Sea Otter Symposium

October 5, 2021 - 1:15 PM
Elakha Alliance

Sea otter feeding.\Photo by Max Lipman.
Sea otter feeding.\Photo by Max Lipman.

The Elakha Alliance, which is working toward the potential restoration of sea otters to Oregon’s coastal waters, hosts its second annual online symposium on Oct. 5-7.  The focus of this year’s conference will be the key findings in the scientific Feasibility Study draft the group recently released.

The sea otter science symposium kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 1:15 p.m.  The first speaker, Dr. Tim Tinker, a research wildlife biologist and adjunct professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz, will discuss the feasibility study and its takeaways.

Other speakers during the afternoon, through 4 p.m., will discuss the results of earlier efforts to translocate sea otters to develop new populations, consider the legal and regulatory implications, and describe the threats to the health and welfare of the animals.

They symposium’s keynote talk, at 7 p.m., will feature three speakers with three views of kelp:  Dr. Kyle Cavanaugh, a professor of geography at the University of California at Los Angeles; underwater photographer Patrick Webster; and artist Emma Akmakdjian.

To register for the symposium, go here.