Author Archives: Allison

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.

Overfishing, climate change and superhero sea otters

They’re cute, they eat sea urchin, and NOW they can save us against climate change.  Are sea otters the superhero of the marine mammal world, or what? In case you needed another reminder of why sea otters are awesome…they could … Continue reading

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Sea otters where are you?

“I’ve got a groomer,” Michelle calls out. I look over the top of my binoculars to see which direction she’s pointing, and try to focus in the same way. Nothing but kelp, a few cormorants, and the dizzying rolling of … Continue reading

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Federal Judge finds government must take action

You may have already heard our news that a Federal Judge ruled in favor of sea otters last week in our lawsuit to end the no otter zone.  As we noted in an earlier post, the government’s response to our … Continue reading

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Volunteer training coming up!

Looking for an excuse to spend time on the coast this summer? The Otter Project & Monterey Coastkeeper are recruiting volunteers for MPA Watch! MPA Watch is a new program coordinated by The Otter Project and Monterey Coastkeeper and is … Continue reading

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It probably sounds exciting to save sea otters for a living–and it can be. But let’s be honest. Most days are spent at my desk. It’s one of the hazards of being a policy wonk–even if you’re a policy wonk … Continue reading

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Otter Walk 2010

  I was at the grocery store the other day, and posted at the register was a big sign with balloons and flowers suggesting I think of the administrative professional in my life on administrative professional day. A wave of … Continue reading

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Ocean inspiration

Last week the Fish and Game Commission met in Monterey. The Otter Project & Monterey Coastkeeper staff spent the better part of two days in the ballroom of the Beach Resort in Monterey (which sounds more glamorous than it actually is), speaking … Continue reading

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Otter Starz: Featuring Mark Lolik of Monterey Bay Photos

When news of the struggling otter population hits, we get a lot of questions like, “what can people do?” What an opportunity! Unfortunately, it’s a complicated question. The issues that face otters are big. But like all big issues, they … Continue reading

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Clarification on sea otter status

People all over the country are talking about sea otters, thanks to the press coverage of our annual sea otter status report! We’ve gotten all sorts of expressions of concern and support for the sea otter, for which we are … Continue reading

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Otters need protection–government says “don’t hafta”

I attended the first hearing for our lawsuit against the US Fish and Wildlife Service last week in San Jose. Unfortunately no decisions have been made yet, so I don’t have a lot to report regarding the case. I can … Continue reading

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