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With spring in full bloom and fish starting to bite, it’s time to join in on the fun, local fishing and community events that are happening all around us. Grab your family and friends and reel them in for a good time this month with these local events:

>> Meet Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Programs Director for a morning of Fishing with Uncle Larry on April 12. Bring your fishing gear and get free instruction on fishing techniques, etiquette and fish identification.

>> On April 19 start your day with a beach cleanup at Cabrillo Beach, and then celebrate with us at Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Earth Day Fair. FCEC will be hosting a booth at this event where we will be showcasing our fish identification game! Come play and learn how to identify the 5 Do Not Consume (DNC) fish.

>> Make a difference for our marine life by taking a half hour out of your day to participate in a local 30 Minute Beach Cleanup at the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier on April 19.

>> Do you love the largest species of fish? Head down to the Aquarium of the Pacific on April 24 to hear from an experienced diver about his many encounters in Diving with Whale Sharks.

>> The Earth love continues on April 26 – 27 at the Aquarium of the Pacific for a weekend long Earth Day Celebration. FCEC will be at this event too! So come on by, grab some FCEC learning materials and test your fish identification skills by naming some local healthy fish to eat and DNC fish.

>> Discover the shore and sea life in a new way with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium at their Walk Cabrillo guided tour on April 27.

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


This month there are a variety of spectacular events that spark the spirit of the holidays and create unforgettable memories for the whole family. Celebrate with your family and community this December and make it the best month of 2013!

>> Nothing says the holidays like lights, lights, lights and more lights! Attend the Hermosa Beach Holiday Open House and Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 5 and be merry!

>> It might not snow around these parts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t build a snowman! Join in on a Sand Snowman Contest at the Hermosa Pier on December 7.

>> Did you know that Santa surfs when he’s not riding his sleigh? Check it out at Redondo’s 3rd Annual Holiday Concert & Santa on the Pier on December 14.

>> Prevent cabin fever and head out to the Aquarium of the Pacific for the 2013-2014 Coastal American Art Contest on December 16 for an amazing art show.

>> December 26 kicks off the Whale Watching season. Don’t miss a once in a lifetime chance to see Pacific gray whales migrating past our coast!

>> Do you ever wish you could live under the sea? Take living under the sea for a test swim and find out what it’s like to have fish swimming overhead at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Winter Family Sleepover on December 29.

And if that’s not enough fun, check out the FCEC calendar of events for activities all month long!

*Photo courtesy of Okeanos.

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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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.

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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.



How are you gearing up for some spring time fun? We have listed some of our favorite upcoming events this month to help you swing into Spring the right way. From dancing under the sea stars to an incredible ocean adventure and a sustainable seafood festival, there’s plenty of action to keep you moving this month.

>> Start the month off with a night under the sea stars on March 1! Join the Aquarium of the Pacific for their annual Noche de Estrellas for live Latin music, dancing, dinner, underwater dive shows and more.

>> It’s celebration time! March 1-3 the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium celebrates its 10 year anniversary. The celebration is happening all weekend long, so be sure to be a part of the fun with Heal the Bay, Aquarium staff and volunteers for this exciting benchmark. There’ll even be birthday cake and ice cream for those of you with a sweet tooth!

>> Learn about the ocean’s most feared predator in a three part series of lectures from an underwater cinematographer on March 5, 7 & 13. There will also be a shark exhibit titled “Sharks: The Beauty of the Ocean Predator” through May for you to enjoy at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

>> Want to go on a journey of a lifetime? Cabrillo Marine Aquarium has just the trip for you. March 7 – 15, go on a nine-day ocean voyage filled with the friendly whales of Baja, offshore island hikes and more!

>> Love Chowdah? Seafood for the Future is hosting a Best of the West Chowderfest March 9 to celebrate sustainable seafood and enjoy one-of-a-kind chowders cooked with local California seafood. FCEC will be attending this event, so don’t miss out on this one!

>> Aquarium of the Pacific celebrates divers on March 23 at their 12th annual Divers Day. Take a look at live dive demonstrations, meet local organizations related to the sport and science of diving, and learn how to get involved with dive related organizations and volunteer opportunities to protect the ocean and marine life we all love.

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

Where will you be this month? Share with us below!

A new year brings new activities. FCEC is here to provide you with the latest community events, volunteer opportunities and local fishing related activities for 2013. This January check out some of the happenings in your area and get involved!

