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Healing Beaches & Oceans

Published on 3/8/2007 on Press Telegram

[What's Hot] Pacific Health Care

HEALING BEACHES & OCEANS: Today we are on another make-the-ocean-better kick and we are wondering: Would it be boorish or tiresomely predictable of us to suggest that if you want to make the ocean better, locally, you could do no worse than blow a hole in the breakwater?


Doesn't have to be the whole thing reduced to rubble. The last thing any of us wants is for the supertankers in the port to tip over by getting smacked by a wave; nor are we yearning for perfect-storm breakers to destroy all the beachfront homes on the Peninsula. The wealthy are our friends. There's no point in harming them until later, when we need to.


Just a wee bit of a breach in the breakwater that can allow the errant wave to come in and joyfully pummel our shores now and then, and, also, to de-stagnate and liberate what's more or less become a lagoon and a trashtrap for the offal, detritus and flotsam that washes down from the towns along the banks of the mighty Los Angeles River, that's all we're after.


Meanwhile, one does what one can by picking up that trash, one little fleck of Styrofoam at a time, at various area volunteer beach cleanup efforts, the most recent of which is tending to a long-needed stretch of strand at Alamitos Beach.  

The Clean Alamitos Beach project kicked off last month and continues at 10 a.m. Saturday, with future ops taking place the second Saturday of every month.


It's a bit of our Long Beach that's been long overlooked in the various organized clean-ups along Big Town's coast, so if you volunteer to pick up trash, you won't come away empty-handed.


"We feel the beach needs healing," says Christian Lane-Brown, a member of the organization and a gent with whom we've been working closely in making plans for the destruction of the breakwater (we're trying, as we've noted, for partial destruction, but we're so inept at demolition of this order of magnitude, the whole thing may come down).


"We believe this is a worthy cause," the cleaning up of Alamitos Beach, "that not only profits the environment, but those who own, live and play here," says Lane-Brown.

 We should also note that high-school seniors panicking over needing more community service points before graduation can earn some at the event.

Alamitos Beach stretches, roughly, from Marina Green at Shoreline Village to just west of Cherry Avenue. Parking is free, provided by the city, behind the Villa Riviera building off Shoreline Drive.


Bags and gloves are provided, as is pizza by the What's Hot! award-winning Extreme Pizza, and coffee, by your local Starbucks.


SAVE SOME FISH: Here's another way to help make the ocean better: Quit trying to eat the whole thing's fish population in one sitting. If you just give them a rest every once in a while – have a Twinkie or something – fish populations will maintain themselves nicely, but when they're overfished and overeaten, they tend to go away forever.


Saving our seas "one bite at a time" is the mandate of the third annual Sustainable Seafood Day, which runs from 9 a.m. 'til 5 p.m. Saturday at the Aquarium of the Pacific.


The aquarium's Great Hall will feature cooking demonstrations by local chefs who will talk about sustainable seafood cooking tips and recipes, followed by tastings. And, again, don't eat it all at once. Let some others have a shot at the free food.


If you want more, complete sustainable seafood meals will be available for purchase in the aquarium's Cafe Scuba, which remains impervious to the irony and potential terror of serving fish in an aquarium.


Visitors on Saturday will also learn about such issues as aquaculture farming, obtain information about organizations that promote sustainable seafood practices and more.

 It's all included with aquarium admission: $20.95 for adults; $17.95 for seniors 62 and older; $11.95 for kids 3-11; and free for children under 3.Call (562) 590-3100, or hit the Web at www.aquariumof

 Tim Grobaty can be reached at or (562) 499-1256. 

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