Posts Tagged ‘Heal the Bay’

Huck Finn's gone fishingHappy August!  This month, there are plenty of activities by the beach and on the piers.  Attend a fishing derby with your kids, witness cool robotics demonstrations, go on a port cruise or take part in a beach cleanup.  Hurry and get your fun in the sun before the summer ends!

»The 58th Annual Kid’s Fishing Rodeo is happening on August 5 at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier.  Take your kids ages 16 and under to show their fishing skills; be sure to bring your own fishing pole and tackle.  Prizes are awarded for different categories.

»On August 6, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting its 3rd Annual Robotics Day.  Watch local high school robotics clubs demonstrate their creations.  Visitors will also have the chance to drive an underwater remotely operated vehicle through an obstacle course.

»The City of Huntington Beach is also hosting a fishing competition: its 48th Annual Huck Finn Fishing Derby on August 13 at Huntington Beach Pier.  Kids ages 15 and under can win prizes for everything from fishing to dressing up as characters from the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.  A small amount of bait is provided for free, but participants should bring their own fishing poles and tackle.

» Aquarium of the Pacific staff members are embarking on a World Port and Sealife Cruise on August 13.  Explore the coastline around the Long Beach and Los Angeles ports and watch whales, seals and sea lions out on the water.

»On August 20, Heal the Bay is hosting its monthly Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup.  This month, members are cleaning up Will Rogers State Beach.  Everyone is welcome to volunteer.  Bags and gloves are provided, but you are encouraged to bring a bucket or reusable bag to help cut down on plastic.

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

What events have you attended this summer?  Tell us below!

Photo via San Mateo County Library on Flickr

Sea lions on buoySummer is well on its way! The sunny weather and numerous beach and ocean events are two good reasons for you to schedule time to enjoy the outdoors.  Don’t miss out on the fun; check out the events we’ve listed below.

»The Port of Long Beach is sponsoring the Long Beach Sea Festival, a series of 100 beach, ocean and summer-fun events held from June through September.  Take part in the Pirate Invasion of Belmont Pier, watch movies by the moonlight at local beaches and enjoy free outdoor performances by the Long Beach Municipal Band.  Check out for this month’s schedule of events.

»Explore the Southern California coastline on the Aquarium of the Pacific’s World Port and Sealife Cruise.  On July 9, join the Aquarium staff on a double-deck yacht as they visit local ports and observe sea lions, pelicans and other sea life.

»Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a Family Sandcastle Building Day at Cabrillo Beach on July 9.  This free event is open to everyone.  All you need to have fun is a shovel and bucket.  With your tools, some sand, water and a little artistic skill, your family will be building sandcastles with ease!

Kayak fishing

»On July 16, you can watch grunion come up to Cabrillo Beach to spawn.  Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff will share with you interesting facts about this silvery fish’s mating rituals at the Aquarium’s auditorium before you observe them at the beach.

»Get your beach time in while helping to make it a cleaner place by attending Heal the Bay’s Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup on July 23 at Playa del Rey Toes Beach.  Bags and gloves are provided, but you can help to reduce waste by bringing a bucket or reusable bag.

»Do you love to kayak?  Do you get excited about fishing?  Sign up for the Kayaker’s Newport Bay Bass Classic, to be held on June 30.  You could win a Tarpon 140 kayak or $1000.  A limited number of spots are available, so sign up now!

Have time to enjoy more of the outdoors?  Read about more events on our FCEC calendar.

Photos via fd and FreeWine on Flickr.

Catch a fishing event near you!Happy May!  With a new month comes plenty of fishing and environment-related activities.  Enjoy the good weather and treat yourself to a community event.  We’ve highlighted a few of them below.

»Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Programs Director Larry Fukuhara is inviting everyone to fish with him on Cabrillo Pier this Saturday, May 7.  Learn about fishing technique, etiquette and fish identification.  And remember to bring your fishing gear!

»If you’re more into hiking, join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium staff on a trip to Anacapa Island, which is part of the Channel Islands National Park.  You’ll have the opportunity to watch marine birds and mammals and then take part in a guided walk to see nesting gulls.  They leave from Oxnard on May 7.

»Interested in how sea level rise will affect our cities?  Join staff at the Aquarium of the Pacific as they invite scientists, engineers, policy-makers and designers to present on this topic.  These “Aquatic Academy” talks will be held every Tuesday until May 24; the next one is on May 10.

