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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.
6/6/2013
1,300-POUND MAKO SHARK CAUGHT OFF HUNTINGTON BEACH
If the 1,323-pound mako shark hooked off the coast of Huntington Beach checks out, it would not only set a new world weight record but would also rank in the top half-percent of catches on file, officials said. Jack Vitek is the world records coordinator for the International Game Fish Assn., the Florida-based group that has regularly tracked world-record catches since 1939, with some dating to the 1860s. He confirmed that if Monday's catch meets the group's requirements, it would break the standing mako record set in July 2001, when a 1,221-pound shark was hauled in off the coast of Chatham, Mass.
5/2/2013
NEW SUNSET PHOTOS
A new gallery of 60 photos from Sunset has now been posted for your viewing pleasure. All photos shown were taken at Sunset Beach on 5/1/2013 and 5/2/2013.
4/2/2013
'UNUSUAL MORTALITY EVENT' DECLARED FOR CALIFORNIA SEA LION
Sea lion pups have been washing up on Southern California beaches at an alarming rate and the situation has become serious enough for officials to declare an "unusual mortality event." The severely underweight pups, some clinging to life, have been found stranded on beaches from Santa Barbara to San Diego at rates exponentially higher than in years past. In Los Angeles County, nearly 400 pups have been stranded since the beginning of the year. Last year, 36 were reported during that stretch. As of March 24, officials said, 214 sea lions were reported stranded in San Diego County, 189 in Orange County, 108 in Santa Barbara County and 42 in Ventura County.
3/11/2013
COASTAL PANEL REJECTS NAVY'S PLAN TO BOOST UNDERWATER BLASTS
Citing the danger to whales and other sea life, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously Friday to reject the Navy's plan for increased use of sonar and underwater explosives for training off Southern California. The vote will not immediately curtail any training, but will set the stage for additional negotiations between the Navy and the commission about how to safeguard marine mammals while permitting military operations in an area of 120,000-plus nautical square miles.
12/28/2012
PROPOSALS WOULD SHIFT SHIPPING LANES TO PROTECT ENDANGERED WHALES
Shipping lanes along the California coast — the oceanic superhighways for Asian goods coming to America — are poised to be rerouted in order to protect endangered whales from collisions. The International Maritime Organization, which governs global shipping, has approved three proposals that would shift one lane through the Santa Barbara Channel and the approaches to the Los Angeles-Long Beach port complex and ports located in San Francisco Bay.
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