Decades ago, I spent about a month looking for a job for much of the day and fishing from Goleta Pier during the late afternoon and evening. I caught and enjoyed some fine dinners, which I very much needed. Although my needs are well met these days, I often reflect on that time and find myself smiling over those afternoons and evenings at the pier.
As good as it is now, Goleta Pier is about to become even better thanks to the efforts of the Santa Barbara County Parks and a wonderful organization called United Pier and Shore Anglers of California. What follows is their combined news release about a new angler center and pier host at Goleta Beach Park.
“Goleta Pier, the 1,450-foot-long recreational pier and centerpiece attraction of Santa Barbara County’s most popular park, Goleta Beach County Park, will see the dedication of the new Goleta Pier Angler Center.
The center is a unique partnership between Santa Barbara County Parks and United Pier and Shore Anglers of California and is designed to provide a community multipurpose marine center for a variety of educational activities. 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 systems.
The pier host will:
» Teach new and experienced anglers (especially children, families and at-risk teens) to fish successfully and responsibly, using environmentally friendly techniques and equipment.
» Sponsor angling clinics and provision of on-pier assistance and loaner poles for use by community groups and other privately organized outings.
» Oversee the UPSAC Line Recycle Project and line bins designed to prevent injury to sea birds from stray fishing line as part of its ongoing efforts to mitigate angler impacts.
» Be responsible for daily pier cleaning, discarded tackle removal and assistance with injured birds and other marine wildlife problems. A list of emergency numbers and after hours contacts will be posted on the exterior wall.
» Be an on-site resource for both California Fish and Game and NOAA publications. Included will be fishery regulation booklets, fish identification charts, and pamphlets showing safe catch-and-release practices and how to safely handle birds.
The overall goal of the angler center is to make the Goleta Pier a welcoming and safe place for all visitors — and an example of best practices for other piers.”
For information, call Ken Jones at 209.327.6254 or pier host Boyd Grant at 805.637.6708. Click here for more information from the Goleta Pier Web site.