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January 7, 2003
I was saddened to read about Rodolphe Streichenberger's misguided crusade to dump trash in our ocean as a noble David-versus-Goliath struggle (Jan. 3). This David is portrayed as "wanting only [a] sea solution." Although restoration of habitats in our coastal waters is important and noble, it is highly irresponsible to place old tires or plastic pipes into the ocean as substrates on which to grow kelp or other sea life. Our ocean has a natural substrate. It is called rock. If we place tires in our ocean to grow marine life, then what is next?
October 10, 2005
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has committed another major blunder. The Oct. 3 article, "Efforts to Restore Kelp Suffering Growing Pains," blamed the disappearance of Southern California kelp on "marauding sea urchins." The Oct. 6 article, "Agency Seeks to Lift Otter Ban," discussed the failed attempts at keeping threatened sea otters out of Southern California to help fishermen. What do otters eat? Urchins. For heaven's sake, Fish and Wildlife, put your heads together and go "duh"!
January 12, 1997
Re: Proposed closure of the Malibu coastline to commercial fishing. The citizens of Malibu do not learn well from history. In 1969-1970, California was spending taxpayer dollars to eradicate sea urchins. The urchin population was so large that it was decimating the kelp beds off the coast. Without the protection of the kelp forests, there was severe beach erosion which would have caused the loss of the expensive homes and other valuable property along the Malibu shoreline. Demise of the kelp forest would further degrade the environment by causing loss of habitat for numerous other species of fish and shellfish.
December 10, 1989
Driving past the San Onofre nuclear power plant on the northern San Diego County coast, it's hard not to think about the radiation inside the domed reactor buildings. But San Onofre's impact on the environment is caused not by radioactive contamination, which is negligible, but by the plant's cooling system. Each day, San Onofre draws enough ocean water to cover a one-square-mile area 14 feet deep. The sea water pumped into the plant from near the shoreline is often naturally murky.
Charging that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is violating federal law by killing tons of fish and kelp, an environmental group filed suit Thursday against Southern California Edison Co. demanding a stop to the killing. The suit was filed about a year after a 15-year, $46-million study found that the nuclear plant south of San Clemente is, indeed, killing tons of fish and kelp.
March 21, 2010
"Whoa! That's so cool!" Julian Guzman shrieked as he spotted an image of wingless midge larvae. Guzman, 9, was joined Tuesday by his fellow third-grade classmates from 32nd Street School for a sneak peak at the new permanent exhibition wing, Ecosystems, at the California Science Center in Exposition Park. "We're encouraging people to notice the science that exists all around them -- to look beyond these walls to notice and explore out in the real world," said Jeffrey N. Rudolph, president and chief executive of the California Science Center.
April 1, 1993 | DAN STANTON
The transition from winter rock cod fishing to full-time surface action has begun. Indications are that a spring run of white seabass is under way, with local and island boats returning with notable catches. Despite stormy conditions last weekend, sportfishing and private boats were able to catch rockfish on the surface and in shallow water. The Long Beach Sportfishing boat Toronado worked off Santa Catalina Island and returned with limits of calico bass and three seabass.
October 9, 1986 | JEFFREY MILLER, Times Staff Writer
They are only two to three inches long and their numbers are hardly significant, but someday they could prove to have a great impact on fish population in the waters off San Diego. When 2,000 young white sea bass are released into Mission Bay this morning, it will be the first time in the nation that marine fish raised in a hatchery will be introduced to the wild to replenish the stock for commercial and recreational fishing.
September 10, 1992 | DAVID NELSON
The unusually savory stew of galas to be given in September will include benefits for fish, infants and contemporary art. After the Sept. 16 opening of the new Stephen Birch Aquarium-Museum at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, it will cost $6.50 admission to tour a facility already described by insiders as among the most dazzling of its kind.
August 25, 1994 | DAVID HALDANE, David Haldane is a staff writer for The Times Orange County Edition.
We begin with a warning: If you feel the least bit claustrophobic, don't try operating a one-man submarine. There I was, embedded tight in the belly of a 4-by-10-foot mass of plastic and metal constituting what had been billed as the world's most accessible underwater craft. Lying face down, locked in as tightly as a match in a matchbox, I could feel the ship's walls touching my hips.
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