About Us

Our mission:  To restore a healthy population of sea otters to the Oregon coast and, in the process, help make Oregon’s marine ecosystem more robust and resilient. 

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Our Organization

Elakha (ee-LAK-uh) is a Chinook trading language word for sea otter, which were once plentiful in Oregon’s coastal waters. 

Sea otters are a keystone species whose predation and behavior have a profound effect on the mix of species around it.  In their absence, Oregon’s marine ecosystem has suffered, becoming ecologically less robust

The Elakha Alliance was formed by individuals from tribal, nonprofit, and conservation backgrounds with a shared belief in a powerful vision:  an Oregon coast 50 years from now where our grandchildren co-exist with a thriving sea otter population and a robust marine ecosystem.

Read our vision for a more abundant and resilient future for Oregon’s nearshore ecosystems.

Meet our leadership and our supporters helping inform, and implement that vision.

Curious about our logo and its origin?

Ready to dive in? Visit our learning hub for more detailed information about the science, legacy, and potential future of Oregon’s sea otters.

Since its formation in February 2018, the Alliance has been fiscally sponsored by the Oregon Wildlife Foundation.   The Alliance applied to the IRS for status as a 501c3 charity on March 17, 2020.  We are delighted to accept your tax-deductable donation at any time.