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Amchitka to Port Orford, 1970 – 1971: The Success and Failure of Translocating Sea Otters to Oregon

September 6 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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?

Join Bob Bailey, Elakha’s Board President, at the Coos History Museum on Friday September 6th, 3:30pm-4:30pm for a special presentation.


September 6
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Coos History Museum
1210 N Front Street
Coos Bay, OR 97420 United States
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