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Burgeoning sea otter population in southern Southeast Alaska depletes commercial fishery species

Three floating sea otters

Juneau, Alaska—Sea otters enjoy feeding on sea cucumbers, sea urchins, Dungeness crabs and geoducks. Unfortunately, so do people. In southern Southeast Alaska, commercial fisheries for these invertebrate species provide income for local economies. At the same time, a growing population of sea otters is consuming the invertebrates. Predation from the otters is already having an…

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