Sea Otter Recovery Grants 2021


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Sea Otter Recovery Grants 2021
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Present Land Use
Monterey Bay Aquarium will rehabilitate and raise stranded sea otter pups at its facilities in Monterey on Cannery Row. There, Monterey Bay Aquarium has facilities such as tanks and veterinary equipment and trained staff to rehabilitate otter pups. The rehabilitated animals will be released in Morro Bay, a protected estuary along the Central Coast in San Luis Obispo County that has an existing population of sea otters.

Document Description
Monterey Bay Aquarium will raise and release up to three stranded sea otter pups to Morro Bay using captive female sea otters as surrogate mothers, and will analyze and circulate best practices for raising sea otter pups by surrogacy.

Contact Information
Hilary Walecka
State Coataal Conservancy
Lead/Public Agency
1515 Clay St
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone : (510) 286-7029

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Project Applicant


36°37'5.4"N 121°54'7.7"W
Monterey Morro Bay
Monterey San Luis Obispo
Northern California
Cross Streets
886 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 93940

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301
Reasons for Exemption
The Monterey Bay Aquarium project to rescue, rehabilitate, and release stranded pups into the wild is exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Title 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) section 15301 (Existing Facilities), because it is a continuation of an ongoing program, which will operate in its existing facility without expansion of existing use. The Monterey Bay Aquarium has operated its sea otter surrogacy program, permitted by USFWS, for over 20 years.
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