On the Water with Waterkeeper

Waterkeeper's on the boat presence and outreach efforts continues to spread the word about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and encourage compliance with MPA fishing regulations. Photos by Lauren Jack

Waterkeeper’s on the boat presence and outreach efforts continues to spread the word about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and encourage compliance with MPA fishing regulations.
Photos by Lauren Jack

This past Sunday we documented two kayak fisherman with lines in the waters of the Pt. Dume Marine Protected Area (MPA). Afterwards, we passed out a few MPA maps and guides, and shared local MPA regulation information with the grateful kayakers up from Orange County, who then paddled up on to legal fishing grounds just past El Matador State Beach. I am glad to report that they had not landed any fish before the Waterkeeper boat met up with them. I am also glad to report that we have been seeing the two elephant seals that were released at Paradise Cove a couple of weeks ago yodeling from the rocks off of Pt. Dume. The blue and humpback whales, dolphins, seals, and sea lions cruising the Santa Monica Bay waters are a pleasant addition to our MPA Watch boat trip excursions.

We have definitely seen a few more boats fishing inside the MPAs since Memorial Day. While we were out on the water with Antioch University students last week, we spotted a purse seine pulling its net onboard just outside the MPA boarder up at Paradise Cove. The act of compliance was observed just after we documented, and then informed, some recreational fisherman that they were fishing in a restricted area. They expressed their appreciation, pulled up anchor and moved to legal waters. Our outreach and education on the water mission sails on!

Volunteers who crew our boat and document boating and fishing activity in and around Pt. Dume and Pt. Vicente/Abalone Cove MPAs are always welcome. Boat trips run around 4 hours out of Marina Del Rey. Help us spread the word and enjoy a day on the Waterkeeper boat by volunteering! Check out the MPA Boat Trip calendar  or contact me for more information at mquill@lawaterkeeper.org

-Michael Quill, MPA Project Manager

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