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School’s out for summer, but curious minds never stop for a break! If you need some help keeping those energetic youngsters at bay, we have plenty of fun and educational events for the whole family to attend.

>> Dive into the rich and diverse culture of the Pacific Islands at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Pacific Islander Festival on June 7-8. FCEC will be there providing the latest updates on safe fish to eat, so stop by our booth for the important information and to play our fun fishing game!

>> Join Marina Del Rey Anglers on June 7 for the 39th Annual Marine Del Rey Halibut Derby. All ages are welcome to participate in the oldest and largest halibut derby in Southern California.

>> Celebrate World Oceans Day at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on June 8 with fun-filled arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and workshops.

>> Want to learn more about sustainable living? Check out the Santa Monica Festival on June 14 which will showcase sustainable, family-friendly activities and performances, including art workshops, cooking demonstrations and more. FCEC will be hosting a booth at this event, so stop by to find out about the local healthy fish to eat and the 5 Do Not Consume (DNC) fish.

>> Hop on The Urban Ocean: World Port and Sea Life Cruise and explore the rich Southern California coastline with the friendly folks at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on June 14.

>> Interested in getting up close and personal with some fascinating sea creatures? Partake in Catalina Above and Below on June 21.

For more fun fishing related events, visit our FCEC calendar!


Like most of us, many local Chinese and Vietnamese community members are foodies. They are passionate about what they eat and since fish is a regular part of the Chinese and Vietnamese diet, active partnerships with the Herald Community Center (HCC) and Boat People SOS (BPSOS) have been critical in connecting FCEC’s message with these affected community members.

Although many local Chinese and Vietnamese community members are avid fish lovers, many have never heard of FCEC or about the health risks concerning contaminated fish consumption before HCC and BPSOS provided outreach. In the past, language was a barrier to delivering the Do Not Consume (DNC) message to this audience. Now with the help of HCC and BPSOS, FCEC’s “How to Prepare Fish Safely” video has been viewed by various Chinese and Vietnamese communities to drive the message home. At first, there were mixed feelings regarding the video as community members expressed their acquired preference for preparing fish whole. The “fish won’t taste good…if we take away all the good parts!” voiced a concerned Vietnamese community member.

However, after learning that safe fish properly filleted and then grilled, baked or broiled is a healthier and safer alternative for their family, community members were much more receptive and appreciative of the DNC message. At the workshops, many community members were eager to ask questions and were impressed overall by the research and effort EPA has put forth to protect the public’s health. Many HCC workshop participants even said they were “excited to pass on the message and pass on FCEC’s tip cards to family and friends that go fishing!” Within the last year, HCC and BPSOS have helped FCEC reach over 800 Chinese and Vietnamese community members through informative workshops and distributing tip cards.  HCC even placed an ad highlighting the DNC message in the Herald Monthly, which reaches 40,000 Chinese subscribers monthly.

FCEC would like to thank our partners HCC and BPSOS for another successful year of outreach and helping protect the health of these local communities!

Enjoy some fun in the sun or some late night fishy business at these local community events. They’re sure to go swimmingly for those that are young at heart.

>> Explore and celebrate Southern California’s Coast at the Urban Ocean Festival on May 3 – 4 at the Aquarium of the Pacific. FCEC will be in attendance at this event, so stop by our booth for a one-on-one conversation about the local fish contamination and some fun with our fish identification game!

>> Dare to touch a bamboo shark? Take advantage of this free opportunity hosted by the Aquarium of the Pacific and try your hand at it during Shark Lagoon Nights on May 9, 16, 23 and 30.

>> The ocean contains 97% of the earth’s water. Learn what needs to be done to keep the fish afloat at the Aquarium of the Pacific on May 13. The Prospects of Humankind in the 21st Century: Keys to a Better Future presentation will explore the health of our planet!

>> On May 18 FCEC will be hosting booths at two fish-tacular events! Come visit us at the Sea Fair at King Harbor Yacht Club or the 22nd Annual Seal Day at Marine Mammal Care Center! We would love to share our knowledge on the local healthy fish to eat and the 5 Do Not Consume (DNC) fish with you.

>> Ready for the weekend? Check out Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s  Special Grunion Festival on May 30 to hatch grunion eggs and set those fishies free!

For more fun fishing related events, visit our FCEC calendar!

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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.


Just because summer is over, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. Take a look at some of the family-friendly happenings going on this September. From concerts, to local cleanups, to festivals, to free fishing sessions, September is another month that is sure to be fun-filled.

>> Grab your fork and head out to the Rainbow Lagoon in Long Beach for The Original Lobster Festival September 6-8.

>> Get your workout in this weekend on a scenic course! Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting their 2nd Annual Aquarium of the Pacific 5K September 8, and then you can head down to Rainbow Harbor for some local fishing.

>> Enjoy the last 29th Annual Twilight Concert series performance of the summer on September 12 at the Santa Monica Pier and share your favorite tunes of the summer with us.

