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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.

 

The times are a changin’, but don’t worry we won’t fall short on any fun events this season. There are plenty of family-friendly activities all month long that will certainly provide fresh perspectives on some fishy news.

>> Tired of the same old thing? Visit the Aquarium of the Pacific on October 5 and enjoy some diversity with live performances, music, dance and cultural craft demonstrations at the 9th Annual Southeast Asia Day.

>> Get over hump day! Enjoy some mixing and mingling at the Instacanvas Gallery Show at Hamilton Gallery to benefit Heal the Bay on October 10.

>> Don’t forget pets are family members too. Bring the whole pack out to Santa Monica Pier on October 11 to view a classic: Snoopy, Come Home, presented by Front Porch Cinema.

>> Young anglers will want to stop by the Whittier Narrow Recreation Center on October 19 to enjoy a fun, yet educational morning reeling in some fish with the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation Junior Fishing Club. This remarkable club meets every third Saturday of the month and serves to enhance knowledge of safe fishing practices.

>> Want to make a big difference, but short on time? We got you covered. Come out on October 20 for a 30-Minute Beach Cleanup at Belmont Shore. A little help goes a long way to keep our beaches clean and marine life safe!

>> Need something spookier to do? On October 26 & 27 Heal the Bay is hosting Fishy Fest, which is an annual celebration of Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos at the Santa Monica Bay Aquarium. Be sure to come out and enjoy some spine-tingling facts about sharks and other misunderstood creatures!

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

What other events will you and your family be attending this month? Let us know!

*Photo courtesy of Don Bastian Wet Flies.

 

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?

 

Fishing is a great sport and provides us all with an enjoyable, active and healthy hobby. FCEC is here not only to promote fishing and the consumption of safe fish to eat, but to also protect the public’s health by reducing the risk of consuming local contaminated fish. Last year, was the first year we partnered with Marina del Rey Anglers to start building awareness of local contaminated fish and promote healthy fishing practices. In the past year, Marina del Rey Anglers, FCEC and Los Anglers joined forces again to reach out to the sport angling community by promoting healthy and safe fishing habits and even added a fun raffle to go along with the outreach!

Marina del Rey Anglers collected 500 commitment letters from anglers pledging to fish responsibly, respect our marine environment and fisheries, release local contaminated fish and keep and consume only safe fish to eat.  Additionally, Marina del Rey Anglers collected over 300 surveys at a number of fishing related events. To sweeten the deal, MDRA secured a brand new Avet Reel to raffle off to local sport anglers who participated in the survey. Way to go MDRA!

Congratulations to Brian S. from Simi Valley who won the reel! We hope to see you using your new reel in fishing photos at www.LosAnglers.org.

Did you know you can post your fishing photos on www.LosAnglers.org too? Show off your latest catches using your fishing gear!

Summer is just around the corner. Are you ready for what’s coming up? We have the latest news on where the most exciting fishing events are happening this month. With derbies, discounts and Fisherman’s Appreciation Day to keep you entertained, you’ll be wishing every month was like June. So grab your shades, fishing rods and ice coolers, and let the fishing fun begin!

>> Enjoy your evenings at the Aquarium of the Pacific for just $14.95 from now until September. Adults, seniors and children ages 3-11 can take advantage of this special price after 5:00 pm on selected Discounted Late Nights. The nighttime activities of the animals and beautiful evening lighting transform the Aquarium into a whole other place!

>> Join the Marina Del Rey Anglers on June 8 – 9 for the 38th Annual Halibut Derby. Compete against other anglers for the biggest catch and have fun with friends and family during these two fun filled days on the water. All proceeds from the event support two great causes.

>> Los Anglers invites local fishermen and families to the 4th Annual Fisherman’s Appreciation Day on Venice Pier. On June 15, come out to the pier for free food, games and prizes. You will even have a chance to hone your fishing skills and talk with the pros!

>> On June 16, the local Santa Monica Bait & Tackle Shop is hosting their annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby out on the pier. What better way to show love for your father than a good day spent fishing? Be sure to stop by our FCEC booth and say hello!

>> Fathers will not be short of celebrations this month. Also on June 16, get together with the family for the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Annual Father’s Day BBQ. Take in the view of Rainbow Harbor while enjoying a culinary feast that is sure to please any dad.

>> No one is too young to be a fisherman. So bring your kids to Fisherman’s Wharf on June 23 for Kids Day at the Docks and show them what fishing is all about! Hands on instructors will teach kids fishing techniques, safe places to fish, and about our beautiful ocean. Fishing on the docks and rod/reel use are free.

Check out our FCEC calendar for more information about these events and more. Can’t wait to take part in these events? Let us know below which of them are getting you excited for summer!

*Photo courtesy of Seaside Vacations.

 

 

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:

“For the past 50 years, we’ve been fishing the seas like we clear-cut forests. It’s hard to overstate the destruction. Ninety percent of large fish, the ones we love — the tunas, the halibuts, the salmons, swordfish — they’ve collapsed.” – Dan Barber

Watch this insightful Ted Talk by Dan Barber, a renowned New York chef and scholar, as he describes how he fell in love with fish and the sustainable recipe for the future of good food.

