I was told about an article in "fishing tackle retailer", written by Keith Jackson of UASC. It states that this summer we will have a new artificial reef in Southern California... GOLETA! Great right? well... I'm not sure. If you read the article it describes a pier in Goleta that will be demolished in order to create this reef. But I cant figure out what pier they are talking about... I HOPE NOT GOLETA PIER! ...could they be making plans to do this to a different pier? Please post any information you have, or just what you think. Thanks, Flipper Contact: Ron Ballanti Tom Raftican Strike Zone Communications UASC 818.349.4608 714.840.0227 [email protected] [email protected] UASC ANNOUNCES NEW ARTIFICIAL REEF OFF GOLETA WILL BENEFIT COASTAL MARINE LIFE AND RECREATIONAL FISHERMEN California Coastal Commission Approves Bird Island Habitat Project The decaying remnants of a roaring 20s era pier north of Santa Barbara, California will soon be enjoying vibrant new life as Southern Californiaâ€™s latest artificial reef, where it will be home to a variety of marine life including calico bass, sand bass, juvenile rockfish, halibut and perch. Thanks in part to a joint effort by United Anglers of Southern California (UASC) and the Santa Barbara Audubon Society, the California Coastal Commission recently approved a plan to topple the existing pier pilings to create a vast underwater reef that will lie about 800 feet off the coastal town of Goleta. Work on the projectâ€”which will include augmentation with rock and other materialâ€”should begin during Summer 2005. This new structureâ€™s proximity to Naples Reefâ€”a highly popular and productive region for structure oriented fishâ€”should make the Bird Island project attractive for a variety of soughtafter gamefish such as calicos and white sea bass. Its nearshore location in 30-40 feet of water should provide an ideal anchor for new coastal kelp growth and habitat for wide range of marine life including invertebrates, small fish and the larger fish that feed on them. â€œWhen you introduce a new underwater habitat such as this, you kick off an entire marine food chain,â€ said UASC President Tom Raftican. â€œOver the long run, this increases the overall abundance of sea life in the area, which benefits not only recreational fishermen, but everyone who enjoys recreation on the ocean. Manmade structures like these are also very important as a place for fish to breed and for juvenile fish to gain protection from predators. You canâ€™t rebuild fisheries without rebuilding the nearshore habitat thatâ€™s the central building block of our whole marine ecosystem. Thatâ€™s why UASC will continue to work for new artificial reefs and promote them as a way to help marine life, fish and recreational anglers,â€ added Raftican. The Santa Barbara Audubon Society also took strong interest in the approval of this particular project. The above water portions of the decrepit pier pilings have become favored habitat for a variety of sea birds, including cormorants and endangered California brown pelicans. To accommodate the needs of life both above and below the waves, a unique solution was proposed. After the vertical pilings are toppled to create underwater structure, perches will be constructed to allow seabirds to rest and dry their plumage above the waterline. UASC will be an active partner and work closely with the California Department of Fish & Game in the construction of the reef, as well as the ongoing environmental monitoring of the Bird Island site. For more information about the Bird Island artificial reef and other important marine habitat projects, contact: United Anglers of Southern California, 5948 Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92649. Or visit online at www.unitedanglers.com.