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Friends of the Sea Otter

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Services, Animals, Protection of Endangered Species, Wildlife Preservation & Protection, Wildlife Sanctuaries

Mission: Friends of the Sea Otter is committed to and advocates for the conservation of sea otters, the preservation of their habitat, through education, research, and policy decisions that will ensure the long-term survival of this species.

Results: After nearly 20 years of advocacy, the Fish and Wildlife Service is nearly ready to end the No-Otter Zone off the coast of Southern California - a coastal region into which sea otters are currently not allowed to swim.

Programs: Educate the public about sea otters and the threats they face at local events and via internet. Make presentations to school groups and community organizations. Provide teachers with educational materials for lessonplans and reserach projects. Respond to requests for specific information about sea otters. Works with other organizations to establish coordination of efforts and policy. Reviews government documents concerning the sea otter and its habitat; provides comment; solicits response from membership as needed.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Candace B.


Rating: 5

It is very noble to fight for those who can not fight for themselves. I admire the passion of FSO. Their energy and commitment is second to none. They tirelessly continue to educate and inform the population at large about sea otters. Their reach extends beyond California. They have friends and supporters in Canada, the UK and Australia. FSO is open to new ideas and they adopt the latest strategies in marketing and social media to achieve their goals. It is truly wonderful to be a Friend of the Sea Otter!

Sandra Wheeler


Rating: 5

I grew up next to the Channel Islands in California. Sea Otters used to cavort there in decades past. That's where God placed them and where they thrived. Then came white men and no more otters swam in the Santa Barbara Channel. Now California seeks a law to keep the otters from coming back to the Channel Islands, their natural home. Friends of the Sea Otter takes exception to that and have my full support. Let's stop killing off wildife for our convenience before some unforseen consequence does it to US!



Rating: 5

FSO purchased a remotely operated video camera with supporting solar panels, batteries and auxiliary equipment, including a video server to enable remote monitoring of otters in Elkhorn Slough, California. They have been extremely generous, supportive and understanding when network problems precluded implementation on schedule. All my interactions with FSO have been very positive.


Rating: 5

I helped Friends of the Sea Otter by attending several events in the Monterey area and talking to the public about sea otters, their threats, and what people can do to help. I have a background in environmental communication and was happy to help such a worthy cause!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Friends of the Sea Otter has been a traditional favorite charity of my family for over a decade. I remember visiting the late Friends of the Sea Otter brick-and-mortar location in Monterey as a child.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Friends of the Sea Otter has a been and advocate for the southern sea otter since 1967, with congressional testimony dating back to the marine mammal protection act. Currently trying to remove "legal boundaries" to sea otter natural expansion, while ensuring protections against hunting, and further exceptions to their threatened status, FSO continues to rally support and provide the voice for sea otter advocates.

Review from Guidestar