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For you of little faith…

May 27, 2014

If you think you saw something that was NOT a carp jumping in Malibu Lagoon on Sunday’s SMBAS birds+ walk… KPCC just broadcast a piece featuring Suzanne Goode about the health of the reconfigured lagoon,…and stating that steelhead (a salmonid native fish) has been spotted in Malibu Lagoon! Welcome back fish! Welcome back lagoon!

Comment added 6/6/14
According to an article in the Malibu Patch, “An adult steelhead trout, approximately 20 inches in length, was discovered on May 15 during post-construction fish monitoring by the Resource Conservation District-Santa Monica Mountains, California State Parks and The Bay Foundation.”  ON 6/6/14 I received an email from Mark Abramson: “The jumpers are almost always striped mullet. However Rosi and her fish team saw a 20-inch steelhead in the back of the channel when they were there doing fish surveys.”

So it seems that the fish we saw jumping on May 25 were actually Striped Mullet, and not the steelhead.
Link to slide show of jumping Striped Mullet on EcoMalibu.
Links: KPCCKCET, Malibu Patch (has picture of the steelhead)
[Chuck Almdale]

LucienP, Conservation Chair

  1. May 28, 2014 3:25 pm

    I don’t know that the comments are available in a podcast on line. This was a local news tag-on to the 7PM NPR news. There was a narrator’s statement that a steelhead had been found in the Lagoon, then there were three comments by Suzanne as to the health of the Lagoon being better than what the pessimists had predicted.


  2. Mary Prismon permalink
    May 28, 2014 12:47 pm

    I am a believer, but I suspect the jumping fish this time are still the mullets of old.😏
    Someone needs to get a descriptive photo. Mary


  3. Aurelio Albaisa permalink
    May 28, 2014 9:53 am

    So, how do I get to see S Goode’s comments? All I got were IBM and Capt Crunch commercials!


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