Another Federal Failure? Federal Sea Otter Relocation Off California Coast Ends in Failure

What types of impact will freely roaming otters have on California’s fishing trade?

  The fishing industry is likely to be adversely affected as the sea otters continue to expand their habitat along the Southern California coast. The Los Angeles Times reports that the animals, which consume shellfish, are likely to hunt in the “waters reserved for fishermen.” During the translocation program, shellfish south of Point Conception was protected from the otters. Most heavily impacted are fishing industries specializing in harvesting shellfish stocks and sea urchins.


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