Malibu Lagoon Project Threatens the Tidewater Goby and Other Wildlife

NOTE: This is a guest blog post from Jennifer Estes, Program Manager for Sea Save Foundation.

The Malibu Lagoon, a pristine wetland at the base of Malibu Creek located just north of Los Angeles, California, is a lush ecosystem home to a variety of species of flora and fauna. However, years of urban sprawl and human interference have shrunk the size of the lagoon and threatened the well-being of the entire environment.

Two years ago the California Coastal Commission conditionally approved the proposal of the California Department of Parks and Recreation to restore the Malibu Lagoon. However, citizen activists have discovered many flaws and gaps in the official plan to restore the lagoon that will cost an estimated $8.5 million dollars. Such flaws include improper handling of wildlife and reliance on assumptions of outdated science, which can harm both the environment and public health. The City of Malibu, which unanimously voted against the project on April 9, 2012, has persistently lobbied the involved agencies for more answers. Now there is less than one week left before ground breaks on June 1.

The lagoon is home to the Tidewater Goby, a Federally listed endangered species. The behavioral pattern of the Goby is such that they retreat into mud burrows for shelter upon sensing any loud noise or other disturbance to their habitat. To make matters worse, nesting season begins in June, so thousands of eggs will be buried deep in the mud when the project begins. When the bulldozers roll on June 1, both the burrowed Fish and their buried eggs will be destroyed. Nowhere in the state parks’ plan is this issue addressed. In addition to the Goby, the planned project imperils at least one other endangered species and several threatened animals.

Please help save the Lagoon and the residents who thrive in this habitat. Encourage the State Parks to explore other less invasive alternatives by signing our petition.

Photo courtesy of Sea Save


Christine Stewart

If the Goby fish and other species will be destroyed by the project, they need to rethink the whole thing- otherwise, there will be a "pretty" lagoon, but devoid of its aquatic life...

Anita Wisch
Anita Wisch5 years ago

Whenever we get involved to fix something we caused, nature is the loser.

Linda Jarsky
Linda Jarsky5 years ago

If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men. ---St. Francis of Assisi

Isabel A.
Isabel Araujo5 years ago

Petition signed, thank you.

Marie W.
Marie W5 years ago

We have met the enemy and he is us.

Carole H.
Carole H5 years ago


Jen Matheson
Past Member 5 years ago

This is terrible.

Gianna Macias
Gianna Macias5 years ago

Why can't men stopping wasting nature.

Anna Ballinger
Anna Ballinger5 years ago

Thank you for sharing this.

Ruth S.
Ruth C5 years ago

Humans are the ones that are destroying the world!!