BREAKING: California Governor Signs Bill for Sea Otter Fund Extension

Sea Otter, (c) Gerry Ellis, Minden PicturesA win for wildlife! Earlier today, Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB971, the pro-sea otter bill that Defenders co-sponsored with the Monterey Bay Aquarium. This law reestablishes the California Sea Otter Fund on state income tax forms for another five years.

This fund is the main source for investigating the problems southern sea otters face in California through a great research collaborative that is studying many aspects of the population.

The following is a statement from Jim Curland, Defenders’ marine program associate:

“This is a great day for sea otters! We are very grateful to Assemblyman Bill Monning for introducing this legislation reestablishing the California Sea Otter Fund for another five years. This Fund is critical to understanding the problems facing sea otters in California and figuring out ways to recover and protect this fragile population. Defenders of Wildlife greatly appreciates Governor Brown signing this bill into law today.”

Read Assemblyman Monning’s Press Release (PDF) about this great success.