El Pescador Beach
By: Kylie Lesko
Last weekend I visited El Pescador Beach in Northern Malibu. A dirt trail and stairs provide access to the beach from PCH. There is a small parking lot and parking is also available on PCH. The stairs leading to the sand are becoming worn down over time from the weather, tide, and foot traffic over time. El Pescador is one of my favorite beaches that I have been visiting regularly for years. As time goes by I have noticed the sea level continue to rise higher as I notice the visible sand decreasing. There are properties on the beach that are getting closer and closer to the sea. A lot of houses have staircases down to the beach which are getting closer and closer to the waves. Because of the location of these properties, when visiting the beach it is easy to think about climate change and sea level rise. This is a small beach with rocks on both sides separating it from the other beaches. These rocks are full of crabs, sea enememes, and sea shells. I also saw three dolphins in the water swimming together. When visiting El Pescador this most recent time I focused on observing it through an environmental lens. Because it is the end of summer and the beaches have high traffic this time of year, I noticed a lot of trash on the sand. There were a lot of beer can/bottles, food/snack wrappers, plastic bottles, cigarette butts, etc. My friends and I pick up trash whenever we go to the beach so we tried to pick up as much as we could. I think more beach cleanups are necessary during the summer months when the beaches are so busy. This is one of my favorite beaches because it does not get as busy as the other beaches on PCH. It is a peaceful and makes it easy to focus on the nature surrounding you because there are not as many people there. El Pescador is a great beach to relax at if you want to avoid the crowds and focus on the scenery surrounding you.