Otter Freedom

Santa Barbara City Council members voted 6-1 this week to approve a final position on the controversial Southern Sea Otter Management Program. Following up on City Council discussion late last year, members decided to echo the recent assertion of the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that the no-otter zone and its associated – though no longer enforced – translocation program are a failure. The council also made special mention of our local commercial fishing fleet, urging the FWS to “afford protections” for them in case of accidental otter deaths. The resolution overturns the city’s 1999 resolution that pledged strong support for the no-otter zone.

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