Plans to Build an Artificial Reef Along Belmont Pier Benefits Local Anglers

Tree fish on Santa Monica Bay Artificial Reef.

MSRP proposes to build seven artificial reef modules covering a quarter of a ten acre area along Belmont Pier in Long Beach, California. MSRP is holding public meetings to provide information about the benefits of these reefs to local anglers.

Certain fish species found within surrounding waters of Belmont Pier extending to Santa Monica Pier and down to Seal Beach Pier, have high levels of PCB and mercury contamination. California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard and Assessment warn against consuming five fish species if caught near the shoreline in this area. The artificial reef modules will benefit local anglers who fish from Belmont Pier by attracting a greater diversity of fish species than the sand habitat that currently surrounds this area. Anglers will have access to a greater diversity of fish species, many of which can be safely consumed 1-2 meals each week. The reefs will also improve the quality of fishing at Belmont Pier which can usually only be found by getting in a boat and venturing offshore.

MSRP is funding this proposed project to restore fishing opportunities that were lost because of the releases of DDTs and PCBs into the ocean off of Palos Verdes peninsula between the 1940’s and 1970’s. The DDT and PCB contaminants are still present in the sediments on the Palos Verdes Shelf and are currently found in the tissues of certain fish.

Approximately 24,925 tons of rock from quarries on Catalina Island will be used to construct reef modules. Construction is projected to take place during the winter of 2014. Grab your fishing poles!

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