We are a group of scientists, community members,
environmental organizations, surfers, and beach workers dedicated to a
better understanding of the habits and habitats of beach-spawning
grunion, Leuresthes tenuis...
We have completed a short documentary, "Surf, Sand, and Silversides: the California Grunion."
Total running time of the documentary is 25 minutes. It has been the official selection for several film festivals, including the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival, the Newport Beach Film Festival, Huntington Beach SoCal Film Festival, and the Toronto Beaches Film Festival. Awards include sound editing, International Wildlife Film Festival, and award of excellence for script from the Best Shorts Competition, and best short documentary from the Los Angeles City Cinema Festival.
National Geographic posted a video about the grunion using some of our footage.
See it here.
GRUNION SEASON 2017!
The grunion are running!
2017 Season Grunion Greeters -
We will be holding one training workshop this year at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Click here or visit the Volunteer to Greet the Grunion page.
Even if you don't go to a workshop we welcome your reports. Click the link "REPORT
OBSERVATIONS" to download a PDF of the data form. Follow the
instructions to submit your report online at the same link after the run. Your reports from any beach are always very important.
Beach Ecology Coalition spring
meeting - The Fourteenth Annual Spring Field Day of the Beach Ecology Coalition will be held in May, 2017.
This group is composed of beach managers, lifeguards, park rangers,
environmentalists, and coastal scientists. (more information)
We are starting a pilot program for a new volunteer opportunity to monitor sandy beach ecosystems in California. See AllAshore.org for information.
New book, "Beach-Spawning Fishes: Reproduction in an Endangered Ecosystem" by Dr. Karen Martin now available here.
NO TAKE of grunion is permitted during April and
May - The National
Marine Fisheries Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration define TAKE as: "to harass,
harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to
attempt to engage in any such conduct."
We encourage "observe and conserve" at all times.
No type of gear, traps, or nets is ever allowed for grunion. If you observe poaching or any violations of grunion fishing
regulations, such as use of gear or nets, please advise the California
Department of Fish and Game at this link,
http://www.dfg.ca.gov/marine/protection.asp or call their hotline, 1-888-DFG-CALTIP(1-888-334-2258).
Mixed flock of shorebirds eating grunion eggs, April, 2016, photo by Bill Figueroa
Ten years ago, hundreds of adventurous citizen
scientists observed the California Grunion's intimate activities on
beautiful sandy beaches during the most ideal time for viewing.
Observations are reported via a web-based questionnaire and used for beach
management and scientific research.