Deep Dive into Oregon’s 1970-71 Sea Otter Translocation (7.11.23, Coos Bay)

In summers of 1970 and 1971, a total of 93 sea otters were flown from Amchitka Island, Alaska, to Port Orford and Coos Bay for release into the ocean, 25 sea otters survived.

For nearly ten years they made themselves at home on Blanco Reef, Simpson Reef and other sites. They even had pups. But gradually their numbers dwindled and by 1981, all were gone.

What happened? Why were they brought to southern Oregon in the first place? What can we learn from this episode as we think about returning sea otters to the Oregon coast?

Bob Bailey, Board President of the Elakha Alliance, will tell the tale and answer your questions.

Come learn about this fascinating piece of history on the southern Oregon coast and join the discussion afterward at the Oregon Institute Marine Biology – Boathouse Auditorium (Charleston, OR) on July 11th at 7pm (free event)