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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.


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?


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:

>> Kick off the first weekend of September with Fiesta Hermosa at the Hermosa Beach Pier. Stroll down the beach to catch the sea breeze and hundreds of artists and crafters including painters, photographers and sculptors.

>> United Anglers of Southern California is holding their annual Tri Tip BBQ event on September 2 featuring some great raffle prizes, tasty food and good times with your fellow anglers.

>> The Original Lobster Festival is back in Long Beach September 7, 8 & 9 with fresh Main lobsters, live entertainment and more family fun.

>> Join Heal the Bay and participate in the Stream Team Restoration at Malibu Creek State Park on September 8 to help remove invasive plants and make a positive impact in our local ecosystem.

>> Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a special exhibit, Ocean Amor, starting September 15 where you can observe life-sized marine animals sculpted to inspire the preservation of the ocean and the creatures in them.

>> The largest volunteer event in the world is back! On  September 15 join forces with Heal the Bay or the Aquarium of the Pacific for Coastal Cleanup Day and help keep our ocean and fish healthy by cleaning local beaches of trash.

>> End the month with a big splash at the Baja Splash Cultural Festival at the Aquarium of the Pacific September 29 & 30 to celebrate the National Hispanic Heritage Month. Don’t miss out on the live entertainment, crafts and delicious ethnic cuisine!

For more fun and fishing related activities, check out the FCEC calendar of events. Do you know of any fun local events coming soon? Share them with us in the comment section below, and we’ll add them to our calendar.


*Photo courtesy of the California Coastal Commission.

It’s officially a New Year and here at FCEC we plan on being extra busy educating anglers and continuing our community outreach efforts over the next 12 months (and beyond!). Each of these months are packed full of great events the whole family can enjoy. And this January is no exception! Check out some discounted late night tickets at the Aquarium of the Pacific, clean up a little trash at Huntington Beach and dive into the tank with a shark (okay, maybe don’t do the last one).

>> During the first week of January, head on over to Long Beach’s Aquarium of the Pacific for discounted evening tickets to see what these sea creatures are up to in the dark!

>> Learn about native plants and clean up Cabrillo Beach on January 7. It’s a great way to experience some of the cool plants and animals that thrive in our eco-zone. It’s sure to be a hit with the kiddos.

>> Surf City! We all enjoy the beach, so why not enjoy it while you pick up a little trash on January 14 at Huntington State Beach? The more hands on deck, the more garbage will be picked up.

>> Heal the Bay is holding an educational forum on Southern California’s new “underwater parks” on January 15 at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium. These areas, like parks on land, are protected to help preserve marine habitat for generations to come.

>> Sharks aren’t really that scary. Or are they? Find out during Shark Lagoon Nights at Aquarium of the Pacific on January 13 and 20. The best part about it is that the events are free to the public!

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

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

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FCEC has reached a lot of anglers over the years. What is “a lot” you ask? During 2009-2011 FCEC and our partners have reached out to over 15,400 anglers, conducting a total of 1,979 surveys during this stretch of time. As such, we’ve heard a lot of stories and learned a lot about the folks that frequently fish at our local piers. We appreciate these anglers and the knowledge and experiences they share with us.

Our outreach team has seen these anglers endure heavy winds to catch fish at Belmont pier in Long Beach, talk about cool shark sightings and locate schools of surfperch under the Santa Monica Pier. Frankie Orrala of Heal the Bay even shared his insights in a recent interview that we recommend you check out.

Besides catching fish at the local piers and sighting seals and sharks, anglers have also been interested in our  FCEC Angler Tip Cards, and not just because they have a nifty ruler to measure their fish with! Due to the efforts of the Angler Outreach Team, results have shown a reduced amount of reported Do Not Consume fish consumption and an increase of anglers aware of the contamination. Heal the Bay and Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Angler Outreach Team members have been doing fantastic work to protect public health and educate folks about local fish contamination, and we are proud of their efforts!

Check out some photos of the Angler Outreach Team in action over 2011. Happy New Year!



The holidays are right around the corner and that means it’s time to prepare for the season by giving back to the environment that sustains us — be it the fish we eat or the water we drink, there is plenty to be thankful for.

This month there are a lot of great green events, from sand dune tours, habitat restorations to a little turkey trotting. Here’s a snippet of what’s in store this November.

>> Fall is in full swing, so why not stop by a festival on November 5 at the Aquarium of the Pacific for an Autumn Festival. With an Asian theme this year, you can expect delicious cuisine, fine arts and cultural festivities the whole family can enjoy.

>> What’s a salt marsh? Find out on a cool tour hosted by Friends of Ballona Wetlands on November 13, where you can learn coastal ecosystems and explore the wonders of nature right in the middle of urban Los Angeles.

>> Celebrate Cambodian culture on November 19 at MacArthur Park, where the third annual Cambodian Arts & Culture Exhibition will take place. Stop by for hands-on art and cooking demonstrations, gardening tips and other sure-to-be good times.

>>Did you know that clean beaches are all the rave these days? FCEC agrees. On November 19 Heal the Bay will be at the famous Venice Beach for their Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup.

>> Turkeys trot and so do humans on Thanksgiving in Long Beach on November 24! Come on out for an event that promotes health and exercise. It will also allow you the perfect excuse to indulge later in the day.

>> It is time to put your thinking cap on. On November 29, the will be holding a monthly lecture sponsored by the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society that is sure to inform and educate.

More information about these events and others are on our FCEC calendar. What events will you be attending this month? Share with us below!

