Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Sea otter. (Photo Credit: Friends of the Sea Otter)

Fishing industry groups challenge the ‘no-otter’ zone ban

Click on the flag for more information about United States UNITED STATES
Wednesday, August 07, 2013, 03:50 (GMT + 9)

Conservationist groups back up the US Fish and Wildlife decision to abolish the ‘no-otter’ zone in the south of California but the move has been met with annoyance by some fishing industry groups which have recently filed a lawsuit for the alleged 'illegal termination' of the programme.  

Jim Curland, advocacy programme director for Friends of the Sea Otter told Los Angeles Times that "The problem is that the shellfish industry flourished after sea otters were all but wiped out by the fur trade. Now, if the fishermen's lawsuit were to prevail, our concern is that harm, injury and even death to sea otters would follow."

The environmentalists celebrated the decision which encourages the sea otter back to its natural environment.

The Congress established the ‘otter-free-zone’ in 1986 as part of a campaign by federal wildlife authorities to relocate 140 sea otters from Monterey Bay to San Nicolas Island, around 60 miles (96.5 km) off the coast of Ventura County. Environmentalists contest that this policy did not encourage sea otter recovery.

Back then, federal and state marine biologists supported the programme as they said the otters could be in danger of becoming extinct if their breeding grounds became contaminated with an oil spill or were hit by disease. San Nicolas Island’s waters teemed with their favourite nourishment but the government, worried that the initiative could come into conflict with commercial fishing activities, declared an ‘otter-free’ zone the area south of Point Conception.

"For recovery and for sea otters to survive and rebound in California, they need to be able to go freely into places that they historically occupied," stated Curland. 

The NGO director argued that these animals are necessary to keep a balance in the Californian coastal eco-system. He added that when artificial fisheries were built and sea otters were kept away, the numbers of shellfish and other invertebrates (particularly sea urchins, clams and abalone) which the otter naturally preys on, thrived, and their numbers unbalanced the ecosystem in a negative way.

Sea otters from California have been protected by the Federal Endangered Species Act since 1977. Once in their peak with 15,000 specimens before fur traders started killing them and nearly wiping them out for their pelts. It has been estimated these animals were fewer than 2,800 in 2012.

 By Gabriela Raffaele
editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Spain
Sep 17, 23:40 (GMT + 9):
Galician polygons closed due to red tide
India
Sep 17, 23:20 (GMT + 9):
Mussel culture looks encouraging in Goa
European Union
Sep 17, 22:40 (GMT + 9):
Moroccan authorities already issued 58 licences for EU vessels
Chile
Sep 17, 22:10 (GMT + 9):
Chilean firm stance against IUU fishing
United Kingdom
Sep 17, 04:20 (GMT + 9):
New codes to boost seafood labels and sustainable supply
Chile
Sep 17, 03:50 (GMT + 9):
Norwegian salmon firms focus on investments in Chile
Papua New Guinea
Sep 17, 03:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - PNG govt see PMIZ as fisheries solution
Faroe Islands
Sep 17, 03:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Faroe Islands and Turkey make Free Trade pact
Nigeria
Sep 17, 03:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Firm to Inject USD 60 Million Into Aquaculture
Japan
Sep 17, 03:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Focus of tuna conservation turns to Eastern Pacific
United Kingdom
Sep 17, 03:30 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Is it Fish Fraud-y? One in six cod suppers sold in chip shops is actually a cheaper type of fish, says food safety expert
Viet Nam
Sep 17, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - GAA To Honor Vietnamese Seafood Champion
United Kingdom
Sep 17, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Make it a Funky Fish 'Fall' with new dishes from Young's Seafood
Thailand
Sep 17, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
King Oscar to be fully owned by new TUF's holding company
United Kingdom
Sep 17, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Scottish independence: Herring boss funds last-minute GBP 100k Yes campaign drive



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
TUF buys Norwegian sardine canner to strengthen its global leadership
Thailand Thai Union Frozen Products Public Company Limited has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100 per cent of the assets and the trademark of the world's top ten seafood brand: King Oscar.
Campeche seeks investment in shrimp farming
Mexico The Gobernment of Campeche is trying to attract investors from the United States who are interested in shrimp farming in the state in order to increase production of this crustacean.
Organised gangs get huge profits from illegal shellfish trade
United Kingdom Scotland Police warn that illegal fishing of shellfish is profiting eastern European offenders, who make up to GBP 65,000 a day.
Cod cut would increase discards, Shetland fishermen warn
United Kingdom Fishermen in Shetland are urging the EU and Norway to abandon a controversial cod management plan and increase North Sea quotas to help reduce dumping of healthy fish at sea.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Pescanova, S.A. - Group Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Limited
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel ehf - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
Food Project (Siam) Co., Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Grupo Calvo - Luis Calvo Sanz, S.A. (Group Headquarter)
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. -Headquarter-
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  -Holding Headquarter-
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
Ocean Trawlers Group - Ocean Trawlers HK Ltd.
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council  - MSC Worldwide
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2014 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER