Sea otter documentary highlights the impacts that the Service's management zone decision will have on Southern California fisheries

August 26, 2013 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Students from UC Santa Barbara have produced a documentary on the termination of the sea otter management zone, which PLF is challenging on behalf of four California fishing groups that are threatened with both the loss of their livelihoods and criminal punishment. The documentary does an excellent job explaining the human consequences of the Service’s unlawful decision. Of particular note, Steve Shimek, the founder of The Otter Project—which supports the Service’s decision—acknowledges that the fishermen have a very reasonable argument regarding the threat that the termination poses to their way of life.

Our video on the case can be found here.