Otters overwhelm shellfish fisheries, First Nations on B.C.'s coast
In this Jan. 15, 2010 photo, a group of sea otters gather in Morro Bay, Calif. The sea otter population on the West Coast is growing, and along with it the marine mammal's appetite for shellfish.But as the sea otter rebounds from near extinction, First Nations and other shellfish harvesters along B.C.'s coast say it's hurting their bottom line.
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#1 Apr 4, 2013
This likely has nothing to do with sea otters and everything to do with ocean acidification and unnatural blooms of microorganisms that consume oxygen to the detriment of all the other life forms. Latest research has shown frightening impacts on the ability of any sea organisms that must form shells (esp. oysters)for survival because ocean pH is becoming so acid that the calcium literally dissolves. And of course all the modeling shows it's happening much faster than predicted. Don't make the otters a scapegoat.
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