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Youth Fishing Program
Lots of youth all around Los Angeles have little or no interaction with the sea. Some rarely come to the beach. We work hard at getting kids out fishing.
Every year the Marina Del Rey Anglers take over 500 disadvantaged and at risk children fishing in the Santa Monica Bay. Members volunteer their time to show these kids how to be responsible anglers and the joys of our favorite past time. There are typically 20 trips throughout the summer starting in July. The trips take place aboard the charter boat Betty-O which is owned by our club member Mike Reinsch. With the help of our generous sponsors and the hard work or club members we strive to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children in the Greater Los Angeles area.
Youth fishing participants
White Sea Bass Grow Out Program
The Marina Del Rey Anglers operates one of the thirteen White Sea Bass grow out facilities on the Southern California coast stretching from San Diego to Santa Barbara. Every year we receive upwards of 5,000 juvenile White Sea Bass which initially only measure 3 inches in length. At this size they are extremely vulnerable to predators in the wild and face a low probability of survival. Club members volunteer their time to help raise the fish in protected enclosures until they reach 12 inches in length. Doing so greatly increases their chances of survival before being released into the wild. This program has helped the White Sea Bass population rebound from a near collapse into a flourishing fishery.
These facilities are made possible by the Ocean Resource Enhancement and Hatchery Program. This program represents a unique partnership between California state resource agencies, public utility companies, volunteer user groups and the scientific community. By teaming up with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Hubbs-Seaworld Research Institute, and the United Anglers of Southern California we have released approximately 100,000 strong and health fish into the Santa Monica Bay.
Halibut Sexing Research
In 2012 and 2013, The Bay Foundation tested ultrasound on live and freshly caught California halibut in Santa Monica Bay. With the help of volunteers, local recreational fishermen, and the Marina Del Rey Anglers, we looked at 81 fish across a range of sizes.
Ultrasound testing live halibut