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Containers Overboard

January 20th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Containers Overboard”

Written by Staff Attorney Lauren Chase

While cruising down PCH, walking along the beach, surfing, bird or marine mammal watching in Southern California recently, have you found yourself counting the ships dotting the horizon?  1… 2… 3… 4… 20… 40… 60… 100?! 

Indeed, the nation’s largest ports – the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, respectively – are experiencing record-breaking bottlenecks due to a perfect storm of supply chain disruptions, crushing consumer demands, and increased ship sizes with more containers to unload than ever before. Over the last few months, there have been a series of unprecedented numbers of cargo ships anchored or drifting offshore waiting for a berth at the ports. Despite White House attention, both ports moving towards 24/7 operations, and heftier fines for idling containers, the backlog is expected to last through the holiday season. Starting November 16, arriving ships will have to wait farther offshore in an effort to improve safety and air quality, but pushing the problem farther out of sight does not address the root cause.

Clogged ports, more extreme weather events, and larger ships with ever-growing container stacks create increased risks for marine environments.

You may have heard about the ongoing investigation into a cargo ship’s anchor as the suspected cause of the recent Huntington Beach oil spill, but there is another shipping industry issue you may not be aware of: containers going overboard.

According to the World Shipping Council, an average of 1,382 containers were lost at sea each year from 2008-2019, and given the lack of mandatory reporting requirements, many take these figures as a conservative estimate. Last year, amidst COVID-19 restrictions and online shopping crazes, this figure spiked with an estimated 3,000 containers lost at sea from November 2020 to early January 2021. In one incident alone, the ONE Apus lost a reported 1,816 containers in heavy weather while traveling from China to Long Beach. 54 of the lost containers had “dangerous goods,” including fireworks, batteries, and liquid ethanol.

Port of Los Angeles by Steve Saunders

In January 2021, the Maersk Essen lost a self-reported, approximate 750 containers in severe weather en route from Xiamen, China, to Los Angeles. The following month, a different Maersk ship, the Eindhoven, lost a self-reported 260 containers during the same crossing. Already this season, a cargo ship carrying hazardous materials caught fire and lost approximately 109 containers near British Columbia in late October 2021. To date, only four of the containers have washed ashore. Why does this happen and what does all of this mean for our oceans?

Containers fall overboard for a variety of reasons ranging from incorrect container loading and securing to increasingly extreme, climate change-induced storm events. While the impacts of sunken containers on marine environments have not been widely studied, a research team of scientists from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) and the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) assessed the impacts of a submerged container discovered within the MBNMS. The team found that the container altered local flow patterns and benthic community make-up with a disturbance zone around 20 times its footprint. Estimating the container will remain on the seafloor for hundreds of years, the researchers expressed concerns that the continuous build-up of sunken containers throughout the ocean could act as “stepping stones” for invasive species. The team also expressed concerns about the potential, longer-term impacts of container toxicity on marine life.

So what can we do about this?  At an industry level, and with your support, we can advocate for more standardized and effective restrictions on stack height, weight distribution, and lashing.  These policy measures, when paired with robust enforcement regimes, can help prevent container losses.

Additionally, we can pressure industry and government to impose …

Mandatory container loss reporting and recovery requirements; andMore robust enforcement regimes for instances of container loss, including automatic, mandatory minimum penalties to fund restoration efforts.

Meanwhile, at the individual level, we can all use the power of our pocketbooks.  With every purchase, you make and within the resources available to you, opt to shop used, local, and sustainable. If you truly need new things shipped to you, select the slowest available speed to minimize haste.

This holiday season, Coastkeeper challenges our members to opt-out of traditional consumer gifting and opt-in for a slightly different approach.

Rather than buying “stuff” for loved ones on your holiday list, consider…

Planning an experience you can share together, such as a hike, beach picnic, surf lesson, or scuba diving course;Creating a DIY gift, with bonus points for using upcycled materials;Baking and gifting your favorite holiday treat; orDonating to Orange County Coastkeeper or another organization near and dear to your loved ones’ heart for a gift that keeps on giving.

