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Sea Otters at Center of National Policy Debate | Care2 Causes

Sea Otters at Center of National Policy Debate | Care2 Causes

Note: This is a guest post from James A. Estes, professor with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz , and a Pew marine fellow . The competing priorities of aiding otter recovery and support for ailing coastal fishing communities appear on a collision course. But sea otters are more than just our cute competition. When we think of predators, we don’t usually think of sea otters, those cute, furry creatures seen in televised nature specials or on visits to aquariums. But that’s what they are, situated near the top of the marine food chain , and their story illustrates the conflict between mankind and all top-level predators, as well as the need to expand our view of the financial and environmental benefits these creatures confer. Sea otters once abounded in coastal waters around the North Pacific Coast from Russia to Mexico. Over decades, they ...

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