USFWS Report MMM 2020-01

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USFWS Report MMM 2020-01

Sea otter conservation and management in Southeast Alaska has been highly successful from the perspective of the recovery of an extirpated marine mammal population. Sea otter recovery in Southeast Alaska has resulted in reductions of some shellfish stocks of value to commercial, subsistence, personal use, and sport harvesters. Because of these economic and social impacts, many user groups wish to explore ways to mitigate sea otter and fisheries conflicts through collaborative management efforts.

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Our regional headquarters is primarily comprised of administrative offices, law enforcement, and the offices of our regional leadership. At this location, you can find staff from our Alaska Migratory Birds Office, Alaska Marine Mammals Office, Conservation Genetics Lab, Ecological Services (...
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...
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.
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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