Tag Archives: sea otters

Government Releases Spring 2013 Sea Otter Survey – Good News for Our Otters!

Today the US Geological Survey released the Spring 2013 sea otter count, and it’s good news, the California sea otter population has continued to grow for the second consecutive year. Teams of scientists counted 2899 otters and pups, this is … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Otters Win! Seismic testing near Diablo Canyon defeated.

Late yesterday (11/14) the California Coastal Commission denied PG&E’s application to conduct high-energy seismic testing within Estero Bay and in the heart of the sea otter’s range. PG&E said the testing was needed to assess the potential magnitude of an … Continue reading

Posted in California | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in California, climate change, conservation, Global Warming, Habitat, Outreach and Awareness, Research | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in California, conservation, Sea otter press, Sea Otter Status | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment


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

Posted in California, conservation, Mini-controversies, No Otter Zone, Programs of The Otter Project | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in conservation, Fisheries Conflicts, legislation, Mini-controversies, No Otter Zone | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in conservation, Fisheries Conflicts, Mini-controversies, No Otter Zone, Outreach and Awareness | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment