2.3.5 Surfer's Point
Figure 2-4 shows the biological resources in the vicinity of the Oil Piers beach
placement site. The intertidal substrate at Surfer's Point consists of cobble and small
The shallow subtidal substrate off Surfer's Point consists of cobble and small rocks with
intermittent areas of sand. The rocks are between 3 inches and 2 ft. high. The rocks
support a sparse growth of red algae and the opportunistic brown alga, Desmerestia
The Ventura River mouth is located about 700 ft. upcoast from the Surfer's Point sand
placement site. The Ventura River mouth has been designated an ESH in the City of
San BuenaVentura Local Coastal Plan (1984). The Ventura River mouth is normally
subject to tidal influence but a beach berm forms during periods of low flow.
Approximately 110 acres of tidal wetlands are found at the Ventura River mouth.
Monthly bird surveys between 1991 and 1992 identified 233 species of birds in the
Ventura River estuary (Hunt and Lehman 1992). Sensitive fishes collected in the
estuary include tidewater goby, southern steelhead and arroyo chub (Gila orcuttii ) , a
federal Species of Concern and California Species of Special Concern .
188.8.131.52 Sensitive Species
San BuenaVentura Beach, about 500 ft. east of the Surfer's Point sand placement site,
has been designated Critical Habitat for wintering western snowy plovers, a federal
threatened species (Miller 1999). The nearest snowy plover breeding area is several
miles to the south at McGrath State Beach. The federal and state endangered
California brown pelican commonly feeds in nearshore waters off Surfer's Point as do
several bird species (common loon, double-crested cormorant, California gull, elegant
tern) that are California Species of Special Concern.
The Ventura River estuary supports the federal threatened tidewater goby (proposed for
delisting) and the federal endangered southern steelhead. Steelhead trout are
observed in the Ventura River in most years (NMFS 2000). The Ventura River mouth is
also considered to support a relatively large population of tidewater goby (CDFG 2000).
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