The first “No-Otter” Zone public hearing was held at the Channel Islands National Park Auditorium on Tuesday September 27 and representatives from both The Otter Project and the Environmental Defense Centerwere in attendance.
Approximately 30-40 people made it out to the meeting, with representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) providing a platform for various members of the community to speak on the “No-Otter” Zone issue. As expected, members of the local commercial fishing community showed up to voice their opposition to the removal of the zone.
The Good News
Some passionate speakers made their way to the microphone to give their support to preferred alternative 3c, that would see the removal of the “No-Otter” Zone in California and instating protection for otters between Point Conception and the Mexico Border under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
The Bad News
We need more support from concerned citizens at the public hearings! If the Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara meetings are to be successful in sending a strong message to the USFWS, we simply need more people to show up and make their voices heard.
How YOU can help
Going into the Santa Barbara hearing on October 4 and the Santa Cruz hearing on Oct 6, we need the following commitment from you:
1. Attend the public hearing and bring at least 2 supporters with you.
2. Speak in favor of preferred alternative 3c at the meeting. For those nervous about public speaking – have no fear – written comments can be submitted at the hearing and will be give the same weighting as the comments from those who choose to speak.
Visit our Get Involved page to see how you can help bring an end to the “No-Otter” Zone in California.
Add these dates to your calendar…
Tuesday, October 4th
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol
Santa Barbara CA 93105
Thursday, October 6th
La Feliz Room
Seymour Marine Discovery Center Long Marine Lab
100 Shaffer Rd
Santa Cruz CA 95060