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If you’ve been out on the piers and the beaches from Santa Monica to Seal Beach in the last year, then you’ve probably seen FCEC’s signs that help to identify fish species that are especially prone to chemical contamination. The reason we know you’ve probably seen them is that in addition to placing the sings, we’ve been sending our team, with help from the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and Heal the Bay, out to measure the sign’s effectiveness. And guess what? They are working!

In the course of our research, we interviewed anglers and beach goers asking them if they had seen the signs, what they remembered about them and if they planned to change their behavior. Meanwhile, we compared that data against the number of sings we place, where we placed them, and other media that has supported the message.

To share the results in a clear and fun way we translated the data into an easy to read info-sheet. This sheet can be shared though FCEC and our partners, with each other and our communities, to show the real progress we are making towards changing how anglers are choosing and sharing their catches with their friends and family. Take a look at the info sheet to see the results for yourself and tell us if the pier signs have helped you or your friends when you’ve been fishing in Southern California!


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

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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