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FCEC presenting to the LBYC Anglers

Do you remember FCEC’s visit with the Saltwater Fly Rodders last month? We talked about the contamination off of the Palos Verdes Shelf and gave their members ways to reduce consumption of contaminated fish.

Last Wednesday, FCEC visited another organization: the Long Beach Yacht Club Anglers. The Anglers had scheduled their monthly dinner and invited us to present to over 75 of their members.

The club was founded in 1963 as an interest group for fishing enthusiasts organized under the Long Beach Yacht Club (LBYC). Currently, the Anglers have over 250 members and are the largest group within LBYC.

Charitable activities are important to their members: they donate fishing equipment to underprivileged children and educate individuals abroad who are interested in the sport.

The Anglers also promote public health by organizing fundraising tournaments for the City of Hope and Team Spirit Breast and Ovarian Cancer Walk.

Passing It On

At the meeting, our team member, Codi, met Dick, who is a Fishing Merit Badge counselor for the Boy Scouts. He found the information helpful for himself and his scouts: “I think it’s very important…I run into this all the time. This information is something I am certainly going to pass along to the kids when going through their merit badge.”

People like Dick and other Anglers of the Long Beach Yacht Club help us to spread our message past the organizations we visit and into the greater community. The more that people know about local fish contamination, the greater the chance of reducing health risk.

Thank you LBYC Anglers for having us and keep up the great work!

FCEC’s biggest goal is to reduce the consumption of contaminated fish by Southern Californians.  Since fishermen catch and eat a lot of fish, what better way to reduce consumption of contaminated fish than reach out to them directly?

Last week, the Saltwater Fly Rodders in Montrose, CA invited FCEC to conduct a presentation about fish and sediment contamination off of the Palos Verdes Shelf.

Formed in 1968, the Saltwater Fly Rodders has been the only club on the West Coast devoted to saltwater fly fishing.  Even though the club is based in Montrose, its members have fished in places worldwide, such as Thailand and the Seychelles.

What’s great about the Fly Rodders is that they are supportive of educational and conservation efforts related to saltwater fisheries and saltwater fly fishing.  The club regularly participates in trade shows and leads fly tying demonstrations.

Increasing Awareness

The fishermen who attended our presentation at the club’s meeting left with some good takeaways.  Some of them knew that the white croaker was contaminated, but many of them were unaware that they should avoid eating fish like the topsmelt.

Phil Peck, a member of the Fly Rodders, found the information important to know: “I had no clue that contamination existed… I think it’s very important and everybody should know about it because you shouldn’t be eating that stuff!”

The message isn’t stopping there, though.  After the presentation, the Fly Rodders signed commitment letters and agreed to pass on what they learned to other fishermen.

How’s that for helpful?  We’d like to give the Saltwater Fly Rodders a huge thank you for having us.

Is your fishing club based in Southern California and is interested in learning more about fish contamination near the Palos Verdes Shelf?  Leave a comment below with some contact information or email us at info@pvsfish.org.  And don’t forget that our YouTube channel also has useful videos that help you identify fish you shouldn’t eat.

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 info@pvsfish.org.

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.