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By Jim Larkins | January 1, 2009
For nearly 20 years Laguna Koi Ponds has been importing the graceful koi fish from Japan and offering them to the local public. President and owner Ben Plonski has been keeping fish as a hobby for 42 years. He started when he was 15, cleaning ponds and aquariums from the back of his motorcycle in Palm Springs. Plonski then migrated to Laguna Beach, and turned his hobby into a thriving business. Although it would be possible to farm these fish locally, Plonski stresses the importance of leaving koi raising to the experts.
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By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | January 19, 2007
Are you in a quandary about eating fish? Every day another article appears about the health benefits vs. the risks of toxicity from its consumption. Our research revealed that, generally speaking, short of eating whale meat, the benefits outweigh the risks. Our wonderful Sam, the fish man, from the Laguna Beach Farmers Market, is always in search of healthy, fresh fish for his loyal customers. He is most definitely a wild fish advocate — so much so, that he recently returned from a trip to Brazil in search of some additional varieties because it is getting harder and harder to find fish that meet his high standards.
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By TOM TITUS | February 22, 2008
Those who were around in 1952 ? when Sen. Joseph McCarthy was finding Communists under every rug and film noir was at its zenith ? will particularly appreciate ?Red Herring,? a wildly eccentric comedy currently enjoying its Southern California premiere at the Laguna Playhouse. Michael Hollinger?s episodic epic, with its plethora of punch lines and sight gags, plays out beautifully on the playhouse?s wide-angle stage, where a two-level setting is required to handle all of the play?
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By By Elle Harrow and Terry Markowitz | March 17, 2006
Adam Halaby, known affectionately as Sam to his loyal coterie of regulars at the Farmers Market, wakes up at 3 a.m. to go fishing three days a week so that we can have his wonderful, fresh fish. Sam's father taught him to fish in Lebanon and Sam taught his son to fish in California. His boat is moored in San Pedro and he and a crew of seven fish the waters from San Diego to Catalina. "Fishing is a hard business and these days the cost of fuel has driven up the price of fish," he says.
NEWS
May 30, 2013
California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials cited two men for allegedly taking abalone off Moss Cove in Laguna Beach, according to the department's website. Juni Pong, a 47-year-old El Monte resident, and Kuan Yee, a 47-year-old Yorba Linda resident, were each cited on suspicion of possessing abalone and taking fish inside a Marine Protected Area, both possible misdemeanor violations, Fish and Wildlife said. Department spokesman Andrew Hughan was not able to confirm the date of the incident.
NEWS
February 17, 2011
Corbina is a tasty fish. Fillet it and cut it into strips, batter it and cook it in some oil and you got the best Mexican tacos ever. Sheeps Head is a tasty fish as well. Fillet this fish, add some butter, garlic and ground pepper and bake in the oven at 350 degrees. Tastes like lobster, only better. What do these two fish have in common? Yes, they are both white meat and no, you can't pick them up from the supermarket. You can get them from mother ocean right off Laguna Beach. Or shall I say "used to get them" from the ocean.
NEWS
August 6, 2004
ELISABETH BROWN I spent a few weeks in southern Alabama, definitely not a Mediterranean climate. Flying in, I noticed that the whole landscape was green. Well, it's not southern California, Toto. It rains there in the summer: great thunder and lightning storms that boom away for hours on end, and heavy downpours. The next day, amazingly, there's no sign of runoff. The air is hot and perpetually moist; Spanish Moss trails from the branches of old oaks near Mobile Bay. The forests are mixed pine and broadleaf trees, lush and green, with hanging vines that threaten to overwhelm it all. Everywhere there is pale green new growth.
LOCAL
By James Pribram | December 4, 2009
To fish or not to fish? Shelter the homeless or leave them out in the cold? Beach curfew or freedom? A sister city in France or just nonsense? To neuter sea lions or, OK, sorry, I’m sure you get the point of where I’m going here. The idea of neutering sea lions was the suggestion of one councilwoman — the same one who was quoted as saying that 80% of Laguna was behind a total fishing ban off Laguna Beach, only to admit later that she was incorrect in stating something of such magnitude.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 6, 2014
The Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn. has raised enough money to design and build a public memorial dedicated to two fallen police officers. Police Det. Larry Bammer, association president, announced at Tuesday's City Council meeting that the group had actually exceeded its fundraising goal. The association raised $60,000 — $15,000 more than its goal – to complement the city's $10,000 contribution toward a memorial not to exceed $70,000. The council unanimously approved the $10,000 expenditure along with competition guidelines.
NEWS
By CATHARINE COOPER | October 21, 2005
A sunrise walk along the Malecón delights the senses with shades of pink, the scents of cooking, and the hustle of fisherman heading to sea. Roosters crow, chickens scratch and men along the seawall, young and old, toss single fishing lines into the water, weighted by a small metal shard and a hook. Slowly, they drag the line back to shore, some with success, others with none. One young man has a pile of maybe 12 fish as I walk past. I wonder if this is his work for the day. Val Iverson Wilkerson, my lifelong friend and an old Laguna resident, has retired to Loreto with her husband Barry.
