Luring Local Fishermen to Learn About Their Catch

June 20, 2012 – Local anglers reeled in the love at the third annual “Fisherman Appreciation Day” organized by the Fish Contamination Education Collaborative and its partners at Venice Beach Pier on June 16.

More than 250 anglers, families and friends enjoyed an educational day where fishermen and visitors learned about fish contamination, local ecological issues and organizations focused on fisheries and the environment. The festivities also included prizes, food and face painting for children.

Heal the Bay co-sponsored the event with Cabrillo Marine Aquarium, Montrose Settlements Restoration Program, California Department of Fish and Game, Seafood for the Future, L.A. Conservation Corps/SEA Lab, United Anglers of Southern California, Marina Del Rey Anglers, and Los Angeles Rod and Reel Club.

Since its inception, our EPA-award winning Pier Angler Outreach program has educated nearly 100,000 anglers about the health risks of eating certain fish (e.g. white croaker). Members of the bilingual Angler Outreach team span eight different piers ­‑‑ Santa Monica, Venice, Hermosa, Redondo, Pier J, Rainbow Harbor, Belmont and Seal Beach‑‑ to spread their message.

Find out more en espanol.

Download a guide to eating fish caught in the bay.

–Frankie Orrala, Angler Outreach Coordinator