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Why worry about “June gloom” when you can, “June zoom,” over to some fun and eco-conscious activities? Whether you’re in the mood for a concert or a contest, a day on the ocean or a night at the aquarium, we’ve got a line-up that will start your summer off right.

>> Come and Say Aloha on June 3 at the 9th annual Pacific Islander Festival hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific. Get shaking with multi-cultural dancing, games, art and food!

>> For something soothing, drift away on June 7 to the sounds of the ocean and the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra for “Sounds and Spaces,” ant the Aquarium of the Pacific.

>> Obey the law of the lake for a chance at $2000 in cash prizes. Head out to Convict Lake on June 8-10 for the Hangman’s Bonus Fishing Derby.

>> A day late but not at all short, celebrate World Ocean Day on June 9, at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium or join the beach party at the Santa Monica Pier’s Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival. Both filled with facts and fun for the whole family.

>> Come and appreciate Dads, fisherman—or both. The 3rd annual Fisherman’s Appreciation Day has a day’s worth of FREE family fun on June 16 at the Venice Pier The on the June 17, sign dad up for The Father’s Day BBQ at the Aquarium of the Pacific!

>> Sea lions and dolphins and sharks, oh my! Sign up for adventure with Catalina Above and Below at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on June 23 and get up close and personal with SoCal’s marine animals.

>> It’s a day at the beach they will never forget. Youth Fishing Day on June 24 at Fisherman’s Village will teach your kids how to fish for a lifetime with free fishing, bait, rods, reels and parking!

Check out additional information about these events, and more, on our FCEC calendar. It looks like it’s going to be a cool summer!

Which events will you be attending this month? Share with us below!

*Photo is courtesy of Naples News.

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.

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.

Get your dose of summer fun.June is here!  There are plenty of celebrations and excursions this month; consider attending the ones we’ve listed below to get your dose of summer fun.

»Visit Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on Saturday, June 4 and celebrate World Ocean Day.  Children will get to participate in a scavenger hunt and storytime.  The celebration will also include a cleanup of Cabrillo Beach.

»The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race and Ocean Festival is on Saturday, June 11.  Sponsored by Santa Monica Pier and the Honolua Surf Co., the festival will feature paddleboard races, dory competitions, outrigger canoes, live music and a museum of antique surfboards, paddleboards and lifeguard equipment.  A portion of the proceeds from the event will go toward Heal the Bay and the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

»Are you interested in learning about the marine life near Catalina Island?  Join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff on an expedition on June 11.  Participants will travel with aquarium staff as they look out for marine birds, dolphins, whales, sea lions and seals.  They will also assist staff in collecting specimens of marine life for study.  A highlight of the trip involves a controlled shark baiting, which lures sharks to the boat for closer observation.

»The ‘Fishing for $50k’ Trout Derby at Big Bear Lake is also on June 11.  A total of ten tagged trout will be released into the lake for the competition.  Anglers who catch a tagged trout will win a prize, and one will win the grand prize of $50,000.

Looking to catch $50k?

»Humans use the coastal ocean for many purposes.  During the weekend of June 18-19, join the Aquarium of the Pacific staff at the Urban Ocean Festival as they explore how humans, marine life and the coastal environment are all related.  The festival will include an art exhibition, eco-friendly fashion show and contest, interactive mural painting, urban ocean cruises, poetry readings, sustainable seafood demonstrations, live music, and educational activities.

»On June 25, join FCEC team members at Santa Monica Pier for our 2nd Annual Fisherman Appreciation Day.  Attendees will learn about healthy fish consumption information and fishing tips.  We will also give out raffle prizes, including aquarium tickets, harbor cruise and whale watching tickets and a fishing rod.

There are more events on our FCEC calendar.  Be sure to take a look!

Images via jurvetson and HuntFishGuide on Flickr

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.