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By Bryce Alderton | February 6, 2014
The Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn. has raised enough money to design and build a public memorial dedicated to two fallen police officers. Police Det. Larry Bammer, association president, announced at Tuesday's City Council meeting that the group had actually exceeded its fundraising goal. The association raised $60,000 — $15,000 more than its goal – to complement the city's $10,000 contribution toward a memorial not to exceed $70,000. The council unanimously approved the $10,000 expenditure along with competition guidelines.
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By Bryce Alderton | July 26, 2013
A sea lion named Roscoe that Pacific Marine Mammal Center employees nursed back to health was seen off the Newport Beach coast and is making progress, the Laguna Beach-based center reported in a news release. Rescue teams spotted Roscoe, who was originally stranded in Newport Beach, and checked his body weight. He was one of four sea lions who had a satellite tag so mammal center staff could track his status in the ocean. "We were pleased to see Roscoe doing so well in the wild," executive director Keith Matassa said in the release.
NEWS
May 30, 2013
California Department of Fish and Wildlife officials cited two men for allegedly taking abalone off Moss Cove in Laguna Beach, according to the department's website. Juni Pong, a 47-year-old El Monte resident, and Kuan Yee, a 47-year-old Yorba Linda resident, were each cited on suspicion of possessing abalone and taking fish inside a Marine Protected Area, both possible misdemeanor violations, Fish and Wildlife said. Department spokesman Andrew Hughan was not able to confirm the date of the incident.
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By Barbara Diamond | May 15, 2012
A Riverside County man caught poaching lobsters in Laguna Beach was sentenced to jail May 5. The conviction of Marbel A. Para, 30, of Romoland was the first successful prosecution of a resource crime since the establishment of the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) off the Southern California coast went into effect on Jan. 1, according to the state Department of Fish and Game. “This diver intentionally took a huge overlimit of lobster with no regard for the current laws,” said DFG Assistant Chief Paul Hamdorf in a prepared statement.
NEWS
December 12, 2011
Spike's Fish House, a "fast-casual" eatery, has opened in Laguna Niguel. The restaurant, at 27020 Alicia Parkway No. D, serves a variety of fresh fish, beer and wine, according to a news release. Also, Spike's puts its fish on display and customers can see their meal being grilled from the open display kitchen. Some of Spike's popular fish choices include wild salmon, snapper, yellowtail, swordfish and mahi-mahi. "Spike's is a very simple concept: a great selection of fish that's simply grilled for every order.
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By Joanna Clay | October 6, 2011
From parking and light pollution to the Laguna goats and the fishing ban, every topic is fair game for "Lagunatics," the annual show that turns the city's events into song-and-dance skits. "The town has yet to fail coming up with goofy material," said Bree Burgess Rosen, who created the show that's now in its 19th year. Some of the numbers include tap-dancing goats in "It Had to Be Chewed" or the city's new electric charging stations in "A Chain of Fuel. " "We hit all the big topics in town," Burgess Rosen said.
NEWS
September 22, 2011
The California Department of Fish and Game announced Friday that the new start date for implementation of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Southern California will be Jan. 1. Laguna Beach waters are part of the Southern California coastal area, extending down to the Mexican border, that will be effected by the MPAs. Under the California Marine Life Protection Act, fishing will be banned or restricted in 49 marine protected areas to protect sea life and replenish depleted fish populations, according to a Los Angeles Times article.
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By David Hansen | July 14, 2011
When fishing as a boy, I used to stare at my jar of salmon eggs and marvel. I wondered how they could arrive so perfectly formed and opaque and inherently controversial — stripped from their host like corn off a cob. Years later as a reporter covering tribal fishing rights in the Pacific Northwest, I learned a lot more about salmon eggs, types of salmon, salmon hatcheries, salmon fillets, Copper River salmon (yes, they are worth the price)...
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | July 7, 2011
Most of Laguna's shoreline will be closed to anglers starting this fall. The Fish and Game Commission announced June 29 that implementation of the Marine Protected Areas, or MPAs, in Southern California will begin Oct. 1 under regulations adopted in December that ban fishing and, in some cases, prohibit taking plants, animals and other marine life, including shells, from certain coastal areas. "Commercial lobster fishermen will lose 30% to 40% of their income with the 7-mile closure of Laguna's coastline," said Councilman Kelly Boyd.
NEWS
February 17, 2011
Corbina is a tasty fish. Fillet it and cut it into strips, batter it and cook it in some oil and you got the best Mexican tacos ever. Sheeps Head is a tasty fish as well. Fillet this fish, add some butter, garlic and ground pepper and bake in the oven at 350 degrees. Tastes like lobster, only better. What do these two fish have in common? Yes, they are both white meat and no, you can't pick them up from the supermarket. You can get them from mother ocean right off Laguna Beach. Or shall I say "used to get them" from the ocean.
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