The Elakha Alliance was formed by tribal, nonprofit, and conservation leaders with a shared belief in a powerful vision: an Oregon coast 50 years from now where our children and grandchildren co-exist along with a thriving sea otter population and a robust and resilient marine ecosystem.
Our mission: To restore a healthy population of sea otters to the Oregon coast and to thereby make Oregon’s marine and coastal ecosystem more robust and resilient.
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Sea otters are part of a legacy of Oregon’s coastal tribes that was ripped away when sea otters were exterminated from Oregon as part of the 18th and 19th century fur trade. It’s long past time for a meaningful effort to undo that wrong.
A Thriving Marine Ecosystem
Sea otters are a keystone species whose restoration will promote the growth of kelp and help make Oregon’s marine ecosystem more resilient. A more resilient marine ecosystem will, in turn, help our coastal economy thrive.
The Science of Sea Otters
The Alliance is deeply committed to promoting and using the best available science to determine the feasibility and impacts of potential methods of restoring and protecting a healthy sea otter population in Oregon.
We’re working to compile in one place a library of materials for students, interested individuals, and scientists who’re interested in learning more.