Category Archives: Sea otter press

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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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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A Foggy Situation – Weather Thwarts Annual Survey Of Threatened Sea Otter

On September 23, the US Geological Survey (USGS) announced that unfavorable weather conditions prevented their annual California sea otter population survey[1]. For the first time in more than two decades, inclement weather prevented researchers from collecting aerial observation data used … Continue reading

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US Fish and Wildlife Service opens Public Comment Period to End No Otter Zone

On Friday, August 26, 2011, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) opened the 60 day public comment period on their proposal to end the 24-year-old southern sea otter translocation program and to abolish the otter management zone. This is … Continue reading

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Not so cute and cuddly?

Interesting article in a Japanese newspaper this week about an urchin fishery in Hokkaido and their local sea otter population.  Sea otters love urchin which makes them unpopular guests in those waters.  Having similar issues here on the central coast of CA, … Continue reading

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The no otter zone gets national attention

If you haven’t seen it already, the no otter zone got wide popular attention in the news this weekend. Although I cringed when I read the title “Hungry sea otters move into fishermen’s territory“, I found the rest of the … Continue reading

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What IS killing all those otters? And what can we do about it?

These were the questions we got asked A LOT in the last few weeks since sea otters hit the press. Good, but very complicated questions. Our response was published today in the Monterey Weekly opinion section, in a catagory aptly … Continue reading

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