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VIDEO: 'No Fishing' Signs Installed at Marine Protected Areas in Malibu

More and more people have become supportive of the restrictions on fishing in Marine Protected Areas off Malibu's coast, but there are some pockets that have resisted the change in policy.

Signs warning beach goers of fishing restrictions in Marine Protected Areas along Malibu's shores were installed Thursday, just one of many steps in an ongoing public information campaign.

"I think it indicates that we are really moving forward and we are making our best efforts to make sure that everybody not only knows about the MPAs, but there is actually a growing support base for them," Liz Crosson, Executive Director of Los Angeles Waterkeeper.

"As people understand why they were established, what kind of state our fisheries are in, the fact that they are depleted, they are becoming more supportive of the idea that these are here to help these species recover and survive in the future," Crosson said.

The installation of the signs at Paradise Cove, Point Dume and Zuma Beach marked the collaborative work of several agencies over the past year, including the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the L.A. Waterkeeper, Heal the Bay and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The Southern California MPAs, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2012, are located in specific sections of the ocean from Santa Barbara's Point Conception to the U.S./Mexico border.

All types of fishing are prohibited in the Malibu ocean from Paradise Cove to Zuma Creek. The area from Zuma Creek to El Matador State Beach has the less-restrictive designation of State Marine Conservation Area, which allows specific types of fishing.

Surveys are underway to measure the effect of the MPAs, including aerial surveys by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Foundation, according to Sarah Sikich, coastal resources director for Heal the Bay.

In Malibu, most violators have been seen hook-and-line fishing from boats, spearfishing and shore fishing, Sikich said.

"There have been a few continuous pockets in Malibu, particularly at Westward Beach, shore fishing, and the stretch between Big Dume and Little Dume we've seen some shore fishing and some spear fishing," Sikich said.

Both Heal the Bay and the L.A. Waterkeeper have been out educating fishermen and other members of the public about the new rules.

"Up here, it's been a year of talking to fishermen and talking to stakeholders in communities. They're starting to open up and talk more," said Michael Quill, a MPA outreach coordinator for L.A. Waterkeeper.

Other tools for education include a waterproof map that includes GPS locations of the MPAs, which are available for fishermen and are quite popular, Quill said.

Quill said he has seen an increase in compliance, especially in L.A. County over the past year.

"I still see violations, people coming on land, and that's why it is so important to get these signs posted where the access points are," Quill said.

