CARPINTERIA — The Sportfishing Conservancy presented a $1,000 check to The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County on Dec. 15, helping the managing body of Carpinteria Salt Marsh near Santa Barbara continue its restoration efforts of an estuarine habitat near the Central California coast.
Funds were raised through the seventh annual No Motor Tournament, where local anglers dropped fishing lines off the Santa Barbara coastline while aboard human powered watercrafts such as kayaks, standup paddleboards and float tubs.
The No Motor Tournament implements best angling practices and catch-and-release protocols, organizers stated.
“Rather than ‘weighing in’ their catches, anglers strive to record the biggest cumulative total length of fish caught and measured in inches,” The Sportfishing Conservancy staff said in a release. “It’s a fun event where entire families participate and get to spend a great morning together out-of-doors. While competitive, the No Motor Tournament is more about getting together with like-minded sportsmen and enjoying a day on the water.”
Thousands of dollars have been raised through the No Motor Tournament in hopes of restoring the Carpinteria Salt Marsh as a nursery and rearing ground for fish, birds and native plants.
The No Motor Tournament also raises awareness of why the salt marsh is important to local fisheries and ocean health.
“The Carpinteria Salt Marsh and other estuaries like it provide important spawning areas and habitat for juvenile fish from halibut to leopard sharks and more,” The Sportfishing Conservancy staff stated.
Bruce Reitherman of The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County was presented with the check during a ceremony at Carpinteria Salt Marsh.
More information about restoration efforts at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh can be found at sblandtrust.org.