July 25 - Coastkeeper, Tri Club Jump into La Jolla Cove's ASBS to Celebrate National Swimmable Day

Organizations joined forces during today's First Light Swim to celebrate San Diego's clean waters


July 23 - City of San Diego Fails to Take Action in Face of Critical Drought

Watchdog organizations say America's 8th largest city shamefully declines to elevate its drought response conditions to minimum requirements


July 15 - Coastkeeper Encourages State Water Board to Approve Mandatory Water Restrictions

Watchdog organization says it's critical for San Diego to achieve the short-term 20 percent conservation goal, long-term change in water ethic


June 19 - High School Students Complete Unique Water Quality Research Project

San Diego Coastkeeper shares insightful research project results on its website


June 17 - Data Released Today Show Californians Say Drought is "New Normal"

Coastkeeper releases digital map illustrating severe risk in water supply sources as they relate to drought conditions


June 13 - South Bay Heroes Shine at Coastkeeper’s Coastal Champions

Annual awards ceremony honors San Diego County clean water advocates 


June 5 - Coastkeeper Honors Nine Community Leaders in Celebration of World Oceans Day

Organization to present Coastal Champion awards at Birch Aquarium on June 13


Coastkeeper Files Lawsuit Against San Diego County Water Authority

Watchdog organization says water agency violated the law when it failed to address environmental impacts in its water supply plan


April 21- San Diego Coastkeeper Calls for 2014 Coastal Champion Nominations

Organization to hold awards breakfast in honor of World Oceans Day


April 21- Belly Up Presents Third Annual Ocean Commotion Concert

Headlined by Barnwell Shift, concert will benefit San Diego Coastkeeper


April 1- Acclaimed Oceanside Artist to Showcase Limited Edition Prints at Culture Brewing Company’s Art & Culture Event

Proceeds from April 4 event will benefit San Diego Coastkeeper


March 27- Coastkeeper Says Today's Water Authority Vote Lacks Vision

Water wholesaler fails to address greater environmental, fiscal impacts of water supply plan


March 27- San Diego County Water Authority Wants All Residents to Pay for Costly Desalination—Even if Their City Doesn’t Buy It

Environmental groups call for a decision delay on the fee structure that could embed desalination rates into fixed costs paid by all customers


March 26- Environmental Organizations Say County Water Authority is Missing the Mark on its Water Supply Plan

Groups warn that the water wholesaler fails to address big picture impacts of its shortsighted strategy


March 4 - San Diego Coastkeeper Welcomes Glen Schmidt to Board of Directors

Schmidt's policy, conservation experience adds to depth of the board


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Fishable Facts

  • Kelp forests play home to more than 700 species of marine creatures.
  • Many factors including pollution, climate change, and over-fishing contribute to kelp forest decline, and their collective impact is far greater than any individual stressor.
  • Research has shown that grazing by inflated sea urchins populations damaged kelp forests and slowed recovery in the '50s to '70s off Point Loma. Sea otters, lobster, and sheephead fish are important predators, keeping urchin populations in check.
  • Many fish off California's coast are in such decline that some species will take 50-80 years to recover to healthy levels.
  • La Jolla's lush kelp forest is like a stand of underwater redwoods – it provides food and shelter for hundreds of species, from tiny invertebrates to fish, mammals and birds.
  • Since 1990, revenues from commercial fishing have declined by more than half and the number of fishing boats calling at California ports has declined by nearly three-quarters.
  • Average size across a wide range of West Coast fish is down by half from 20 years ago.
  • A 40-cm bocaccio rockfish produces an average of just over 200,000 eggs per year, whereas an 80-cm fish at double the length produces nearly 10 times as many eggs (2 million)!
  • Nearly 80 percent of marine debris comes from land-based sources.
  • Regardless of their size, plastic pollution bits are not digestible by any creature.
  • More than 60 percent of all marine debris is plastic.
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