Southern Sea Otter Stock Assessment Report

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Southern Sea Otter Stock Assessment Report

On June 24, 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of the final revised marine mammal stock assessment report for the southern sea otter (Enhydra lutris nereis) stock.

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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.
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The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...
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Southern sea otters, also known as California sea otters, can be found in nearshore areas along the central California coastline, including areas of high human activity, like harbors. As a keystone species, they play a fundamental role in the natural food web, and keep important elements of...

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