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Virtual Science Symposium: Sea Otters & Oregon’s Kelp Ecosystem October 6, 7, 8

In Partnership with Hatfield Marine Science Center & the Oregon Chapter of the Wildlife Society

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The prospect of restoring sea otters to the Oregon coast raises important ecological and economic considerations to be explored in this symposium.

Over several days, this symposium will offer three virtual sessions, 7 total presentations, with discussion. Presentations will explore current scientific understanding of key issues that are central to future decisions about restoration.

Keynote Address by renowned sea otter ecologist Dr. Jim Estes, October 6th, at 7pm (~45min)

Science Sessions will be held October 6, 7,and 8, from 1 pm to approximately 3:15 pm based on Q&A participation

Presenters will include ODFW urchin biologist Scott Groth, OSU kelp ecosystem researcher Sara Hamilton, sea otter researcher Dr. Tim Tinker, estuary ecologist Brent Hughes, interdisciplinary researcher Dr. Ed Gregr and more!

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Joint Webinar Co-hosted by Environment Oregon: Oregon’s Kelp Ecosystem & Sea Otters

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Join the Elakha Alliance and Environment Oregon on September 23rd at 6:00pm, for a joint webinar discussing the status of the kelp ecosystem in Oregon, including conservation issues and policy considerations. We will discuss how a possible sea otter reintroduction may play a foundational role in the restoration of this key ecosystem. Presenters include Elakha Board President Bob Bailey, and John Goodell, Director of Outreach and Community Engagement

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Beyond Kelp: How Sea Otters Cultivate Healthy Estuaries

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The role of sea otters in sustaining a healthy kelp ecosystem is well known, however new research from Monterey Bay in California, reveals how the presence of sea otters builds seagrass habitat, which in-turn buffers the effects of pollution and increases marine productivity in the estuary.

Explore this article from The Guardian…

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Webinar: Legal and Economic Dimensions of Sea Otter Reintroduction

Species re-introductions involve complex biological, legal, and social consideration for agencies, scientists, stakeholders, and communities. However, evaluating a species associated with effects on economically valuable resources, makes assessments and input all-the-more important.

Please join Elakha Board President Bob Bailey and USFWS biologist Michele Zwartjes, on August 26th at 6pm, for a webinar presentation designed to explore the legal, scientific, and social framework of sea otter reintroduction; where things stand now, and what are the next steps? Register soon!

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Podcast: Sea Otters & Zooarchaeology

The Emerging Role of Zooarchaeology

Check out the recent Northwest Nature Matters podcast with Professor Madonna Moss about her fascinating research into the pre-historic use of sea otters by indigenous tribes in the Pacific Northwest. Professor Moss is the Curator of Zooarchaeology, at the University of Oregon’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History, and studies the long term history of Native Americans and First Nations of the Northwest Coast of North America, with a special focus on Tlingit and Haida and their ancestors.

Also known as faunal analysis, zooarchaeology involves studying remains of animals from archaeological sites including remains like bones, shells, hair, fish scales, hides, and DNA. Professor Moss explained how faunal evidence can support a wide range of natural resource and cultural resource questions. Moss describes how her research into the past use of sea otters by PNW tribes helped confirm their own oral histories, and defend their tribe’s cultural practices against outside opposition. Listen….

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Webinar: What can we learn from past reintroductions to prepare us for an Oregon plan?

The Elakha Alliance and the Defenders of Wildlife are pleased to announce a joint webinar that explores sea otter restoration in adjacent Pacific coast regions where recovery efforts have occurred. The discussion will consider how these examples may advise a sea otter reintroduction in Oregon. This presentation will be led my leadership of the Elakha Alliance, along with the Defenders of Wildlife’s PNW team.

When: July 14th, 6:00pm7:00pm

Who: Anybody

By Whom: Presented by the Elakha Alliance and staff from the Defenders of Wildlife.

Sign up and we will email you the link and password information.

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Elakha Alliance in the News!

Northwest News reporter, and regular OPB contributor, Tom Banse, chats with the Elakha Alliance’s leadership about new research coming out of British Columbia. Economists and social scientists studied the effects of sea otter population growth on human communities, with some interesting implications for Oregon. Read the full story….

A sea otter in the waters off Vancouver Island
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Sea Otter Recovery Makes National News

British Columbia sea otter populations are on the move – as they reoccupy portions of their historical range. The effects of this expansion in benefiting ecological resiliency, commercial fisheries, tourism, and climate change – but some trade-offs exists such as the short-term impacts to the subsistence shellfish gathering by local tribal communities. Researchers underscore the need to improve tribal voices in natural resource management – to ensure the long-term success of sea otter conservation.

Explore these news stories to learn more…

Also, a new paper in the Journal Science reveals the economic boom expected from sea otter recovery – with some trade-offs to specific sectors.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/sea-otter-benefits-180975086/

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In the News: Sea Otters Still Recovering From the Russian Fur Trade

Sea otter conservation in the news: A new op-ed piece reflects on the long-term population consequences of the nearly 300 year-old sea otter fur trade.

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Elakha Alliance Launches New Podcast Series with Northwest Nature Matters

The Elakha Alliance is partnering with Northwest Nature Matters to produce a multi-part podcast series on the kelp ecosystem of the Pacific Northwest! Episodes will cover topics such as kelp conservation, sea otter science, sea start wasting disease, sea urchins and urchin barrens, climate change and more! Listen to episodes here!

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Video: Board President Bob Bailey Gives Sea Otter Talk in Gold Beach

Board President Bob Bailey presents a presentation on the history of sea otters in Oregon and their possible reintroduction! Hosted by the Curry Watersheds Partnership

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Elakha Alliance Receives Grant for Feasibility Study

In the news: The Elakha Alliance is thrilled to announce a grant award from the USFWS to study the feasibility of a sea otter reintroduction to the Oregon Coast!