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2/8/2014
PROPOSED MARINA DEL REY COPPER CLEANUP PROVOKES BOATER REVOLT
Plans for the first extensive pollution cleanup in Marina del Rey history have sparked a revolt by boat owners at the tony harbor that could echo along the length of the California coast. The Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board on Thursday will consider rules that would force boaters to strip copper paint from the bottoms of their boats and replace it with a less toxic alternative. To clean copper already in the water, the plan also calls for the county to spend at least $147 million dredging the nearly 50-year-old marina, the nation's largest manmade recreational boating harbor. Almost all of the marina's more than 4,500 boats have bottoms covered in copper paint.
2/3/2014
FORGET SHARK WEEK: THEY AREN'T THE ONLY FISH IN THE SEA
Americans have a love/hate affair with sharks. But the oceans are filled with even more exotic and dangerous creatures. Lately, the headlines have focused on Maui, which had eight shark attacks — two fatal — last year. Never mind that swimming in Hawaii's ocean is safer than driving the roads; tourists and natives alike have emptied store shelves of anti-shark devices, despite their dubious effectiveness and reports that a great white shark ate one.
11/21/2013
SKATEBOARDING'S FIRST WAVE: A PALISADES STORY
Tim Keller has just written a fascinating article about the First Wave of skateboarding and how it all sprang from the small beach community of Pacific Palisades, California. The article appears in this week's Palisadian Post, but you can also check it out online by clicking the link below.
11/18/2013
TOXIC WASTE SEEMS TO NATURALLY VANISH FROM PALOS VERDES SHELF
Decades after industrial waste dumping turned part of Southern California's seafloor into a toxic hot spot, scientists have dredged up a mystery. Chemicals fouling the ocean off the Palos Verdes Peninsula seem to be going away without being cleaned up. Samples taken from the sediment suggest more than 100 metric tons of the banned pesticide DDT and industrial compounds known as polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, have vanished from one of the country's most hazardous sites, almost a 90% drop in just five years.
11/11/2013
PROPOSED DESALINATION PLANT COULD HARM OCEAN ENVIRONMENT
A proposed seawater desalination plant in Huntington Beach could significantly harm parts of the Southern California ocean environment unless substantial changes are made in its design and operation, according to the staff of the state Coastal Commission. A staff report prepared for this week's commission vote on the project highlights the potential downside of large-scale efforts to turn the salty water of the Pacific Ocean into drinking supplies for coastal California. "There are ways to do desal in a fairly environmentally benign way," said Tom Luster, an environmental scientist with the commission. "This one will have some fairly significant adverse effects."
11/2/2013
MONTGOMERY “BUTTONS” KALUHIOKALANI PASSES
Montgomery "Buttons" Kaluhiokalani, passed away this morning as a result of complications related to his battle with lung cancer. Buttons was 54 years old. Like so many other Hawaiian surfing greats, Buttons rode his first wave in Waikiki at the age of 7. The son of an army serviceman and Hawaiian mother, Buttons came of age in the time of Hawaiian greats like Gerry Lopez and Eddie Aikau. In the 1970s, Buttons, along with close friends Larry Bertlemann and Mark Liddell, helped redefine what was possible on a surfboard and ushered the sport into new realms that laid the framework for modern day surfing.
10/16/2013
18-FOOT OARFISH FOUND OFF CATALINA ISLAND
Staff at a marine institute are trying to figure out what to do with the carcass of an 18-foot-long sea creature discovered off the coast of Catalina Island. Marine science instructor Jasmine Santana was shocked to confront the rare oarfish Sunday in the waters of Toyon Bay, about two miles from Avalon and 22 miles off the Port of Los Angeles. It was the “discovery of a lifetime,” according to a news release from the Catalina Island Marine Institute, where Santana works. The snake-like fish was found late Sunday afternoon dead but nearly intact, according to the release, adding it appeared to have died from natural causes.
9/21/2013
SUCCESS OF PETITION TO CHANGE PARKING HOURS AT SUNSET
The petition to change the restricted hours of parking at Sunset has met with victory. The signs currently posted at Sunset prohibit parking from 10pm to 6am, hours which are intended to discourage overnight parking. The signs currently posted at Topanga prohibit parking from 10pm to 5am. The petition requests that the hours at Sunset be changed to reflect those at Topanga, allowing for dawn patrol surfers to be able to park at first light, 5am, during the summer months.
6/29/2013
NOAA SAYS PACIFIC GREAT WHITE SHARK NOT IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Friday that the northeastern Pacific Ocean population of great white sharks is not in danger of extinction and does not warrant listing under the Endangered Species Act. NOAA had been researching the health of the great white population since last year, when the environmental groups Oceana, Shark Stewards and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a petition calling for endangered species protection.
6/18/2013
BOB MEISTRELL DIES AT 84; CO-FOUNDER OF BODY GLOVE
At 84, Bob Meistrell died Sunday aboard his 72-foot yacht Disappearance off Catalina Island, where he was planning to help run a paddleboard race. The cause was a heart attack, family members said. Bill Meistrell, and his twin brother, Bob, founded Body Glove International, which has grown into a $200-million business, selling wetsuits, surfwear, swimsuits, snorkels and cellphone covers.
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