>> During the month of January, join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for Whale Watching any day of the week!

>> It always feels rewarding to do some good. Kick off the New Year right by lending a hand and helping clean a local beach for Cabrillo’s monthly beach cleanup on January 5. Or join Heal the Bay on January 19 at Venice Beach for their Nothin’ But Sand Beach Cleanup.

>> January 19 the Daniel Hernandez Youth Foundation Junior Fishing Club is hosting a youth get together at their brand new clubhouse. Learn the basics of fishing then go out to the local lake for some fun fishing times!

>> Ready for a whale-sized fiesta? Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for their annual Whale Fiesta on January 27. It will be a family day filled with games, arts and crafts, puppet shows, food and gift vendors, marine awareness organizations and music. A guaranteed good time for you and the family!

>> Get up close and personal with the oceans ultimate predator at the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Shark Lagoon Nights every Friday in January.

>> Want to be a part of a major project happening at the Belmont Pier? Now’s your chance! Join MSRP for their “Building an Artificial Reef Along the Belmont Pier” public meeting on January 30 to learn about the project and provide any comments related to the project.

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

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

*Photo courtesy of Top Events USA.

November is the time of year to reflect and give thanks for what we appreciate most in life, whether it’s fishing, a warm meal or living in sunny Southern California. This November take some time to be thankful for what you have and celebrate with your community at some of these exciting events:

>> November 10, join Heal the Bay as they help restore Malibu Creek State Park from invasive plants.

>> Remember to thank a veteran, November 11. In honor of Veterans Day, all veterans will get in free to the Aquarium of the Pacific and receive special discounts at the Redondo Pier.

>> Sea Stars and kids can feast every Tuesday in November at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium for FREE! Take your kids to help feed the sea stars and they can eat for free at Rusty’s Surf Ranch on the Santa Monica Pier.

>> Get your cook on! November 16 is the last day to get your healthy seafood recipe entries in our Sustainable Seafood Recipe Contest to win $60 to the best seafood restaurant in Orange County – Slapfish!

>> Are you thankful for free fishing? Join Sportfishing with Dan Hernandez as he hosts a Youth Fishing Derby for all kids under 15 to enjoy some free fishing at El Dorado Regional Park November 17.

>> It’s feasting time! Treat yourself and your family to a traditional Thanksgiving meal on November 22 and dine with the Aquarium of the Pacific family.

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

How will you be celebrating your thankfulness this month? Share with us below!

*Photo courtesy of Galveston Daily News.

With plenty of volunteer events, fairs and Halloween fun this month, you will find events the whole family can enjoy. Take a look at some of our favorite happenings this month and dive into the fall fun:

>> Wednesdays and Saturdays in October, join the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy and lend a hand as they maintain the preserves to ensure healthy habitats for local wildlife and safe trails for visitors.

>> Aquarium of the Pacific is hosting an Aquarium Kids Fun Run Saturday, October 6. Sign your child up and they will receive a commemorative marine animal medal, a finisher certificate and free Aquarium admission!

>> Do you love clean water and healthy water bodies for marine life? Join Cabrillo Marine Aquarium on Saturday, October 13 for the World Water Monitoring Challenge and be a part of the team that protects our water resources worldwide.

>> Take a trip to Redondo Pier and experience their 3rd Annual Taste of the Pier.  On Sunday, October 14 hop on the Redondo Pier for food tastings, face painting, live music and more!

>> Join FCEC and head over to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium for their annual Autumn Sea Fair on Sunday, October 21. There will be ocean-related activities for every age, face-painting, cast a fishing line class and a Beach Olympics! We will be hosting a booth at this event so stop by to play our fishing game and say hello.

>> Are you ready for some ‘spooktacular’ fun this month brings?  You’re in luck! Aquarium of the Pacific will be hosting their annual Scarium of the Pacific October 20-21, for friends and families to enjoy a costume contest, pumpkin carving, spooky storytelling and kooky crafts!

>> For some not-so-scary fun, join the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium’s Sea Scare 2012 on Saturday, October 27 for an underwater world of chills, thrills and gills or have a good time at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium for a fishy fest celebrating Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos on October 27-28.

May you have a frightfully good time this month! For more information about these events and others, check out the FCEC calendar. Have you been to any of these events before? Share you past experience with us!

*Photo courtesy of Aquarium of the Pacific.