»The Marina del Rey Anglers are hosting their annual Halibut Derby on May 14.  Beginners, experts, private boaters, party boaters, kayakers and tubers are all welcome to enter.  Proceeds will go toward the club’s conservation and kids’ fishing programs.

Ocean Wild»On May 14, join members of Heal the Bay at the G2 Gallery for the reception of Ocean Wild, a photography exhibit by National Geographic’s Brian Skerry.  His photos include amazing documentation of marine life around environmentally threatened areas, including Japan and the Kingman Reef.  All proceeds from art sales will benefit Heal the Bay.

Find these events and other activities on our FCEC calendar.

Image via Brian Skerry on

Grunions spawning on the beachAnother month brings another roundup.  Here are a few events that you could enjoy with your family and friends.

Get To Know Marine Life

»The Aquarium of the Pacific hosts FREE Shark Lagoon Nights on Friday evenings.  Visitors can get up close with bamboo sharks and see larger sharks in the Shark Lagoon.  The first Shark Lagoon Night for this month is March 4.

»From March 6-14, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is having its annual whale-watching expedition in Baja California.  Witness gray whale mother and calf pairs up close and visit an elephant seal sanctuary.  Call (310) 548-7562 to reserve your spot.

»Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is also hosting a Grunion watch on the evening of March 7.  Attend a program at the Aquarium auditorium and then head down to the beach to watch these silvery fish come up to spawn.

Image via arneheijenga on Flickr

Help Our Ocean

»Starting March 7, Heal the Bay will be running training sessions for its newest volunteer program: MPA Watch.  Become one of the first volunteers to help monitor Southern California’s new Marine Protected Areas by attending classroom and field training sessions.

»Interested in volunteering for Heal the Bay’s other programs?  Attend a Volunteer Orientation on March 14 to learn more about the organization.

Sustainable ChowderEat Sustainably

»The first annual Best of the West Chowderfest is coming to the Aquarium of the Pacific to celebrate Sustainable Seafood Day on March 12.  Watch cooking demonstrations, take home some recipes (think seafood chowder with fennel, lemongrass, ginger, roasted tomatoes, carrot, citrus and double smoked bacon) and learn about sustainable seafood from a variety of experts; these activities are all sponsored by Seafood for the Future.

»On March 27, Seafood for the Future is offering a second dose of sustainable seafood with a Taste of Asia.  Try out traditional dishes from East and Southeast Asian countries and learn how to prepare them with sustainable seafood. The event will also feature performances by drummers, contemporary dance crews and traditional dancers.

As always, other interesting community events are on our FCEC calendar.

Image via Leszek.Leszczynski on Flickr

Happy February!  It’s time to round up the notable events and volunteer opportunities of FCEC’s partners.

Valentine’s Day Discount at the Aquarium of the Pacific

»Visitors who choose to spend their Valentine’s evening at the Aquarium of the Pacific will be able to purchase admission at the child’s price of $12.95 after 5pm (compared to regular adult admission of $24.95).  You can reserve a full-course, gourmet dinner for your family or significant other for $42 per adult or $32 per child ($32 per adult and $22 per child with Aquarium membership).

Become a Leader, Explore a Career and Help the Environment

This month provides several opportunities for those interested in gaining leadership skills while helping the environment.

»If you enjoy spending time outside and are a fifth grader or older, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has a Sea Ranger Training Program from February 3 to March 3. You’ll be trained to educate others about the Cabrillo coastline and its habitats.  The Aquarium staff requires pre-registration, so please call (310) 548-7562 for more information.

»On February 5, the Aquarium of the Pacific starts its marine veterinarian Job Shadow program for 7th to 12th graders.  Participants will work with a staff veterinarian, visit behind-the-scenes locations and even go on morning rounds to take care of marine animals.  It’s $29 per student or $24 for Aquarium members.  You can call (562) 951-1630 to reserve spots.

»Heal the Bay is hosting a five-week session of Beyond Local workshops from February 16 to March 16.  These workshops are for San Fernando Valley residents who wish to make positive changes in their community and learn more about issues concerning local waterways.

Image via K Chen on Flickr; Creative Commons

Keep our Coastline Clean

Like last month, there are plenty of cleanup activities happening along the coastline.

»Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is having a garden workday and beach cleanup on February 5.  Join the aquarium staff in tending the garden’s native plants and clearing the Cabrillo shore of marine debris.

