The conservation of sea otters: a prelude

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The story of sea otters over the past 275 years chronicles their decline to near extinction and the roads to recovery that cross various conflicts, and in the end provides lessons that will aid the conservation of other threatened species and compromised ecosystems. Sea otters inspire strong human emotions ranging from adoration to disdain. They are protected internationally, federally, and at state and local levels, yet still face a diversity of threats, representing the legacy of their decline as well as emerging consequences from the ever-deepening imprint of the human endeavor. Here we briefly introduce the species, chronicle its history of near-demise and subsequent recovery, and highlight several conservation successes and challenges. In this volume we bring together scientists with significant knowledge of and experience with the sea otter and its ecosystems to share lessons learned and consider how these might be used to aid in the enterprise of conservation more broadly.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title The conservation of sea otters: a prelude
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Elsevier
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center Biology MFEB
Description 17 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Sea Otter Conservation
First page 1
Last page 17
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N