The opposition is gearing up for a fight against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s proposed rule to end the failed “No-Otter” Zone.
YOU can lend your voice to sea otters in support of returning them to their historical range and restoring the natural ecological balance to southern California’s nearshore coastal environment. The long term benefits of sea otters reclaiming their southern California habitat far outweigh the associated costs to the fishing industry.
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The otters can’t speak for themselves and that’s why we need you to be their voice! For more information visit http://freetheotters.org
We, the Undersigned, are greatly concerned about the future of the California southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis).
As a keystone species currently on the endangered species list, we do not support any regulatory measures that perpetuate the out-dated and failed "No-Otter" Zone policy (Public Law 99-625).
As concerned citizens, we support the following key issues:
1. We advocate for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s preferred alternative (Alternative 3C) to terminate the "No-Otter" Zone off the southern California coast, allowing otters to reclaim their natural range from Point Conception to the Mexico border.
2. We support allowing sea otters currently existing in the "No-Otter" Zone, including the population existing on San Nicholas Island, to remain in the former management zones, and regain full protection under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
3. We encourage the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize their proposed determination to remove regulations that govern the southern sea otter translocation program, including the establishment of an experimental population of southern sea otters and all associated management actions.
Thank you for your time and consideration on this issue.