Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region
Fish and Wildlife Service to Hold Public Hearings on Proposal to End Southern Sea Otter Translocation Program Sep 12, 2011 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sep 12, 2011

Contacts: Contact: Lois Grunwald, 805/644-1766, ext 332

Fish and Wildlife Service to Hold Public Hearings on Proposal to End Southern Sea Otter Translocation Program

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will hold the first of three public hearings on September 27, 2011, regarding the Service’s proposal to end the 24-year-old southern sea otter translocation program in California. The proposal followed an in-depth evaluation that found the program is not meeting its objectives for recovery of the species.

The proposed rule and an accompanying Revised Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Revised Draft SEIS) were published in the Federal Register on August 26, 2011.

The public hearings, which will be preceded by public information sessions, provide a formal, structured opportunity for interested parties to verbally express comments or to submit written comments on the proposed rule, the Revised Draft SEIS, and associated documents.

The public information sessions provide an opportunity for the public to meet Service staff and discuss the proposal with them prior to the hearing.

The Ventura hearing will be held at the following location:

September 27, 2011
Channel Islands National Park auditorium
1901 Spinnaker Drive
Ventura, CA 93001

Public information session 5:00-6:00 p.m. PDT
Public hearing 6:00-8:00 p.m. PDT

The other two public hearings will be held at the following locations:

October 4, 2011
Fleischmann Auditorium
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta Del Sol
Santa Barbara, CA 93105

Public information session 5:00-6:00 p.m. PDT
Public hearing 6:00-8:00 p.m. PDT

October 6, 2011
La Feliz Room
Seymour Marine Discovery Center, Long Marine Laboratory
100 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA

Public information session 5:00-6:00 p.m. PDT
Public hearing 6:00-8:00 p.m. PDT

Comments must be received by October 24, 2011. The Service will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means the agency will post any personal information provided through the process. The Service does not accept comments by email or facsimile.

Comments may be submitted on the proposed rule, associated Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA), or Revised Draft SEIS by one of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments to Docket No. [FWS–R8–FHC–2011–0046].
  • U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing, Attn: Docket No. [FWS–R8–FHC–2011–0046]; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042–PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
  • Verbally by attending one of the formal public hearings. Written comments may also be submitted at the public hearings.

For more information about the southern sea otter and to view the proposed rule, Revised Draft SEIS, and associated documents, please visit http://www.fws.gov/ventura/species_information/so_sea_otter/index.html.

The ESA provides a critical safety net for America’s native fish, wildlife and plants. The Service working to actively engage conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. To learn more about the Endangered Species Program, visit http://www.fws.gov/endangered/.

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Last updated: March 31, 2014