Posted by seahunt on March 15, 2005 at 06:23:53:
In Reply to: I haven't seen decimation caused by otters posted by Walt on March 14, 2005 at 22:59:30:
>I haven't seen decimation caused by otters
I sure have.
>Seeing otters is a sign that the overall water quality is improving and that is a welcome sign to me.
Uh, actually it isn't any indication of that at all. Otters just show that there is something for them to eat. Water quality has been improving for 20 years. There is now some kelp in Santa Monica Bay again.
>sure it led to a one-time boom for abalone,
With current game management techniques, there can be a indefinate sustained harvest of abalone, urchins, scallops and clams. It isn't a one time boon... unless the otters come back.
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