Posts Tagged ‘FCEC’

2010 was a remarkable year for the Fish Consumption Education Collaborative, known as FCEC. We saw a large increase in our outreach efforts. We engaged our community at local piers, clubs and community organizations more than in any previous year. We attended numerous events where we spoke directly to community members about fish contamination in the area.

We also saw a few significant changes these past twelve months. Sharon Lin, who led the FCEC program for several years, moved on to other endeavors within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. FCEC benefited from her vision and leadership. Sharon was instrumental in creating the foundation for the work we will continue to expand upon.

In case you were wondering, I’m her replacement. I joined the EPA in 1997, working in the Community Involvement Office. It is my hope that my experience there and my various other roles will aid FCEC in its educational and community outreach. Additionally, I’m familiar with the issues around the Palos Verdes Shelf since I’ve been working on the Shelf’s cleanup plans since 2004.

But enough about me. Let’s talk about you! We recently asked you what you thought of our newsletters and blog posts. Thanks to all of you who took the time to share your thoughts.

Here are a few things we learned from the survey. Almost half of the respondents visit our blog monthly. Our newsletter readers also prefer informative videos and posts and like reading about fish consumption information. As a result, you can expect more of what you like! So why not start with our current newsletter that serves up exactly that?

First, check out an interview with Dave Anderson who works with our partner, Seafood For the Future – who talks about the relationship between what we eat and ocean sustainability. We also have a video on what chef and author Barton Seaver dubs “Restorative Seafood” and how to eat with sustainability in mind.

Lastly, we have a short video clip with fish enthusiasts from the Cerritos Rod & Gun Club, where they discuss what they learned about fish contamination at one of their club meetings.

Thanks for reading, and happy holidays!


Carmen White

On Sunday, October 17th, FCEC participated in the Cabrillo Autumn Sea Fair in San Pedro, where over 200 local residents were in attendance. Event attendees stopped by our FCEC booth and had a lot to say about fish contamination.

The core of the FCEC program is fishing. The sport runs deep in Southern California culture and history, indeed for some in our greater community it is far more than a sport, it

If you live along the coast you probably grew up visiting a pier to go fishing during the summer. With friends or family or maybe even by yourself, you casted a line out into the deep blue waters hoping to snag that great big fish for your bucket.

FCEC and our partners know that fishing is a unique community experience, one that is passed down from generation to generation. It

On behalf of FCEC, Yolanda Lasmarias and Tiffany Jonick spoke at St. Columban Church in downtown Los Angeles on Sunday, June 6th to educate community members about fish contamination. Over 30 adults were in attendance to hear the two speak and over 90 of the program

On Sunday, June 6th, St. Columban Church in downtown L.A. will be hosting FCEC Community Resource Council Member Yolanda Lasmarias and Tiffany Jonick, who on behalf of FCEC, will be speaking about the new angler tip card that is being distributed at local piers.

Yolanda made arrangements for the event to take place. In addition to explaining the tip card to parishioners, an overview of the contamination issue on Palos Verdes Shelf as well as the efforts EPA is taking to remediate the area will also be addressed.

Community outreach is a cornerstone of FCEC

A new experimental catch and release fishing program is hitting Southern California

This Saturday, May 15th, come out and join FCEC

On May 5th, FCEC

FCEC is holding a Partners Meeting on May 5 at the Orange County Health Care Agency from 9am to 1pm.

The meeting will address a number of topics including outreach to fishermen (in light of the 2009 fish consumption advisory), community outreach and market inspection work. We