Best Management Protocols (BMP's)
A major goal of our organization is to improve beach management in ecologically sensitive areas. To that end we have targeted the specific areas for development of essential protocols, or BMP's. For details click here.
Grunion Greeters: Citizen Science on the Beach
Volunteer "Grunion Greeters" experience a grunion run and witness the remarkable behavior of the silvery little fish as they ride the waves ashore to spawn on the beach. Grunion Greeters monitor local sites and collect observations for about two hours during a grunion run. Peak spawning season typically occurs from April through June. The grunion runs occur late at night, twice a month, after the highest tides associated with a full or new moon. Runs may occur on any flat, sandy beach and prefer areas without a lot of flashing light, noise and activity.
BACKGROUND: Grunion (Leuresthes tenuis) are restricted to a narrow distribution along coastal California and Baja, Mexico. After concern that beach grooming practices were harming grunion eggs incubating beneath the surface of the sand during spawning season, the first systematic study of the impact of humans on the sandy beach habitat of grunion was conducted in 2002. The results effected significant and lasting change in beach grooming procedures in San Diego and throughout California. Additional studies continue to expand this work. Coastal municipalities, beach managers, state parks, government agencies and environmental organizations are cooperating to ensure protection of incubating grunion eggs on shore and continued conservation of this remarkable fish and its sandy beach habitat. Please check out www.Grunion.org for more information.
Current Grunion Greeters: Click here for site sign-up.
Surf, Sand, and Silversides
This short documentary was produced to tell the story of California grunion and highlight its ecology and vulnerability on southern California's beaches. (more information) To view the trailers visit www.Grunion.org.
A group of stakeholders are meeting regularly to develop an assessment of the ecological health of sandy beaches in southern California in order to consistently evaluate conditions and track changes over time. For details click here.