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expanded, it could actually create up to 326 direct jobs in Ventura County. (Loomis 2005) This is due to a great economical factor known as tourism. There would be a great emotional affect among people if we allowed this creature to become extinct, because people won’t be able to view them in their natural habitats. According to Loomis and White in Economic benefits of rare and endangered species: summary and meta-analysis, expenditures to view endangered wildlife are based on a guest’s willingness to pay (WTP) and the average expenditure a guest pays to see a sea otter is $29 per person. (Loomis & White 1996) If sea otter populations were expanded, the direct income to Ventura County alone would be $1.5 million dollars in tourism revenue. (Loomis 2005). So, while this problem might not seem to dire right now, it could definitely have consequences in the long run.
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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT SPEECH: SEA OTTER ENDANGERMENT 8 In a respectable effort to fix this problem the California Legislature and the U.S congress have passed laws that will protect the sea otter. However, these laws that supposedly help keep the sea otters safe from extinction are contradicting and very vague. According to the fish and game code 8610.11 it states that it is unlawful for any person to take or remove any fish obtained in the article however it says in article 8610.15 that the article does not protect any other wildlife including sea otters (Fish and Game Code). This contradiction shows that people upholding the law will be confused and will simply do as they please because the law is not clear enough to follow. Fish and Game code 8664.2. (c) States that the taking of a sea otter that is not for the purpose of carrying out a lawful activity is not a violation of the California Endangered Species Act section 4700 (Fish and Game Code). If the taking of sea otters is not a violation people will still remove and capture the otters without the proper consent or license because there is no consequence for doing so. We need to create better laws, which are clearer, and state that the removal of sea otters WILL be a violation and there will be severe fines because Otters are important to the habitat as well as humans. We need to educate everyone about why sea otters are important and enlighten them as to why they are a keystone species. This is extremely important because when people are educated they will make more educated decisions and these decisions could lead to better legislation, less fisherman killing them when they see them and many other things. With this education and knowledge about the sea otter crisis we can make more informed arguments to present to our legislators and with more coherent arguments comes swifter action.
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CIVIC ENGAGEMENT SPEECH: SEA OTTER ENDANGERMENT 9 Otters are a keystone species, they are important. Regardless of what people say or think, otters are important. It is not enough for us to say we agree or that we like otter conservation we must act! Contact your representatives, inform your family members, tell your friends. It is true that this problem is not life threatening to humans. However, it does threaten life. What separates
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  • Fall '07
  • Klindeman
  • Sea otter, Sea Otters, sea otter endangerment

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