Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Urgent Help Needed for Sea Otters!

I received this e-mail from the Monterey Bay Aquarium regarding the urgent situation the sea otters are facing. Please contact your government representative and let them know that you support the Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act (H.R. 556).

Message from the Monterey Bay Aquarium:

Urgent Help for Sea Otters
Tagged sea otterYou may have read today that newly released survey data shows once again the California sea otter population is declining. (Editor note: You can read a survey summary at the following link.)

The fact is, California's sea otters are dying, and scientists need help to pinpoint the causes before it's too late. A bill now before Congress, the Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act (H.R. 556), would fund vital research that can help save sea otters—if it gets the votes to pass.

Please take action today to help promote the recovery of sea otters.

Not only an iconic species, this animal also draws millions of visitors and tourist dollars to the coast and maintains the health and vitality of an entire ecosystem. Without this legislation, the threatened southern sea otter population will remain at risk from a single environmental catastrophe, such as a pandemic disease or oil spill.

What you can do?

1. Send a simple electronic letter to your representative and let them know why sea otters and a healthy ocean are important to you.

2. Forward this e-mail to a friend or family member and urge them to help.

Please send a letter now to support H.R. 556, as we believe that a House vote is imminent.

Thank you for your support.


As of yesterday, the bill was on the legislative calendar, but Republican house members balked according to the info I found on the Sea Otter Scoop, the official blog of The Otter Project.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for advocating on behalf of the sea otter. Unfortunately the bill got pulled just before it could be voted for, but it will be back and we'll need lots of help contacting potential allies in Congress. Be sure to follow us via our website (, our blog,, on facebook (The Otter Project), or on Twitter @theotterproject. Thanks so very much for helping us get the word out. These guys need all the help they can get.