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." Here are the trailers.
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 2013!
The grunion will be running soon!
2013 Season Grunion Greeters -
We will not be holding training workshops this year. HOWEVER we welcome your
reports on this site. 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.
Beach Ecology Coalition spring
meeting - The
Tenth Annual Spring Symposium of the Beach Ecology Coalition will be
held at Balboa Pier in Newport Beach on May 15, 2013.
This group is composed of beach managers, lifeguards, park rangers,
environmentalists, and coastal scientists. (more information)
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).
In 2010, for the ninth year, over 550 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.