The Port of Los Angeles (POLA) with its sister, the Port of Long Beach, form one of the busiest ports in the world. The POLA's world-class reputation is based on a commitment to remaining on the cutting edge of port development and meeting the demands of the global community. However, this commitment also comes with an enormous responsibility to the environment. The Port of Los Angeles carefully considers the incorporation of environmental measures so that development is carried out in a responsible manner.
POLA implements environmental initiatives designed to improve and preserve precious natural resources. These are some of the projects that POLA has helped improve or maintain:
- POLA restored the Cabrillo Saltwater Marsh near the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. The Aquarium maintains this thriving 3.25-acre wetland for its marine education programs. The restoration and operation of the marsh provides valuable educational experiences for children and adults.
- POLA maintains, monitors, and protects 15 acres on Pier 400 for the nesting of the endangered California least tern, a native bird species. Reproductive success is evident with the number of nesting pairs and fledglings increasing yearly. For the last few years, the Port has had the second largest colony in the state, with more than 1,000 nests.
The Cabrillo Shallow Water Habitat is a 190-acre site located in the Outer Harbor. It provides a replacement habitat and feeding area for fish and marine birds. Despite its industrial context, the Outer Harbor area is a valuable marine resource, particularly for juvenile fish. Many of the 75 fish species found in the harbor are common along the West Coast, but they are more abundant within the harbor.
POLA proposes to build a new artificial reef outside its breakwater, using clean recycled concrete construction and demolition materials. The reef was designed with the California Department of Fish and Game, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the US Army Corps of Engineers, local commercial sport fishing interests, and others. The reef will create new bottom topography to provide habitat for a multitude of reef-dwelling kelp, reef fish, and other inhabitants.
For more information: http://www.portoflosangeles.org/environment/wildlife_habitat.asp