Together, we can work to stop the loss of containers into our oceans and build a world more swimmable, drinkable, and fishable for all.

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Mothership Kayak Fishing Adventure – 50 Miles Off California Coast

January 9th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Mothership Kayak Fishing Adventure – 50 Miles Off California Coast”


In this episode we’re putting 22 kayaks and fishermen on an 88-foot boat and heading 50 miles off the coast of San Diego to kayak fish around San Clemente Island for 3 days. We’re using a wide variety of techniques for California halibut, calico bass, California sheepshead, white sea bass, Pacific bonito, yellowtail and much more. We’ll be fishing hard, eating good and living on the boat around this uninhabited island.

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Massive Sunfish spotted off Laguna Beach by Paddleboarders

January 6th, 2022 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Massive Sunfish spotted off Laguna Beach by Paddleboarders”

Rich German and his friend Matthew Wheaton came across a sunfish basking in the sun while they were paddleboarding off the coast of Laguna Beach, California, on Dec. 2.

Sunfish, also known as mola mola, typically live 60 to 120 miles offshore and hunt at depths with very cold water. They come to the surface to float motionless to increase their body temperature from the sun.

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5 Coastkeeper Highlights from 2021

December 23rd, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “5 Coastkeeper Highlights from 2021”

Our team was busy this year! Check out these five big victories from 2021.

Enraged by the Amplify oil spill in October, we have reignited our fight for expedited offshore oil rig decommissioning. In the past two months, we have worked with partners such as CARE, Vans, Assemblywoman Petrie-Norris, and Senator Min to push forward a workable plan that would provide a clear path to decommissioning. In an effort to clear our coast of oil drilling, we are planning an extensive decommissioning summit in April. We are excited to share more details with you in January!

In addition to planning our summit, we developed a new oil spill curriculum for our watershed education programs and sent out numerous Public Records Act requests to uncover more details about the spill.

This year saw the return of two of our most popular programs: beach cleanups and field trips! While our team adapted well to the challenges of pandemic safety measures, we are happy to be out engaging with our wonderful volunteers in person. Our cleanup dates are set for January, February, and March if you’d like to register early on our website!

2021 was the fifth year of our continued partnership with CSUF and CSULB to restore eelgrass beds in Newport Bay. The initial plan was to establish a third of an acre, but we have tripled that! With recruitment growth from our beds, the bay is home to approximately four new acres of eelgrass. This provides a habitat for many sea animals, including sea horses. Read more about our restoration projects here.

Our clean water enforcement program cleaned up more illegal pollution discharges from industrial facilities, continuing our legal department’s 100% success rate in over 130 enforcement cases over the years. We fill the void of water quality enforcement left by our Regional Water Board that no longer prioritizes enforcement of clean water laws. An added benefit is that we have directed nearly $500,000 in penalties from these cases to other NGOs in 2021.

Have you seen a specific source of pollution impacting your waterway? Report it to us using this form, and we will investigate it.

Lastly, we continued to oppose the Poseidon desalination project in Huntington Beach, a battle that we have been fighting for over 20 years! This nearly $2 billion privately held project (though planning on government subsidies) has never proven a need for their water. In truth, a water reliability study conducted by the Municipal Water District of Orange County found that Poseidon’s plant is the most infeasible and expensive of all proposed new water projects.

In March 2022, this boondoggle will seek coastal development permit approval from the California Coastal Commission. For the latest news regarding the #StopPoseidon campaign, follow our coalition’s Instagram page or visit our website, californiadesalfacts.org.

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NEW SPECIES Caught Offshore Kayak Fishing a Remote Coastline | Field Trips Panama

December 8th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “NEW SPECIES Caught Offshore Kayak Fishing a Remote Coastline | Field Trips Panama”


In this episode I’m kayak fishing with a new group of clients out front of Los Buzos Resort on the wild Pacific Coast of Panama. We’re catching a huge variety of species, including several we can’t even identify and a few that are absolutely massive. Then, we have a ball of bait hiding underneath one of our kayakers, while a huge pod of dolphins hunts it from all sides. This is mother nature at it’s finest!

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