Center for Biological Diversity planning to sue government over black abalone

The Center for Biological Diversity issued a Notice of Intent to file suit against the federal government for failing to establish critical habitat for black abalone, which is listed as an endangered species.

The black abalone was listed in January of 2009 in response to a petition filed by the CBD. The government has one year within listing to determine critical habitat.

Although otters prey on abalone, they don’t seem to pose any real threat to the population. In spite of this, those who wish to curtail the sea otters inevitable range expansion like to pit otters against abalones. In reality, withering foot syndrome is the current largest threat to the population–although overfishing initially drove the population into decline.

The CBD cites warming temperatures from climate change and ocean acidification as serious concerns that could exacerbate existing problems for black abalone. Staff attorney Catherine Kilduff noted that otters don’t seem to rank highly as a threat.

For more information, you can read the CBD’s press release or visit their black abalone page.

Also, check out my 2009 op ed on the fictitious otter/abalone show down: Otters or abalones? It’s a false choice.

About Allison

I am the new Executive Director of The Otter Project in Monterey, California! Originally from the Bay Area, I went to school in San Diego, and came back north to Monterey for graduate school, where I found my calling: saving sea otters! Working for The Otter Project combines my passion for environmental policy with my love of animals. When not advocating for sea otters, I enjoy yoga, volunteer wildlife rehab, reading, and spending time with my cat Alyssa, who, for the record, I did not name. I have been with The Otter Project since November of 2007.
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