Is this healthy and self-renewing ecological network Dan describes possible? Wouldn’t you want all your food to come from these sustainable conditions? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section and join the conversation!

 

The best anglers fish responsibly—for their own health and for the environment’s. That’s why, when it comes to fish, any can be fun to catch, but not all are a good idea to keep. The danger is not because of recreational anglers. More often the biggest threats to individual fish species or the ocean’s ecosystem as a whole come from large scale commercial and industrial practices. Still, everyday anglers can make a big impact with small, but smart decisions.

Probably the best thing you can do as an angler to protect the ocean, and fishing, for yourself, your kids and beyond is to learn about which marine species are the most threatened. Some are valuable catches, such as the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna, that are in serious danger of extinction! So while you can’t always control what you catch, you can choose what to release. If you reel in an endangered species, take a picture then put the fish back in the water because, seriously, it will last longer.

The same caution should apply when going out to eat seafood. Even if you’re not catching the fish yourself, supporting sustainable seafood can help to ease the pressure on fish populations. Whether you’re placing an order, or doing the cooking, consider alternatives and substitutes that will give you the flavor you’re looking for tonight and ensure that it will be there tomorrow. Luckily for the West Coast, many of our local species from California to Alaska have stronger numbers than their Atlantic counterparts. That means less hard choices on the water and fresher options at the table.

But it’s also important to make choices for your own heath as well. Some seafood options may have strong populations in the wild, but they are exposed to toxics that they absorb from their environment. Large roaming predators like sharks can have extremely high levels of mercury built up from eating smaller species. Smaller fish can be highly impacted based on their surroundings. So, it’s always a great idea to know where your fish is caught and how it is prepared to minimize your exposure to harmful chemicals. You might not feel the effects right away, but consuming contaminated fish can lead to bigger health risks down the road.

There’s no denying the love anglers have for catching fish, and that we all have for eating them. That’s why it’s important to learn about which fish we should avoid, to protect both the fish and ourselves, to ensure delicious meals, to secure a fun hobby and to keep a healthy environment for generations to come.

 

*Photo courtesy of Rodale.

 

FCEC is excited to announce the launch of a new website that puts anglers and Los Angeles in the spotlight: introducing, LosAnglers.org!

LosAnglers.org is a go-to resource for fishing in Southern California. Whether you’re new to fishing or a seasoned pro, LosAnglers.org offers practical tips and important information while creating an online gathering place for the local angling community to connect with other fishing enthusiasts and groups. Before you dive into the new site, we’d like to introduce you to a few things you’ll love about LosAnglers.org.

The “All About Fish” section offers lots of useful information about some of the most popular fish you’re likely to catch in our local waters such as, sizes, weights, nicknames, where to find them and how to tell them apart. While each fish entry will feature an illustration in “All About Fish” section, the “Angler Gallery” offers you a chance to show off your own catches and share them with your friends and the rest of the LosAnglers community!

Along with information about the fish, LosAnglers.org also highlights information about popular fishing locations in Southern California and fishing locations with scenic views, surfing, shopping and dining. With a quick click you’ll be able to use LosAnglers.org to plan the perfect fishing trip for your buddies or your family, or look for a new fishing spot to call your own.

Finally, the “Questions and Anglers” section offers a moderated forum where you can ask questions and or provide advice to other anglers about fishing.

Putting it all together, LosAnglers.org is an exciting place that will help turn many diverse fishing groups of California into an active and supportive community!

We’re excited to see the LosAnglers community grow! Share what you think about the new LosAnglers.org website and what your favorite page is in the Comment section below!

Every season in Southern California is fishing season. To put it bluntly, the fish are always biting! It’s one of the things that makes saltwater fishing so special in our region, and FCEC wants to help you prepare for your future outings.

Take Me Fishing is a great website that FCEC highly recommends to all who love to fish or are just learning how. It’s a one-spot-stop resource that includes great information on where the fish are biting, how to buy a license, recent fishing news in blog posts, and one of FCEC’s favorites, ways to preserve our nation’s waterways.

Fishing and conservation go hand in hand. The healthier our waterways, the better the fish are. Take Me Fishing provides great tips on how to reduce water pollution as well as great ways to respect our natural resources by reducing litter, knowing appropriate regulations and great reasons to never waste the fish you catch.

Additionally, if you are a beginner angler, Take Me Fishing will do more than get you ready to cast that first line! They help you learn about fish species and their habitat. Want to learn how to tie and knot? They’ve got that too, as well as information about lures and other fishing necessities like the proper way to prepare the fish you catch and decide to keep.

Don’t be afraid to start fishing! Even if you are experienced, there is always something new to learn. Fishing is a lifelong endeavor and something the whole family can enjoy, so visit Take Me Fishing and share with us a bit about what you learned in the comment section below. And remember, be safe and have fun out there!