Sea otters are known as the “protector of the kelp beds!” As a keystone species, sea otters play a critical role in maintaining the structure of nearshore marine ecosystems by protecting kelp forests from rising sea urchin populations. Sea otters are a predator of sea urchins and keep their population in balance. In fact, studies show that kelp forests with higher rates of sea otters present can absorb up to 12 times more CO2 from the atmosphere than if they were just left to the urchins. And because kelp is one of the most effective sequesters of carbon dioxide, more kelp means a healthier planet!!
Alaskan lawmakers are attempting to remove Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) protections for sea otters in Southeast Alaska - allowing for more otters to be killed. FSO will continue to monitor this concerning issue and fight to ensure all vulnerable populations retain critical federal protections. Read the full article to learn more.
Calling all Californians!! There is just about one month left to file your taxes, which means there is just about one month left to raise as much money for sea otter conservation as possible!! When it comes time to file, please consider donating a portion of your return to the California Sea Otter Tax Fund. All funds received support conservation, research, and education for one of Cali’s most important keystone species!
Happy #WorldWildlifeDay!!! After this week’s court ruling saying no to the no-otter zone, there is so much to celebrate! But there is so much to remain concerned about as well. Between attacks on the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act/Marine Mammal Commission, climate change, and ocean pollution, sea otters and other threatened marine wildlife remain incredibly vulnerable. Donate to FSO today to support our critical work to protect this amazing keystone species!! Go to www.seaotters.org to donate today!
Thanks for all you do to protect wildlife!!!
“The Court’s decision confirms that the Fish and Wildlife Service made the right decision to let sea otters expand their range naturally, without artificial barriers. If this species is to recover, wider distribution throughout the historic sea otter range is essential,” said Friends of the Sea Otter Board Chair Jennifer Covert. “It is gratifying the fight we have been involved for approximately two decades to end the no otter zone has now been confirmed by the courts.”
Click the following link to read the full press release prepared by Earthjustice, Friends of the Sea Otter, Defenders of Wildlife, The Humane Society of the United States and Center for Biological Diversity!
Great news!! The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (FWS) 2012 decision to end the no-otter zone! This decision affirmed two lower court rulings (in 2015 and 2017) that also upheld the FWS decision.
Permanent termination of the no-otter zone is critical to sea otter range expansion along the southern California coast. FSO has been fighting for the permanent termination of the no-otter zone for years and we are thrilled with the Ninth Circuit's decision!
THANK YOU for supporting FSO's work to ensure the permanent termination of the no-otter zone!!
#sundayfunday! Sea otters are so adorable that sometimes it is easy to forget that the southern (California) sea otter is still on the Endangered Species list with a long road ahead to full recovery. There are only about 3,000 southern sea otters today, compared to the estimated 16,000 sea otters that existed in the area prior to the fur trade. Check out Sea Otter Savvy’s fun new music video to learn more about the history of the southern sea otter and how you can help protect them! Go to www.seaottersavvy.org for more info.
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BLUE: This film charts the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the increasing industrialization of our seas, we face challenges and opportunities for positive change that the film sets ou. Filmed on location in Australia, Hawaii, the South Pacific, the Philippines and Indonesia, this film changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires us to action.
More information at: https://bluethefilm.org
Our friends at Sea Otter Savvy teamed up with Wild Lens' Eyes on Conservation program to create this otterly awesome music video! The purpose of this video is to educate people about sea otters, with a specific message of how to interact with them in a respectful and safe manner. This music video is appropriate for all ages! Sing your heart out and learn to understand and appreciate sea otters. Let’s love them and give them space as they float!