This Article examines the sea otter, it's history, and its present status with regard to federal safeguards now protecting otters and California 's attempts to prevent economic burdens caused by these federal safeguards. The Article begins by discussing the sea otter in general and man's exploitation of the sea otters for their fur. Sea otters came close to being exterminated by man, but are now heavily protected by federal laws including the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which endeavors to maintain all species of marine mammals at their optimum sustainable population, and the Endangered Species Act. The article goes on to discuss the problems that will arise as the otter population grows and comes into conflict with the California shellfish industry.
James J. Armstrong,
The California Sea Otter: Emerging Conflicts in Resource Management,
San Diego L. Rev.
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