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Help end the "No-Otter" Zone in Southern California

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Help end the "No-Otter" Zone in Southern California

Post  Guest on Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:25 pm


Since 1987, a "No-Otter" Zone has existed in Southern California extending from Santa Barbara in the north, to the Mexico border in the south.

This artificial zone, brought about due to pressure from fishing and oil industry interests, has sought to inhibit the natural range expansion of the southern sea otter into Southern California.

Part of this "management" process has been to translocate (i.e. move) otters within this zone to either north of the Point Conception boundary, or to a colony of sea otters created on San Nicolas Island.

To put it mildly, this experiment has been a total failure. (google "no-otter zone" for more info).

Due to the results of a joint legal effort undertaken by The Otter Project and the Environmental Defense Center in 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has opened a period of public comment about the "No-Otter" Zone that will end on the 24th October 11:59pm EST.

During this period, we need concerned citizens such as yourself to publicly support the termination of the "No-Otter" Zone and the reinstatement of full protection for southern sea otters under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

How can I help?
For an overview of the ways that you can get involved, visit freetheotters[dot]org.

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