>> Clean up, clean up, everybody, everywhere! September 21 is the official California Coastal Cleanup Day, where various organizations and communities come together for one day to clean up our local beaches and waterways. Keep our ocean and marine life safe and lend a cleaning hand this Coastal Cleanup Day with Aquarium of the Pacific, Cabrillo Marine Aquarium or Heal the Bay.

>> Get ready for some reeling and take a stroll to the Cabrillo Pier or to the Santa Monica Pier on September 28 for a free fishing session! Explore fish caught off the pier and find out how to identify the local contaminated fish with the Angler Outreach Team.

>> Join us as we attend Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Baja Splash Festival in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month September 28-29. There will be plenty of live entertainment, crafts, educational programs and ethnic cuisine to fill your entire weekend!

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

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It’s sunny, clear and time for you to enjoy more fishing and ocean related events. July is a month full of community Bar-B-Que’s, 4th of July celebrations and family-friendly fun! Take a look at some of our favorite happenings going on this month and be sure to enjoy summer the right way with these outdoors and sea-side activities:

>> Start the month right with a Party on the Pier full of food, music and fireworks at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier on July 4 or celebrate our country’s independence at the Aquarium of the Pacific for their family friendly Bar-B-Que and fireworks show!

>> Get your hands dirty and our beaches clean with the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s staff at their monthly Beach Cleanup July 6. You and our ocean will be glad you did.

>> You can’t enjoy summertime properly without some smooth tunes, right? Starting July 6, enjoy free live music at the Redondo Beach Pier for their Summer of Music every Thursday and Saturday through the end of summer!

>> How about a late night adventure this summer? On July 10 meet the grunion at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium and learn about the silvery fish.

>> More summer jams are starting this month at the Santa Monica Pier’s 29th Annual Twilight Concerts.  July 11 kicks off LA’s favorite summer concert series with some of the best contemporary and classic music along with the most amazing views in Southern California.

>> On your mark, get set, dragon race! July 27-28 the largest dragon boat competition will be taking place at the Long Beach Dragon Boat Festival. There will be Chinese traditional art demonstrations, Chinese Acrobats, traditional dance, music and martial arts performances and more!

Check out our FCEC calendar for more information about these events and more. Where are you headed this summer? Let us know how you are celebrating this month!

*Photo courtesy of My Santa Monica Life.


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.



MAY the fishing season commence! We are looking forward to a great season of fishing, and this month we have found some fun events to get you and your family excited about the fishing season too! From fish-tivals to fishing sessions there are plenty of events to keep you busy this month.

>> On May 4 and May 25 join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for a FREE fishing session! Learn how to catch healthy fish, how to identify fish and properly throw back local contaminated fish, such as white croaker.

>> Explore and celebrate the Southern California Coast at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s annual Urban Ocean Festival May 4 -5. There will be a fashion show, educational booths, contests and more!

>> Ready for some fishy fun? Cabrillo Marine Aquarium is hosting a Special Grunion Fish-tival May 11 to learn and celebrate Southern California’s very own Grunion fish!

>> Did you know there’s an Endangered Species Day? Learn about the marine life that are endangered on May 18 and have some fun with a beach walk, scavenger hunt, story time and more!

>> Gear up to clean up! Heal the Bay is coordinating their monthly Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup for all of you to get your hands a little dirty and help clean up a local beach. May 18 join Heal the Bay and your community to do some good work for our beaches.

Check out our FCEC calendar for more information about these events and more. Are you attending any events this month? Let us know!

Did you know that it’s Earth Month? Here at FCEC we are excited about the many events to celebrate the Earth and of course fishing. Check out what cool events are going on this April, and join us for some celebration this month!

>> On April 6 join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for its monthly Native Garden Workday and Beach Cleanup to help clean up the coast of litter and marine debris.

>> Celebrate the Earth with the Aquarium of the Pacific April 13-14 as they host their annual Earth Day Celebration. Visit booths from various Earth-friendly organizations (including us!), get your hands on some fun crafts and enjoy many festivities at this family friendly event.

>> Have you been fishing with Uncle Larry? This is a FREE fishing event you don’t want to miss! On April 13 Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Uncle Larry will be fishing on the Cabrillo pier. He will help you rig tackle, work on your fishing techniques, review fishing etiquette and more! Make sure to bring your fishing gear and head out to the Cabrillo Pier.

>> On Earth Day, April 20, take part in Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Earth Day. Learn about our coastal environment and participate in fun contests and games! FCEC will be at this event too, so don’t be shy and come play our fishing game to see if you can identify what fish you catch!

>> Are your kids interested in learning more about fishing? The Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation is providing kids 10-14 a memorable and safe day of learning and fishing on April 20. This is a great way to get your child hooked on fishing!

>> More about the Earth! April 20-21 Heal the Bay will be at the Santa Monica Pier for an Earth Day Festival that will be filled with fun activities for all ages!

>> Calling all boaters! Become a “dockwalker” to educate fellow boaters about clean and safe boating practices to improve your boating experience, our wildlife habitat and water quality at a volunteer workshop on April 27.

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