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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.
11/15/2012
NO UNDERWATER SEISMIC TESTS
The California Coastal Commission, concerned about harm to fish and marine mammals, on Wednesday scuttled Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s plan to conduct seismic surveys with underwater air cannons offshore of the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant. The commission's 10-0 vote followed a marathon hearing in the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Commission staff and environmentalists debated utility officials throughout the day over the potential damage the sonic blasts would cause near scenic Morro Bay on the Cental California coast.
10/30/2012
SURF ATTACK IN HUMBOLDT COUNTY
A 25-year-old surfer was seriously injured Tuesday when he was bitten by a shark in Humboldt County, authorities said. The attack came after a 39-year-old surfer was killed last week after being bitten by an apparent great white shark while riding waves near Lompoc. In Tuesday's incident, the surfer was bitten shortly before noon while surfing the North Jetty near Eureka Municipal Airport, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Department said. The surfer suffered a 14-inch wound and other injuries.
10/24/2012
DONALD TAKAYAMA PASSES
On October 22 iconic surfboard shaper Donald Takayama died of a heart attack. He was 68 years old. "We lost another legend today, Donald Takayama has gone on to shape and surf perfect waves for eternity. Our thoughts go out to Donald's family and friends," read a post on The Surfing Heritage Foundation's Facebook page.
10/24/2012
FATAL SHARK ATTACK AT SURF BEACH NEAR LOMPOC
On October 23, 2012 Francisco Javier Solorio Jr., 39, of Orcutt was killed by a shark off Surf Beach near Lompoc, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. He was bitten by the shark in his upper torso. Solorio's surfing companion "saw the shark bite his friend," said Sgt. Mark A. Williams, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's. The beach has been closed by the authorities. This is the seventh confirmed unprovoked shark attack from the Pacific Coast of North America for 2012 and the fifth fatal attack since 2000. This is the third attack in four years at this location.
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