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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

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

FCEC has been working hard to increase public outreach and education for anglers who are vulnerable to consuming contaminated fish species from the Palos Verdes Shelf Superfund Site: white croaker, black croaker, topsmelt, barred sand bass and barracuda. FCEC coordinated a recent training session with our outreach partners, the Marina Del Rey Anglers. Over the course of the meeting, members of the Marina Del Rey Anglers learned how to conduct a 2-minute survey to anglers who have and have-not received outreach from FCEC. The purpose of these short surveys is to provide FCEC support in better measuring the effectiveness of outreach on awareness of Do Not Consume (DNC) fish and intentions with DNC fish. Additionally, anglers who had received outreach in the past were asked to sign a commitment letter to only eat healthy fish.


Check out some of the photos from the meeting here:

What a bundle of fun March is going to be. We have a lot in store for the eco-conscious and fish fans among us. From hikes, to nature walks, to beach and stream restoration projects, there is a lot in store!

>> Take a hike on March 3 at Mt. Lukens with the Sierra Club. Its 10.5 miles round trip and a 3000 foot elevation gain. Some healthy fun in the sun!

>> Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a tour of Point Fermin State Marine Park on March 9. You’ll traverse some rocks in search of animals in their natural habitat.

>> Hug a tree after you plant it on March 10 when Heal the Bay takes you to Malibu Creek State Park for some restoration work.

>> March 11 is daylight savings and it is also an open house at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium where you’re invited to learn about the Salinas de San Pedro wetlands habitat.

>> Meet Jaws. Well, maybe not THE Jaws, but a Jaws nonetheless. On March 16 the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific will be holding their FREE Shark Lagoon Night.

>> Join the Aquarium of the Pacific on March 25 for a special evening exclusively for families with adults or children with autism. It’ll be a peaceful night among 11,000 animals from the world’s largest ocean.

>> Summer is right around the corner so why not get your fishing skills tuned up. On March 29 join Marina Del Rey Anglers for a free fishing class at the Playa Vista Public Library.

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

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


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