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Have you ever seen small holes on the beach and been perplexed by the mystery of what made them? They are from nocturnal bugs, called isopods, which burrow along our beaches to hide from the heat of the day and predators. They play an important role …
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California beach funding is a go, as the state’s full $1.8 million was approved and included in California’s budget. Since 2008 when nearly $1 million was eliminated from the state’s beach monitoring funds, California’s Beach Program has stru…
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Here at Heal the Bay, we’re still floating, buoyed by the knowledge that the city of Los Angeles has taken another step toward sustainability by banning single-use plastic bags. But we have to admit that the victory was made even sweeter, thanks to…
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Josh Friedman, former aquarist intern at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, recently published the following article and accompanying photograph in Alert Diver Magazine. He is about to begin his third year of college.
Diving with a scalloped hammerhead, photo by Josh Friedman
In the same week that the federal government declined to protect the great white shark, California’s ban on shark fin sales and possession went into effect.
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If the realization that lawns are inefficient isn’t enough for you to move forward on replacing yours, now there’s even more incentive: cash! The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is currently offering an incentive from $1.50-$2 per squar…
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Many members of Heal the Bay staff were saddened by the death at age 84 of Bob Meistrell, waterman and wet suit revolutionary. A few of us share reflections on his life:
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Of all of the things I thought I would do in this job, going to South Korea never crossed my mind. But three shots in the arm, several orientation meetings, and a pretty solid syllabus down, I’m one week out from joining with 150 students from the …
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Heal the Bay headed to the South Bay last weekend to soak up some love in Manhattan Beach. First we cleaned the beach with 75 volunteers (including friends from Target and Mattel), netting 87 pounds of trash and enough cigarette butts to measure…
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Be part of the solution to pollution! Join your fellow Angelenos on Coastal Cleanup Day (aka the BIGGEST volunteer day on the planet!) on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 from 9 a.m. to noon. This year Heal the Bay will organize more than 60 cleanup location…
Coastal Cleanup Day 2013 pollution Los Angeles volunteer Sept. 21