hellwood January 17, 2013 at 07:07 PM
"As people understand why they were established, what kind of state our fisheries are in, the fact that they are depleted....blah, blah, blah" yeah, yeah....more and more people understand that Heal the Bay makes the $$$ when our freedom is taken. local shore, kayak, and spear fishermen don't deplete the fisheries. ...and that sign makes our beautiful beach look like a traffic stop. someone please remove that garbage off of our beach
Stephanie Winnard January 17, 2013 at 08:39 PM
I support the fishing ban. Scientists have predicted the collapse of all fisheries by 2048. While I understand it's industrial fishing methods like trawling that have caused the dire state of our fisheries and not individuals with a line and hook, the situation is just too desperate for our oceans, and dramatic action is needed,so I support the ban.
Stephanie Winnard January 17, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Also, personally the signs don't bother me. I'm happy if the public is being educated and being made aware of the Marine Protected Areas.
hellwood January 17, 2013 at 09:48 PM
Stephanie, You obviously don't understand how the fish gets to your dinner table. You will go and get ripped off for farm raised fish and overpriced sushi, and support a ban based on fear and ignorance. You must work for heal the bay. You don't fish, do you? Supporting the destruction of the Southern California lifestyle is easy for those who don't live it.
Wendi Werner January 18, 2013 at 12:39 AM
These same people are the very ones who gutted the lagoon and are behind the clean water tax hike. Enough is enough.
Aikibu January 18, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Sane watermen like myself support the ban.As for the signs well you know some folks with a beach key think they own the place and that malarkey has been going since they installed the gates decades ago.
hellwood January 18, 2013 at 08:30 PM
how does the ban really help anything if you look at the big picture? the MLPA is about a billionth of the ocean at best, and more people are born every day who want to eat fish. NO fish that end up in restaurants come from point dume. even if HTB spent money on billboards and commercials educating people about how buying fish caught commercially and the rip-off sushi industry contributes to the decline, it would create more awareness...and if you actually dunked your head in the ocean, you would know how many fish are in those waters, and that pollution is the REAL problem here. if the ban excluded kayakers, spearfishing, and shorefishing, it wouldn't be such a smack in freedom's face. you also discredit yourself by whining about not having a key. accessing that area without a key is no big deal for a real waterman sane or not. we should put a sign on your front lawn that says "proud supporter of agenda 21"
Aikibu January 19, 2013 at 12:24 AM
I agree pollution is a problem, perhaps it time The Point and West Malibu got sewers? as for the rest of your arguments well I have been a waterman since before you were born and surfed Out Front, The Rock, Little Dume, Outers, Mystoes and The Hut since you were sucking on your little thumb, and with all due respect when you come up with actual facts about whats going on right under your SUP and stop acting like an Oaron with the personal attacks. Then perhaps someone can have a civil discourse with you without you pulling the "local" card. The only locals are the Seals, Lobsters, Bass and other so called "game" fish you think you own because you currently suck oxygen into your lungs. The BKR is nothing like it was 50 years ago... let it replenish, put a sewer line in while you're at it and we'll talk in 10 years or so...maybe...
Aikibu January 19, 2013 at 12:34 AM
P.S. "Hell" wood. With all due respect... Save some dough and see whats going on...Fly Over the Pacific Gyre... Visit pristine South Pacific Beaches and see if you can walk a mile without stepping on some plastic or trash...Go snorkel the ever expanding dead zone off The Gulf Coast...THEN talk to me about why I don't eat fish or lobster anymore, locally caught or not.
hellwood January 19, 2013 at 12:51 AM
Aikibu, Its weird you bring up personal attacks. At least i didn't call you a stand up paddler. i guess your "key to the beach" thing really threw me off because I'm used to outsiders injecting their hate. Sorry about that, but i guess we disagree about what freedom is, and whether or not sewers are the answer. my dad taught me how to fish in these waters, and I feel it's an important "right" to fight for.
Aikibu January 19, 2013 at 01:02 AM
We don't really disagree all that much dude. In my experience being able to enjoy Mother Ocean is a privilege not a "right", and if leaving the BKR alone for a decade means your kids may be able to enjoy it along with you then try to remember your freedoms require a little sacrifice sometimes. And I don't know if sewers are the sole answer, however, for the BKR to flourish... I think the time has come for Latigo, Paradise Cove, Point Dume, and West Malibu to focus protecting their watersheds and local beaches.
hellwood January 19, 2013 at 01:14 AM
its all relative though. what if the ban happened when you were younger? you might be pissed off too. ...and who knows...maybe if I was your age and had fished my brains out for 50-60 years, I would be over it by now and think like you?
Cece Stein January 19, 2013 at 04:18 AM
Hellwood, what do think would happen if ALL of us 33 MILLION Californians wanted to partake in the "California Lifestyle" and wanted to dive and spear fish for sustenance? 33 million!!! Easter Island, Rapanui, did not have MLPA's or any real conservation regulations and they out populated their food sources but ended up eating each other as a source of food but that did not last very long. We live in a very over populated part of the planet, not everyone here in LA ( 14 million plus ) can live off of the local sea life populations. To live a primative pristine lifestyle where you can live off the land, you may want to move out of LA County ( even though we don't want you too of course : ).
hellwood January 19, 2013 at 05:34 AM
thats ridiculous. if 33 million californians all wanted to do anything it would be chaos. imagine if 33 million people wanted to dye their hair blonde tomorrow? what if 33 million people all decided to hunt for beaver tomorrow? haha! think about it. so what. not all fishermen keep their fish. I personally let about 99/100 go. ...you think all of the fat mcdonald-taco-bell bon-bon eating, diet soda drinking heffers are going to hassle getting pummeled by the surf just to swim or paddle out into shark waters to learn how to fish? we all know most of the people will continue fishing for tuna at the bar. c'mon
Niles Akbar January 19, 2013 at 04:48 PM
That's stupid since that is never , ever going to happen so your comment is irrelevant, this time. Many other times, you are right on target.
Cece Stein January 19, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Exactly my point, 33 million was meant to be ridiculous but some kind of limits,regulations and protection is paramount . Fish and Game permits finance great hatchery programs and monitor fish populations with extensive studies to help prevent species depletions.If you want fresh caught local fish and lobster from Malibu waters, the experienced divers and fishermen adapt and improvise and find there catch in the still intact legal local areas. We are thawing out a few tails for tonite thanks to a local free diving old school kid from our hood who has his secret spots dialed. He is a legit "by the rules permit holder "but there are more illegal poachers here in Malibu than you might think .

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