»The Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting a series of habitat restoration days from February 5 to May 7 at the Los Cerritos Wetlands.  Volunteers will help to preserve native plants and clear the area of invasive species.  The whole family is welcome to participate.

»Montrose Settlements Restoration Program is hosting two volunteer trips to Santa Barbara Island on February 16-19 and February 19-23 to help restore seabird habitats.  You’ll need to be comfortable with physically demanding activities, no running water and rustic camping.  If you love nature and want to help local wildlife, this is a great opportunity for you.

»The monthly Nothin’ But Sand beach cleanup by Heal the Bay is on February 19 at Venice Beach.  You can guess by the name that it’s only involving sand, so you won’t get wet.  Organizers will provide bags and gloves, but consider bringing your own bucket or reusable bag to help cut down on plastic.

Be sure check out other community events on our FCEC calendar.

Image via lagohsep on Flickr; Creative Commons

Well, it’s a new year; a time of renewed spirits and resolutions.

Reflecting on 2010

As we look back on the past year, we hope you’ve found the information and content we provided interesting and useful.

Some of our highlights include videos to help you better identify and safely prepare fish to reduce your health risks of consuming contaminated seafood from the Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund Site.  We also featured ways to cook sustainable fish that are appetizing and also safe to eat.

On the leadership front, our Project Manager Sharon Lin handed off the project over to her successor, Carmen White, who has a wealth of experience in this field and has been intimately involved in the project.

Image via Kairos on Flickr; Creative Commons

A Stronger Partnership in 2011

With the new year, here’s our resolution: to better highlight the communities that FCEC is working with.

How will we do it? One way is through a monthly Events Roundup, which will flag notable events that are related to sea life, sustainability, and other efforts to reduce health risks. Find out how you can get more involved with the great work of our partners!

Beach Cleanup: Can you help?

If your new year’s resolution is doing good for our planet, you’re a beach-lover or you’re looking for fun activities to do with children, check out these cleanup activities on our shores as well as educational programs for children and adults at local aquariums.

»Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a beach cleanup and garden workday on January 8.  As part of a thank you for volunteering to clear the Cabrillo shore of marine debris and work on the garden, you’ll be introduced to the garden’s native plants and animals.

»On January 15, our partner Heal The Bay is also hosting a cleanup at Venice Beach; it’s only involving sand, so you won’t have to worry about getting wet.  Organizers will provide bags and gloves, but consider bringing your own bucket or reusable bag to help cut down on plastic.

»Before you help out at the cleanup, consider attending Heal The Bay’s Volunteer Orientation on January 10. You can meet like-minded folks, learn how Heal The Bay works to keep our local waterways clean and safe, and about future opportunities to help them.

Image via Heal the Bay on Flickr; Creative Commons

Great Activities for Families

»Cabrillo Aquarium has Tidepool Walks on January 15 and 16 where educational staff conduct tours along the tidepools at Point Fermin State Marine Park in San Pedro. The walks are informative and offer an opportunity to see animals in their natural habitat.

For Spanish speakers, una caminata el 15 de enero será en español.

»In an effort to create awareness around the protection of sea life in Southern California’s new Marine Protected Areas, local aquariums are celebrating Underwater Parks Day on January 15; see our calendar event for a list of participating locations.

»Parents with toddlers near Long Beach should consider the Aqua Tots Class series at the Aquarium of the Pacific on January 16 and 18.  This month’s classes teach your two- to three-year old about shapes and movement using sea animals.  The class also includes aquarium admission and guided tours of the Shark Lagoon, Sea Otters, Southern California Gallery and other exhibits.

»There will also be a kayaking excursion to the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Preserve on January 22; this is a perfect, low-intensity trip for those wanting to learn more about nature, wildlife and kayaking.

Learn more about these and other events on our FCEC calendar. We’ll also be posting them on our Facebook Page, so be sure to drop by!

Image via OCVA on Flickr; Creative Commons

On September 4th, FCEC and our partner Heal the Bay hit the streets of Hermosa Beach for the annual Fiesta Hermosa! The day was filled with great events, music, food and an eclectic mix of community oriented booths.

FCEC was able to reach out to dozens of locals to talk about fish contamination. Many signed up to receive more information and walked away with FCEC tote bags full of goodies!

If you weren’t able to attend, please check out the photos below. And if you did come around, check them out anyway as you might recognize some familiar faces!