Sea otters are important to us and our ecosystem in many ways.  As apex predators they play an important
function in their own food web, as a keystone species they have an impact outside of their food web by
playing a key roll in maintaining the kelp forest habitat and as an indicator species they provide insight into
the health of the near shore environment.
Sea otters are perhaps the most studied and best understood marine mammal.  It is clear now that sea otters
often suffer from suppressed immune systems and they are swimming in an ever thickening soup of disease.
Our speaker will discuss current population trends along with actions that can be taken to encourage sea otter
recovery and improved ocean health. This discussion will include the impact of toxic chemicals, sewage,
domestic and feral cat feces, jet skis and fishing gear on the well being
and recovery of the sea otter population.
Our speaker is executive director of both The Otter
Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to the recovery of the
California sea otter and near shore ocean health and the Monterey
Coastkeeper, a water quality watchdog group. Steve also serves on the US
Fish and Wildlife Service Sea Otter Recovery Implementation Team and
is Co-Chair of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Conservation Working Group.
Saving sea otters is the right thing to do and benefits us all. Please join us
and learn about real solutions and real actions that will support the
continued recovery of this important marine mammal.