26 September 2011 Make a Splash With This Year’s Sea Otter Awareness Week Posted by: Jim Curland | Leave a comment | Share: Nine years running and still going strong. Defenders of Wildlife’s internationally recognized Sea Otter Awareness week kicked off on Sunday, Sept. 25 around the world with events and activities related to sea otter education and conservation. The California sea otter population’s three-year average has been in decline in recent years, and awareness for the plight our playful marine friends face is even more critical this year than ever before. But there’s hope on the horizon. The Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to end the ‘no-otter’ zone off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif. that calls for capture and relocation of sea otters that wander into these off-limit waters. This move would give sea otters a chance to expand their range naturally into California’s southern waters—a necessary step if sea otters are to have a real shot at recovering to healthy numbers. California sea otters face hurdles on the road to recovery: disease, habitat degradation, food scarcity, and as a recent study shows, exposure to freshwater toxins. The survival of the sea otter in California’s waters depends on public support and an increased understanding of the essential role sea otters play in nature. Find out about Sea Otter Awareness Week events near you. Help us save sea otters. Tell the Fish and Wildlife Service that you support dropping the “no-otter” zone in California. Learn how to submit comments at www.saveseaotters.org. Show some love this Sea Otter Awareness Week and adopt a sea otter! Help California’s threatened sea otters by adopting one of these marvelous marine mammals from the Defenders of Wildlife Adoption Center. Not only will you be sharing your appreciation for this imperiled species, but you’ll also be helping to support Defenders’ work on their behalf. Save Something Wild! Visit our Wildlife Adoption Center to adopt a sea otter or one of our 27 other imperiled animals today! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Chasing eyeshine Every fall on the prairie, black-footed ferret chasers take to the field to study these nocturnal creatures. Small Refuge, Big Impact: Wildlife Conservation on the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge Thanks to continued efforts to restore bison in the American West, a herd of bison can call the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge home. A Drought Action Plan for California Careful drought planning is essential for a healthy economy and thriving wildlife and ecosystems in California.