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(LA Times)   U.S. government stops relocating otters away from fishing areas after discovering that otters can swim   ( latimes.com) divider line
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2012-12-19 10:11:43 AM  
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"The abandoned promise of otter-free waters is likely to anger urchin divers and other shellfish fishermen who believe the otters can devastate shellfish stocks and put them out of business."
Don't sell yourselves short, urchin divers and shellfish fishermen. You're perfectly capable of overharvesting yourselves out of business without any help from the sea otters.
2012-12-19 11:25:27 AM  
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Ivo Shandor: If you get rid of the otters, the local sea urchin population will expand. Sea urchins will eat the roots of kelp, causing the rest of the plant to float away. Fish that formerly lived in the kelp forest will also leave. Hope you like eating sea stars.

And the Otter population will expand as well.

Why is it, that the most vehemently anti-naturalistic, anti-environmental capitalists see dollar signs every time they look at an undisturbed area, then complain and blame what already existed before they came to the area when their efforts to strip the area of it's value are successful?
2012-12-19 11:22:40 AM  
1 vote:
If you get rid of otters, then you can't watch them play. Where is the fun in that?
2012-12-19 11:18:10 AM  
1 vote:
So this was an indirect government subsidy that benefited a select group of business people by reducing competition.
2012-12-19 11:16:50 AM  
1 vote:
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