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Posted on September 17 at 8:50 a.m.
Interesting how when some cannot debate an issue they change subjects: Dolphins? The subject is sea otters, cousins of weasels, martins, wolverines,skunks, etc. While some think they are "cute" these animals can be very vicious, biting humans, drowning dogs, abusing their young, killing female otters and killing juvenile harbor seals. Go ahead, try to pet one sometime. EZ is correct: Sea otters and shellfish fisheries cannot coexist. This is the history from the San Mateo Coast to Santa Barbara. What comes next is carrying capacity and starvation. Is the best we can do? Or, as congress directed, we have zonal-management. The state has set aside much of the coast as MPAs. These will ultimately fail with marine mammals like Pt. Lobos.
On Santa Barbara and the Sea Otter
Posted on September 16 at 7:54 a.m.
EZ: Has it ever occurred to you and your fellow travelers that you choose to play God with animals? It is so easy to "choose" which animals are most important. It's like the book Animal Farm. All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.The "No-Otter Zone" was modeled after one established in Minnesota for Gray Wolves. It was the US Fish and Wildlife Service which created the No-Otter Zone. It was the USFWS who was advocating violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Not fishermen. Not the State of California. Then, USFWS decided which laws they must obey. Their choices have already cost Santa Barbara approximately $32,000,000. since 1998. That's okay with you?
Posted on September 15 at 10:42 p.m.
So, EZ, who came first? Well, the abalone about 20 million years ago. Sea otters 2 million years ago. Who came first? Appears the abalone.So, here is the issue: Some people only like animals with fur. Sea otters have fur, a blunt nose and brown eyes. They cuttle their young. However, as the author accurately points out, this is a wild animal with brutal mating habits. I found "end-of-lactating syndrome" very interesting.Sea otters a very much studied animal. well over 100 years. The issues are currently similar in Alaska, Washington state and California. We know what they can do to many shellfish populations. What you and your buddies need to decide is can we have both. Simple huh? Nope:Complex.
Posted on September 14 at 11:31 a.m.
Although fishermen were more accurate in predicting the outcome of this "experiment" it has been fishermen and the local community who have lost their jobs while the government agents, like Dr. Estes, kept theirs, received benefits and now retirement packages.Sea otters between Monterey and Morro Bay have been at carrying capacity for years, but, because this is a criteria for de-listing, government biologists have avoided the obvious. For example, sea stars are a sea otters least preferred food item. For decades, sea stars with their arms chewed off have been commonly observed along the sea otter dominated coast.Congress attempted to create a balance in 1986. FWS should obey this act.