It has come to Heal the Bay’s attention that some kayaks in the Malibu area have been tagged with a notice that states they are not allowed to be moored or placed on the beach within the newly established marine protected areas near Point Dume.
The MPAs allow for the mooring of vessels or any other non-consumptive use activities, such as surfing, kayaking, diving and sailing. Heal the Bay and other organizations are involved in marine protected area monitoring, but not enforcement. Enforcement is being conducted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is Heal the Bay’s public, marine education center and serves as a forum to educate and inspire stewardship for the environmental issues our organization champions.
Just over two decades ago, the habitats of the Santa Monica Bay were a dump site for unchecked pollution and toxic, barely treated sewage. There was a decrease in the number and quality of fish in the Bay; dolphins had reproductive problems and were full of tumors; a large patch of the bottom of the Bay was essentially lifeless; and people who swam and surfed in the Bay were exposed to infections and other illnesses.
In response, Heal the Bay's founders took it upon themselves to heal this troubled part of the ocean through the support of the public. The progress has been nothing short of remarkable. Our efforts are working and awareness of what causes pollution is getting better. But there's still much work to do. That's why your support is critical.
To keep informed on the latest news about Santa Monica Bay, including marine-related topics, visit the Aquarium’s issue-oriented exhibits. Visit our sea jelly exhibit, the centerpiece of the Pollution Corner, where sea jellies drift adjacent to a tank filled with floating plastic bags, demonstrating how marine debris mimics animals’ natural food and providing a visual representation of this increasing problem. Explore an interactive exhibit and view inspiring underwater photography in the Green Room to learn about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), an effort to set aside and establish underwater parks for critical habitats and eco-systems.