Northern Sea Otter (Southeast Alaska) Stock Assessment Report

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Northern Sea Otter (Southeast Alaska) Stock Assessment Report

On August 8, 2023, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a Federal Register notice informing the public that we have finalized revised marine mammal stock assessment reports for each of the three northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) stocks in Alaska: Southwest, Southcentral, and Southeast.

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A polar bear has black eyes and nose, and small ears, in a thick pelt of white fur.
We provide leadership in the conservation and management of our nation's marine mammals under our jurisdiction – sea otters, Pacific walruses, polar bears, and West Indian manatees – as well as the marine ecosystems that support them.
A polar bear has black eyes and nose, and small ears, in a thick pelt of white fur.
Under direction of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska is responsible for the conservation of polar bears, northern sea otters, and Pacific walruses that inhabit Alaskan waters. Our sister agency, the National...
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Sea otters floating in a group

Sea otters are a member of the weasel family (Mustelidae) and live in the near-shore waters along the North Pacific Ocean. They are the smallest of marine mammals and are excellently suited to their marine environment with adaptations in their skeletons, teeth, and fur.

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