Beaches with the fewest closures and advisories in the county included Zuma, Malibu Point, Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach and Venice Beach.
The report, ``Testing the Waters: A Guide to Water Quality at Vacation Beaches,'' found that there were 19 percent more beach closures and advisories nationwide in 2001, jumping from 11,270 to 13,410.
The nation saw nearly twice as many beach closings and advisories last year than in 1999, up from 6,160 to 11,270.
California led the nation in closings and advisories, with 5,780 in 2000, compared with 3,547 in 1999, with most due to elevated bacteria of undetermined cause.
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