Good News for Sea Otter Conservation in Southern California
The Aquarium applauds this week’s decision by a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by fishing groups wanting to reinstate the controversial “no-otter” zone in waters off southern California.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established the “no-otter” zone in 1987 as part of a larger sea otter translocation program, but the program ended in 2012 after it was deemed a failure. In 2013, fishing groups sued the Fish and Wildlife Service for ending the program. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit on Monday, but the fishing groups have 21 days to amend their lawsuit.
Under the translocation program, the Fish and Wildlife Service hoped to establish a colony of sea otters at San Nicolas Island off Santa Barbara and was required to relocate any sea otters found south of Point Conception. Wildlife officials determined that the “no-otter” zone prohibited sea otters from being able to naturally expand their range into areas and habitats where they had historically been present. Scientists believe such expansion is necessary for recovery of the southern sea otter, a threatened species.
Before they were hunted to the brink of extinction during the fur trade of the 18th and 19th centuries, it is estimated that more than 16,000 southern sea otters inhabited the west coast. Today’s population hovers below 3,000, and extends from just south of Half Moon Bay to south of Point Conception.
Sea otters play a critical role in ocean health, helping keep nearshore ecosystems in balance by eating sea urchins and other invertebrates that graze on giant kelp. If left unchecked, these grazing animals can destroy kelp forests and leave barren zones in their wake. Recent research from Elkhorn Slough has shown that an increased presence of sea otters directly contributes to recovery and expansion of eelgrass beds, which serve as nurseries for numerous species and as important filters of carbon and contaminants in estuary waters.
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Brutish and unhelpful in both human and dog-related fields (because I have new followers and haven’t posted him in a fair while).
Here’s a good reason to put down your phone
A new initiative from the UNICEF Tap Project donates a day’s worth of clean water for every 10 minutes you don’t touch your phone.
Madagascar’s 101 lemur species are “the most threatened mammal group on Earth,” according to a new policy paper published last week in Science. The famous primates have suffered over the past five years, since the start of the country’s political crisis and resulting wave of violent unrest and environmental crime.
“Since the 2009 political crisis the situation on the ground has been grim for the Malagasy people, but also for the lemurs, especially in terms of habitat loss,” co-author Mitch Irwin of Northern Illinois University said in a press release. “If things don’t turn around, lemur extinctions will start happening.” The 19 authors of the Science paper warn that 90 of the 101 known lemur species on the island nation are threatened with extinction, including 22 that are critically endangered. One species, the northern sportive lemur (Lepilemur septentrionalis), is down to its last 18 individuals.
Photo by Sterling Zumbrunn for Conservation International
If you’d like to help please spread the word or donate anything you can. Captain is in need of special medicated baths to treat the mange he had since he he was dropped at the shelter. He’ll also need some very special classes to curb his fear and trust issues so he no longer reacts in a guarding or threatening way if he’s nervous. The rescue has so many dogs, I’d like to help ease their financial burden if possible. Anything raised that exceeds what he needs will go directly to them. Thank you! 🐾💖
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We’ve raised a bit more thanks to all hour help! We still have a long way to go, though.
You all are amazing! So far $250 has been raised for Captain! This means he gets his medicated baths, post bath shampoo, and eye meds! $200 more gets him 3 of his classes!! You all are such wonderful people.
Thank you all again. We are getting close to the goal. Please share if you can!
I DONATED! JUST A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY!
Thank you so much!!
You are all so amazing.
Happy to report that thanks to your generosity and support captain will start his first set of classes on Thursday! We still have more to go before we have the money for his breed specific classes, but we are well on our way!
Let’s get this circulating again?!
This time, for those who don’t feel comfortable donating money. Now there is the option to donate much needed items to Captain and his future foster sibling(s). HERE: https://www.amazon.com/registry/wishlist/39IYZI8XTVOT6/ref=cm_sw_r_ip_wl_f3actb12ESSA2
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