Honor the Ocean

The City of Malibu celebrated the Marine Protected Areas that preserve our coastal environment at Honor the Ocean, Saturday, October 20, at Zuma Beach.

The day started off with a traditional blessing ceremony led by Chumash Elder Mati Waiya next to a Tomol, a hand-constructed Chumash canoe. Malibu Mayor Pro Tem Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner was on hand to welcome attendees and talk about the importance of protecting Malibu’s coastal environment.

Tongva and Chumash elders, whose ancestors were Malibu’s first residents thousands of years ago, led storytelling. Malibu Makos Surf Club offer free surfing lessons to the young students who participated in the event. Los Angeles County Lifeguards taught a sidewalk CPR session. The Bay Foundation hosted a fun, educational scavenger hunt and USC Sea Grant led a guided beach walk. Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wishtoyo Foundation, the City of Malibu Environmental Sustainability Department, Heal the Bay, Bay Foundation and other organizations that are part of the Marine Protected Areas had educational booths.

In northern Los Angeles County, MPAs start at El Matador near Ventura County line and extend southward to Paradise Cove. The area includes the Point Dume State Marine Reserve, and the Point Dume State Marine Conservation Area. In the Point Dume reserve area, from El Matador to Point Dume, all fishing and harvesting is prohibited. In the Point Dume conservation area, limited recreational and commercial fishing are allowed and fishing is regulated by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This area ranges from Point Dume to Paradise Cove. Learn more http://www.mpacollaborative.org/la.

Submitted by Matt Myerhoff

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