The Elakha Alliance is pleased to present this scientific Feasibility Study regarding sea otter reintroduction in Oregon, published January 2022. A team of six leading scientists (led by Dr. Tim Tinker; see list below) evaluated key dimensions of a proposed sea otter reintroduction, including source population dynamics, habitat suitability, ecological considerations, social and economic impacts, legal requirements, logistics, and more.
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History of Prior Sea Otter Translocations
Populations and Demographic
Genetics & History of OR Sea Otters
Ecosystem Effects of Sea Otters
Implementation & Logistics
Animal Health & Welfare
Stakeholder Concerns & Perspectives
Dr. Tim Tinker, principal author; Research Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Geological Survey (retired); Adjunct Professor, UC Santa Cruz, Nhydra Ecological Research
Dr. James Estes, contributing author; Ecologist, U.S. Geological Survey (retired); Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UC Santa Cruz
Dr. James Bodkin, contributing author; Research Wildlife Biologist (retired), U.S. Geological Survey Alaska Science Center
Dr. Shawn Larson, contributing author; Curator of Conservation Research, Seattle Aquarium
Dr. Mike Murray, contributing author; Jane Dunaway Director of Veterinary Services, Monterey Bay Aquarium
Dr. Jan Hodder, contributing author; Emeritus Professor, University of Oregon, Institute of Marine Biology