Status of sea otter populations in southcentral and southeast Alaska, 2002-2003

Edited by: Daniela MaldiniDonald CalkinsShannon Atkinson, and Rosa Meehan



During the years 2002-2004 estimated sea otter population sizes were calculated for Southeast Alaska, Prince William Sound, and the Kenai Peninsula and Cook Inlet regions of Alaska. Aerial surveys were conducted by a single observer from a float-equipped Bellanca Scout fixed-wing aircraft flying at 91 m altitude and 65 mph. The surveys followed protocols written by Bodkin and Udevitz (1999). The survey design consisted of systematic sampling of 400 m wide transects that were uniformly placed throughout the survey area. Selection and sampling of transects was proportional to expected sea otter abundance, with most effort taking place in transects over waters 0-40 m in depth. Intensive searches were periodically conducted within transects to estimate the proportion of sea otters not detected on strips. To obtain an adjusted population size estimate, strip counts are adjusted for the area not surveyed and by a correction factor.

Publication type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Title Status of sea otter populations in southcentral and southeast Alaska, 2002-2003
ISBN 1-56612-088-8
DOI 10.4027/asorw.2004
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher Alaska Sea Grant College Program, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Publisher location Fairbanks, AK
Contributing office(s) Alaska Science Center
Description 2 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Conference publication
Larger Work Title Alaska Sea Otter Research Workshop: Addressing the Decline of the Southwestern Alaska Sea Otter Population
First page 12
Last page 13
Conference Title Alaska Sea Otter Research Workshop
Conference Location Seward, AK
Conference Date 5-7 April 2004
Country United States
State Alaska
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