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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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COWNOSE RAY: CATCH CLEAN COOK (The Weirdest Fish on Earth) | Field Trips Virginia

December 7th, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “COWNOSE RAY: CATCH CLEAN COOK (The Weirdest Fish on Earth) | Field Trips Virginia”


In this episode I’m heading out with Brian Roberts and Charles Breon to target cobia in the Chesapeake Bay. That doesn’t pan out, so we resort to Plan B when I hook into a massive cownose ray. We decide to take it home for dinner, and it is absolutely the most bizarre meat of any animal on the planet. Come along as we show you how to clean this weird creature and how to cook up some good ol’ fashioned Cownose Ray Parmigiana. Just like momma used to make.

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Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 Walkthrough

December 2nd, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “Hobie Mirage Passport 10.5 Walkthrough”


Hobie is world renowned for designing pedal kayaks that are fun and functional. We’ve been at it for over 20 years. Powered by the fast and efficient MirageDrive with Glide Technology pedal propulsion system with patented Kick-Up Fins, experience hands-free, care-free kayaking. Logs, kelp, shallows, rocks? No problem. Our fins automatically “kick up” on impact. Every feature is designed with your entertainment in mind. Sail open water or fish the flats. We made sure you can do both thanks to the vertical accessory tube and molded in rod holders. Dual mounting tracks keep your accessories within reach while the 8” Twist-n-Seal Hatch will keep them dry. The easy-to-use steering system and simplified version of our twist-and-stow rudder puts navigation at your fingertips and a smile on your face. A paddle is included for times when you want that extra arm workout.

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5 Best Tips to Start Fishing

December 1st, 2021 Posted by Uncategorized 0 comments on “5 Best Tips to Start Fishing”

In coordination with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife ending the fisheries closure, here is a guest blog from expert angler Kristian Rørbye of fishingkris.com.

Fishing is one of the few pastimes that is particularly well suited to vacations. It’s the ultimate way to unwind: fishing is soothing (or should be), it can be done with the whole family and from various locales, and it makes for exciting vacation stories.

Another benefit is that fishing is a sport that people of all skill levels can enjoy. Even if you’re not particularly good at it, you’ll be able to chuckle and have fun at the end of the day.

A day passed on the wide-open water with a fishing rod and reel in hand is absolutely a day well spent for many people. Others, on the other hand, find the idea of spending a day fishing a little dull and monotonous.

Fishing is one of the most popular outdoor leisure activities in the United States, with almost 50 million people venturing into our country’s lakes and streams each year to enjoy the excitement of catching something.

Here are five pointers to keep in mind when you first start fishing:

1. Come Prepared

Always make sure you’re well-prepared and equipped to purchase fishing equipment and a fishing license.

If you are a first-time traveler, finding out what equipment and licenses you’ll need before your trip may seem daunting, but don’t get bogged down in the details! Maintain a straightforward approach and try to keep it simple.

Choosing the appropriate equipment is crucial, but it may be an intimidating task. There is no quick fix for figuring out which gear is best for you, but there are a few things to keep in mind:

Will you most likely fish from the rocks, beach, pier, boat, or another platform?Will you be fishing at the ocean, a river, a lake?What kind of fish are you looking for to catch?

Fishing does need some planning ahead of time. To ensure a smooth and pleasurable day on the trip, make sure you have all of the materials you’ll need ahead of time.

It’s OK to become enthusiastic if you see a fish chasing your bait…Just make sure you don’t stop spinning! Don’t alter your rhythm too much; this will serve to alert the fish to the idea that something isn’t quite correct.

Try your hand at fishing using robotic fishing lures. After 5-10 seconds, robotic swimming lures will come to a complete halt, waiting for the prey to be hooked. With super-realistic strokes and lighting spurs, you can capture more fish at any time during the day or night.

2. Be Aware of the Rules and Regulations

It’s critical to be aware of numerous fishing restrictions once you’ve been outfitted to seem like an A-grade angler. The most important limitations are the minimum permitted size and quantity of your catch. For recreational fishing, a license is required in some states.

Marine protected areas (MPAs) safeguard seas, oceans, estuaries, and, in the great lakes of the United States. These maritime regions can take many different forms, including wildlife refuges and research centers. MPAs are protected areas that restrict human activities for conservation, usually to conserve natural or enriching resources.

Some of the marine reserves allow fishing as long as no bait is gathered. On the other hand, other aquatic reserves restrict fishing in whole or part of the reserve to aid in the conservation of all forms of marine life in the region.

Orange County is lucky to have some great MPAs along its coastline, with Laguna Beach being the only place where fishing is prohibited. They appreciate being able to tell fishers about the recreational possibilities available in their regions and any water concerns that may affect them.

3. Do Your Research and Pack the Right Gear

It pays to do your homework if you want to be a successful angler. Those familiar with the sport will tell you that luring a catch involves planning, talent, research, dedication, and more.

Grasp as much fishing-related information as you can by reading, watching, and listening. If you have a limited amount of time, think about the optimum time to fish in your allocated area and the most incredible place to lure a catch.

Please make a note of locations where other fishers are attempting their luck when you arrive at your destination. Alternatively, ask around for some recommendations, as local knowledge is hard to match.

Here is a list of essential fishing equipment to bring with you.

Fishing rod and reelFishing lines with different strengths and weights. monofilament lines, which are very user-friendly and easy to knot.Assorted fish hooks. Sizes range from number 32 (smallest) to 19/0 (most significant)Live or artificial baits/fishing lures.BobbersSwivelsFirst aid kit. Accidents tend to happen its best to be well preparedWaterproof bag and rain gearSunscreen and polarized sunglassesTacklebox

If the only thing you’re at risk of contracting is a cold, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan. Plan a fishing location and select proper bait. These straightforward procedures will assist you in determining the optimal casting position for your reel and the best bait to utilize. You’ll have a more enjoyable time if you do some research before leaving the house.

Consult a local fishing guide for information on the region. Many may provide helpful information in the hopes of attracting fishers to their area.

4. Have a Plan

If the only thing you’re at risk of contracting is a cold, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan. Plan a fishing location and select proper bait. These straightforward procedures will assist you in determining the optimal casting position for your reel and the best bait to utilize. You’ll have a more enjoyable time if you do some research before leaving the house.

Consult a local fishing guide for information on the region. Many may provide helpful information in the hopes of attracting fishers to their area.

5. Invite a Friend to Join You and Embrace the Adventure

While being alone on the lake is a beautiful way to connect with your thoughts, sharing the experience with others is much better. Friendships are enhanced when they have a common interest. Fishing is a great way to meet new people, make memories, and have a few laughs.

The exhilaration of trying their luck every time they throw is addictive, according to many fishers. They like the element of surprise. True, no two fishing expeditions are ever the same.

To truly enjoy fishing, you must appreciate the unknown that awaits you on each trip.

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