Santa Barbara Channel
The Santa Barbara Channel and California’s south central coast make up one of most ecologically rich and important regions in the world. EDC must remain vigilant to protect our coastline, to stop irresponsible offshore oil development, to further our vital Marine Protected Areas and to protect the magnificent marine mammals, from whales to sea otters, that call this region home.
In 2012, EDC and our clients finally overturned the regulation prohibiting the southern sea otter from returning to our coast. Unfortunately, certain fishing groups have challenged this decision to terminate the “no otter” zone rule which led to the deaths of so many of these threatened creatures.
Ever since 2007, when five endangered blue whales were killed as a result of cargo ship strikes, EDC has been working to protect great whales from this constant threat. If cargo ships slow down, these magnificent creatures will be safer and the air we breathe on shore will be cleaner.
EDC is playing a leadership role working with diverse partners in support of our magnificent underwater parks known as Marine Protected Areas. MPAs are good for fish and marine life while also supporting diverse recreational opportunities for swimming, diving, boating, and more.