How do you keep them off the pier now that they’ve seen Santa Monica?

The last Tuesday of every month the American Cetacean Society hosts a free public lecture, this month’s is probably of more interest to the general beach and marina-going public than many:


Monica DeAngelis: “The Pinniped Problem: Non-lethal Deterrence of California Sea Lions and Pacific Harbor Seals

Tuesday, February 27, 7:30pm
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
3720 Stephen M. White Drive in San Pedro
Sponsored by the American Cetacean Society (Los Angeles Chapter)

(Free to the public and free parking.)

So if you have a boat down at the marina and want to know what you can do to keep sea lions from sinking it, come on down.

The populations of California sea lions and harbor seals have increased dramatically over since the Marine mammal Protection Act went into effect in 1973. Contacts between humans and pinnipeds are becoming more frequent and the animals often cause economic impacts. The National Marine Fisheries Service is called upon to not only protect the marine mammals from harm but also to protect humans and their property from the animals. Our speaker will talk about what is being done to find ways to mitigate the problem.

Monica is the marine mammal biologist with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), Southwest Region, in Long Beach, California. She is responsible for the management and conservation of marine mammals including, but not limited to, reviewing and preparing comments on the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act permit applications, small take regulations and Incidental Harassment Authorizations, and providing assistance in managing impacts of expanding pinniped populations. She has a Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Biology (Molecular Ecology) from San Diego State University.

If you don’t make it to the lecture, I’ll likely have some reportage on it come Wednesday morning.

4 thoughts on “How do you keep them off the pier now that they’ve seen Santa Monica?”

  1. A few years back a local fisherman was prosecuted for detonating (no, yeah, as in, tossing an explosive device into) a sea lion . . . in full view of a boat of 5th graders on a field trip.

    There’s really no excuse for that kind of thing, obviously.

    Is there a connection between the rise in sea lions and a decrease in great whites and/or orcas? If there has been such a decrease, that is . . .

  2. David – I like the shot even if the subjects are all looking right at the camera … duh, don’t they know how to pose for a candid shot?

    Pinkyracer – They’d make great UGG boots, for sure.

    CD – I’ll have a full report tomorrow on what the heck folks are able to do within the letter of the law. And of course why they’ve exploded like they have (if they have).

    As far as I know there has never been a consistent population of Orcas that prey on sea lions here (further north, but not in the SoCal area) … maybe that’s why they all moved down here.

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