What is the UPSAC proposal?
United Pier and Shore Anglers of California is requesting a decommissioning
of the existing mid-pier bathroom at Goleta Beach County Park. We
are proposing in its place a community multi-purpose marine center.
Acquiring this location would allow for the completion of UPSAC's Model
Pier Demonstration Project which was initiated at Goleta last summer.
Our preference would be for an annual renewable contract in exchange for
a minimum of 2 hours daily pier cleanup by UPSAC staff.
1. What type of modifications does the existing building
require to be usable?
Removal of existing fiberglass holding tanks.
Replacement of the current fiberglass paneled roof with a solid wood
or metal cover.
A 3 x 6 foot framed opening between the two doors secured with a
swing down reinforced wood or metal shutter
A 2' x 6' wood counter.
Keyed locks and dead bolts for all openings.
Interior paneling and flooring (if existing metal flooring doesn't extend
to back wall)
120 volt service and several wall outlets.
Interior and exterior (under eaves) security lighting.
2. Who will maintain the building?
Minor upkeep, painting and repairs will be done by UPSAC with
the County maintaining overall responsibility.
3. How will the building be secured to prevent vandalism
UPSAC will provide an electronic security system as well as
storing all equipment in metal lockers secured to the wall and floor.
All openings will be secured by lockable dead bolts.
4. What exactly does UPSAC plan to do in the space?
a. Angler education and support:
Stock and distribute the annual California Dept. of Fish and Game (DFG)
Sportfishing Regulations booklets.
Stock and place DFG fish 'rulers' (guides to legal size limits) at
multiple locations on the pier.
Provide fish identification service and official weigh-in and certification
Create and distribute (free) pier maps showing the various species and
their locations as well as selected angling tips.
Angling clinics emphasizing pier etiquette and ethical angling practices.
Provide an external, wall mounted time, tide and temperature display.
b. Angler impact mitigation:
Promote the use of existing environmentally sensitive fishing tackle and
gear (e.g. circle hooks, non lead weights etc.) and partner
with tackle manufactures as a test bed for newly developed products.
Establish an active Do Not Feed Wildlife campaign including additional
signage, posters, handouts and personal contact to reduce the number
of birds attracted to the pier. By controlling food sources there
will be fewer birds on the pier and thus fewer accidental snaggings.
Remove discarded fishing line, hooks, sinkers and unused bait from the
topside of the pier on a daily basis.
Sponsor annual underwater cleanups by local dive clubs.
Provide courtesy bait boards (to protect railings and benches) and
bait rags (to hide bait from birds).
Maintain existing monofilament recycling baskets on pier and provide replacements
c. Community outreach:
Seek grants and other funding for additional educational and environmental
displays on the pier similar to Ventura's Pier
Into the Future project.
Mount and maintain a Community Bulletin Board/Calendar on the outside of
the building announcing fishing clinics, walking tours, bird watching
events and other items of interest to pier visitors.
Maintain the current Goleta Pier web
site (http://pierhead.freeservers.com) and update it with links
to all environmental and special interest groups having projects
relating to Goleta Pier and Slough.
Liaison with UCSB's Marine Sciences Department and other community groups
to develop and host joint projects and educational presentations.
Work with local teachers and environmental groups to develop and
host specialized educational presentations at the pier for students after
school and during the summer.
Provide sponsorship for the fishing clubs in local schools.
d. Pier maintenance and security:
The UPSAC staffer at the Center will be identified as a Pier Host similar
to the camp host position within the State and County Park system.
The intent is to monitor and mentor transactions at the pier to insure
a safe, pleasant, and hopefully educational experience.
The Host will also be responsible for the daily pier cleaning,
discarded tackle removal and assisting with injured birds and other marine
wildlife problems. A list of emergency numbers and after hours contacts
will be posted on the exterior wall.
The Center would become the central point of contact for all visitors
to the pier ... a place where the general public and anglers in particular
could learn more about the local marine environment and the necessity
of and techniques for minimizing our impact.
5. When will the Center open and what will be the hours?
Anticipated opening will be Spring 2008. During the school year
the building will be staffed on weekends, holidays and during scheduled
events only. From June through September the building will
be open six days per week (closed Thursdays). The hours will be 10am
- 5pm. The current Pier Host will staff it initially until
there are trained backups.
Project director - Ken Jones email@example.com (209
Project administrator - Boyd Grant (Pier Host - Goleta)
firstname.lastname@example.org (805 637-6708)
Associated web sites:
UPSAC Grants and Projects:
Milton Love, Research
Biologist, Marine Science Institute, University of California, Santa
Barbara Email: email@example.com
Edgar W. Roberts III, Associate Marine Biologist, Recreational Fisheries
California Department of Fish and Game Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carolyn (Carrie) Culver, Santa Barbara/Ventura County Advisor
Sea Grant Extension Program Email: email@example.com
Marty Golden, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Pacific
Coast Recreational Fisheries Coordinator Emal: Marty.Golden@noaa.gov