Now that it’s hit the Senate, we’re waiting for news on when the Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act will gain speed again. A contact in DC suggested that it might get some movement before the year is out, which would be great news! This would likely mean a markup in committee, but it does mean that the bill is still on policy makers’ radars. Given the momentous issues that Congress is tackling right now (think climate and health), it’s great to know that sea otters haven’t been forgotten. I imagine it’s like trying to find time to do laundry or dishes when your whole house is turned upside down because you’re moving. We just have to keep on it to make sure Congress doesn’t forget to do its laundry on this one.
We posted updated information about the bill on our webpage this week under our current projects. You can read about the bill and our official position on it there. We should have an action alert coming soon as well, so stay tuned.