Sea otters saved again

Sea otters saved again

Sea otter conservation
Credit: James Thompson

The recovery of sea otter (Enyhdra lutris) populations near Canada’s Vancouver Island is a conservation success story – but coastal communities and fisheries are feeling the pinch as they must now compete with them for their favourite shellfish.

In the long-term, however, scientists have calculated that the otters’ impact on ecosystems could bring substantially greater financial rewards, offering a modelling framework to evaluate long-term ecological changes driven by such apex predators.


Published by Cosmos.

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