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Reintroducing Sea Otters along the Pacific Coast

Published: January 24, 2023

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s report “Feasibility Assessment:  Sea Otter Reintroduction to the Pacific Coast” is now available.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was directed by Congress to look at the feasibility and cost of reintroducing sea otters on the Pacific Coast, including Oregon, Washington, and California. This directive stemmed from language that was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for 2021, Sea otters have been absent from most of the Pacific Coast for more than 100 years, since their near extinction as a result of the maritime fur trade. 

Read the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors' formal letter of support here.