Category Archives: Fisheries Conflicts

The Otter Project Announces Opposition to Lawsuit Threatening Sea Otter Recovery.

THE OTTER PROJECT, ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENSE CENTER AND LOS ANGELES WATERKEEPER ANNOUNCE MOVE TO DEFEND U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE DECISION TO END “NO OTTER ZONE” FROM LEGAL CHALLENGE FILED BY COMMERCIAL FISHING GROUPS Three groups, including the Environmental Defense Center … Continue reading

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Fisheries exemptions included in 2013 House National Defense Authorization Act

On May 17th, Rep. Gallegly made a floor statement for his amendment, formerly House Bill HR 4043, to the 2013 House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to establish “Military Readiness Areas” and provide unprecedented protections for all commercial fishery interests … Continue reading

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Otters remain in harm’s way of H.R. 4043 – Bill hearing before Full Natural Resource Committee

Last week, southern sea otter conservation dodged a bullet as House Bill H.R. 4043 was not included as an amendment to H.R. 4310 – National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 in the Armed Services Committee Hearing. This is … Continue reading

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House Subcommittee Hearing on H.R. 4043 hits the Target

House Bill H.R. 4043 had its day before the House Natural Resource Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs on April 19th.  The witnesses before the committee to provide testimony were: Donald Schregardus, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy … Continue reading

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Otters on the move

In the past few months you may have heard or read about rare sea otter sightings off San Diego and Laguna Beach. It has been decades since sea otters were seen off the coast of southern California and we are … Continue reading

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Fish and Wildlife Service to Reopen Comment Period on Proposal to End Southern Sea Otter Translocation Program

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced on October 28 that they are reopening the comment period on their proposal to end the Southern Sea Otter Translocation Program which will also remove the “No-Otter” Zone. The Service is responding to … Continue reading

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USFWS Public Hearing Update – Santa Barbara & Santa Cruz

On October 4th and 6th, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducted their second and third public hearings on the “No-Otter” Zone in Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz respectively. The good news for sea otters and their supporters is that … Continue reading

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