Category Archives: Programs of The Otter Project

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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The ‘No-Otter Zone’ is no more

FWS terminates southern sea otter translocation program, fulfills 2009 legal settlement with The Otter Project and Environmental Defense Center. Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) published a final rule officially ending the ‘no-otter zone’ encompassing nearly all of … Continue reading

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Sea Otters Sue State Water Resources Control Board

Lawsuit alleges delay of Agricultural Regulations is Illegal (Monterey) 11/30/12, The Otter Project together with Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, San Luis Obispo Coastkeeper, and California Sportfishing Protection Alliance, sued the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) for delaying regulations meant to … Continue reading

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What role do sea otters play in combatting Climate Change?

Yes, you read that right. Climate Change. Last week, I read about a new study by two UC Santa Cruz researchers that suggests that sea otters undoubtedly influence the carbon cycle, CO2 storage, by limiting sea urchin populations which allows … Continue reading

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Good news! Annual Sea Otter Count for 2012 is up

Monterey, CA –The U.S. Geological Survey’s Western Ecological Research Center (USGS-WERC) released their annual sea otter survey count for 2012 this week and the news is good.  The results were presented with cautious optimism since “the southern sea otter population … Continue reading

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Central Coast Monitoring Program the Most Successful in the State

MONTEREY, CA – On July 4th, 2012, a milestone of 2000 surveys monitoring California’s Marine Protected Areas (MPA) was reached by volunteers with The Otter Project’s Central Coast MPA Watch program. Starting in March 2011, MPA Watch was launched in … Continue reading

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CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION GIVES GREEN LIGHT TO END THE ‘NO-OTTER’ ZONE

June 15, 2012 California Coastal Commission finds that proposed termination of southern sea otter translocation program is consistent with California Coastal Act               Huntington Beach, CA—By unanimous vote, the California Coastal Commission yesterday confirmed … Continue reading

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World Oceans Day – Celebrating our Underwater State Parks

It’s easy to forget that meaningful change often happens in increments. Sometimes years go by until it becomes apparent that a fundamental change has occurred. On the eve of World Oceans Day, The Otter Project would like to recognize one … 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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The Otter Project took on Big-Ag, and guess what…We Won!

By Steve Shimek After three years of delays, the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board passed first-of-its-kind regulation of agricultural pollution.  The Otter Project led a broad coalition of conservation, environmental justice and water policy groups to the huge … Continue reading

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