As sea otter populations have grown, so have calls to loosen the strict federal rules protecting them. That has some Alaska Native artists concerned.
Borough officials in Ketchikan call for more aggressive management of sea otter populations
Southeast Alaska’s sea otter population has been growing quickly, and concerns are bubbling up about the impact they have on fisheries.
Coastal tribes in Oregon hope to bring sea otters back to their community
The lives of sea otters — the tool-using marine mammals — were once intertwined with those of the coastal tribes in Oregon. Now, local Native Americans are hoping to bring them back.
Without otter predation, sea urchins decimate Aleutian reefs
In some places surrounding the central and western Aleutian Islands, reefs are crumbling from urchins burrowing through the weakened calcium carbonate structures.
Medevac crew rescued after plane crashes near Unalaska
A LifeMed medevac flight crashed into the water Thursday morning near Unalaska shortly after taking off from the island’s airport. No one was seriously hurt.
Solutions sought to ease conflicts over Southeast Alaska’s rising sea otter populations
Sea otters are rapidly recolonizing Southeast Alaska. But that wildlife success story breeds challenges as they compete with commercial fishermen.
Alaska Made: Sea otter pelts are highly prized, tightly regulated
The sea otter population in Southeast is growing steadily. Alaska Natives are allowed to work the pelts in traditional ways, but production is constrained by regulations.
Officials investigate otter deaths in southwestern Alaska
An unusual number of dying otters were found in Southwest Alaska. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched an investigation into what was killing these seemingly healthy animals.
Dive fishermen and sea otters face complex competition
Humans and sea otters enjoy consuming the same bottom-dwelling seafood: Dungeness crabs, clams, sea cucumbers and urchins. In some areas these creatures have completely disappeared.
Kachemak sea otter sickness, deaths under investigation
“Something is hitting them harder and faster, in addition to the disease that we’re familiar with seeing, something else seems to be involved,” says Marc Webber with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Homer,