, join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for their “Birds and the Bees, Under the Seas” program and learn how marine creatures mate, reproduce and ensure their young survive.

>> It’s the most romantic time of the year. Celebrate Valentine’s Day February 14 at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a gourmet dinner and a chance to explore the Aquarium at night with its elegant and romantic lighting.

>> Want to get your kids hooked on fishing? February 16 the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation is providing kids 10-14 a memorable and safe day of learning and fishing.

>> It’s shark time! The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is hosting Shark Sundays through the month of February. Don’t miss your chance to learn some fun facts about the misunderstood creatures and get up close to the shark tank every Sunday at 3:30 pm.

>> Cultural festivals are always fun. February 23-24 Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting their annual African American Festival featuring live entertainment, ethnic food, dancers, musicians, storytellers and more!

>> Learn about California’s Love Affair with the Sea. Join author David Helvarg on February 28 at the Aquarium of the Pacific, as he discusses his book The Golden Shore, which dives into the state’s connection with the sea.

More information about these events and others are on our FCEC calendar.

How will you be spreading the love this month?

*Photo courtesy Aquarium of the Pacific.