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On Thursday September 15, 2011, FCEC stakeholders, representatives and partners gathered in downtown Long Beach at the NOAA office for the annual Strategic Planning Meeting. The meeting was facilitated by Lori Lewis (Environmental Protection Agency [EPA]), who had been keeping the Strategic Planning Meetings running smoothly for more than seven years now. Since this year marks the Institutional Controls’ 10 Year Anniversary, Carmen White (EPA) kicked off the meeting with an overview of what has been accomplished and where FCEC is headed. Next, Gabrielle Dorr (Montrose Settlements Restoration Program [MSRP]) spoke about MSRP’s past year successes, including bald eagle triplets hatching among the Channel Islands. Marita Santos (Los Angeles County Public Health) took the podium next to update the group on pier signage progress. Presentations on angler outreach followed. A number of presenters then spoke on enforcement and monitoring. Concluding the morning session was a spirited presentation on Fishermen Appreciation Day delivered by Frankie Orrala (Heal the Bay).

Hard hat awards were presented to a handful of organizations to recognize their longstanding contributions to FCEC efforts (and other efforts related to mitigating the effects of the PV Shelf which came before FCEC, or as Gwangyu Wang said “…long before FCEC.”)  Award recipients included Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), Heal the Bay, Los Angeles County Public Health, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) and Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission.

After refueling with lunch, meeting attendees broke out into four smaller groups. Each group engaged in topic discussions related to three project components: angler outreach, fish tissue sampling and market inspections. Groups brainstormed ideas about how their organizations could help with each of these efforts and how each of these efforts could contribute to their own work. Groups reconvened at the end of each topic discussion to share ideas and identify common themes. The meeting concluded with a discussion of next steps (not to mention an erroneous fire alarm.) Congratulations to everyone involved on 10 years of ICs efforts!

Saturday jamborees, contests, Southeast Asian celebrations, Halloween fun and beach cleanups – there is plenty to do this month that will educate and entertain the whole family. We hope you can find a day to enjoy one of these great events. Here’s a little taste of what’s coming up.

» Most of us could use a little extra cash. Well, if you haul off a record catch you could win big bucks in the “Hook a Million State & World Record Contest” on Saturday, October 1.

» You can Wake Up With the Waves every Saturday of October at the Santa Monica Pier with a children’s concert series. The interactive concerts are FREE and the activities will include dancing, singing, music plus special guest appearances by Inky!

»  The Aquarium of the Pacific will be hosting a wonderful day of celebrating Southeast Asian cultures on Saturday, October 8. Take a bite of some yummy ethnic dishes, listen to great music and enjoy cultural craft demonstrations.

» On Sunday, October 9, head out to the Redondo Pier for the second annual Taste of the Redondo Pier. The family fun event will include food tastings, art, face painting, art and much more.

» Want to get a little sand between your toes? On Saturday, October 15, Heal the Bay will be at Venice Beach for their monthly beach cleanup. Volunteers are needed! Kids are welcome! Just remember your sun block and water bottle.

» October means Halloween is here. Spooky stuff! Two great events will help to get you in the candy-induced holiday spirit. First, Aquarium of the Pacific will be holding a Halloween Family Sleepover on Friday, October 21.  There will be treat bags, a freaky flashlight tour, 4-D movies and more! The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Sea Scare 2011 will be held on Saturday, October 29, there will be creepy crafts, dreadful demonstrations and eerie entertainment.

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

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


Make this a September to remember!  There are great events and activities taking place in our area this month that are sure to entertain. You can attend a native garden workday, pick up trash at the California Coastal Cleanup, dance the night away at a Lobster Festival, or even learn about Native American maritime culture. There’s sure to be something the whole family can enjoy!

»FCEC’s partner, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, invites you to join them on September 3 to help maintain their native garden. It’s a great way to learn more about plants and animal habitats and how these mini-ecosystems help to improve beach quality.

»On September 9-11, the famous Long Beach Lobster Festival will be firing up at scenic Shoreline Village. Not only will there be tasty lobster abound, there will also be great music and a cool dance floor to strut your stuff. It’s an all-day outing, so bring along your sunscreen and your appetite!

»There’s nothing quite like the largest volunteer event in the state of California! On September 17, Heal the Bay will be organizing dozens of cleanup events locally in conjunction with California Coastal Cleanup Day. It’s a wonderful way to give a little back to nature. It’s also a great way to build community, and here at FCEC we love community building! Since 1985 over 800,000 Californians have removed more than 14 million pounds of trash. We hope you’ll chip in this year and add to those numbers!

»FCEC’s  partner,  Herald Community Center, will be hosting a booth at the 16th Annual Harvest Moon Festival on Sunday, September 18. The Harvest Moon Festival is a holiday celebrated by many Asian communities and revolves around the family, bountiful food and the full moon. Enjoy a family-filled event with Asian foods, live entertainment, cultural activities, shopping and prize giveaways!

» FCEC is proud to promote the annual Moompetam Festival that will be taking place at the Aquarium of the Pacific on September 17-18. This weekend celebration of Native American cultures will feature traditional crafts, storytelling, live demonstrations, music and dance that celebrates the indigenous California Indian maritime cultures of Southern California.

»On September 28, Heal the Bay will be at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium for a kick-off to celebrate the October 1 implementation of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) with a free lecture series. These legally protected zones will help improve the health of the ocean ecosystem and the species that live there. It’s sure to be informative, so join FCEC’s partner, Heal the Bay, to learn more about MPAs!

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

What events will you be attending this month? Tell us below!

*Photo courtesy of South Bay Foodies