Sea otters used to exist along the Oregon coast, but were from these waters during the Maritime Fur Trade more than 100 years ago. Now, environmental managers are considering reintroducing the once native sea otter. The likelihood of reintroduction success is unclear, and managers seek to better understand these knowledge gaps before deciding whether to proceed with such an effort. To address these uncertainties, we must first answer two key ecological questions:
(1) Does Oregon have suitable sea otter habitat, and what ecological or anthropogenic factors may influence the likelihood for reintroduction success?
(2) How might sea otters alter or change Oregon’s nearshore ecosystems, if they were to be reintroduced?
The Oregon Chapter of the American Cetacean Society is having their monthly meeting on Saturday June 1st, from 10:00AM to 12:00PM.The meeting will be held at the Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye, Newport, OR. The event is free and open to the public. Join us for “An ecological assessment of a potential sea otter reintroduction to Oregon” by guest speaker Dominique Kone.
Dominique’s talk will address these questions by explaining what this information and answers to these questions could mean for the broader reintroduction effort.
Dominique is a masters student studying Marine Resource Management at Oregon State University (OSU). For his thesis work, Dominique is assessing the ecological factors and implications of a potential sea otter reintroduction to Oregon. Before joining OSU, Dominique worked in the marine and wildlife conservation field by developing and applying scientific research to inform policy and management. As an ecologist, Dominique merges his experience in science and policy to better use targeted research for the conservation and effective management of at-risk marine species and ecosystems. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies Science with a concentration in Conservation Biology from Colby College.
The American Cetacean Society protects whales, dolphins, porpoises, and their habitats. The non-profit organization was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in San Pedro, CA. Information on the ACS can be found on the website: www.acsonline.org
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