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Sea Otter Conservation

  • Covers scientific, cultural, economic and political components of sea otter conservation
  • Provides guidance on how to manage threats to the sea otter populations in the face of future global changes
  • Highlights the effects that interactions of coastal animals have with the marine ecosystem

By: Shawn E Larson(Editor), James L Bodkin(Editor), Glenn R VanBlaricom(Editor)

447 pages, colour photos, b/w illustrations, colour maps, colour tables

Academic Press

Hardback | Jan 2015 | #222809 | ISBN-13: 9780128014028
Availability: In stock
NHBS Price: £54.99 $71/€61 approx

About this book

Sea otters are good indicators of ocean health. In addition, they are a keystone species, offering a stabilizing effect on ecosystem, controlling sea urchin populations that would otherwise inflict damage to kelp forest ecosystems. The kelp forest ecosystem is crucial for marine organisms and contains coastal erosion. With the concerns about the imperiled status of sea otter populations in California, Aleutian Archipelago and coastal areas of Russia and Japan, the last several years have shown growth of interest culturally and politically in the status and preservation of sea otter populations.

Sea Otter Conservation brings together the vast knowledge of well-respected leaders in the field, offering insight into the more than 100 years of conservation and research that have resulted in recovery from near extinction. Sea Otter Conservation assesses the issues influencing prospects for continued conservation and recovery of the sea otter populations and provides insight into how to handle future global changes.


The Conservation of Sea Otters: A Prelude
Shawn Larson and James L. Bodkin

Natural History, Ecology, and the Conservation and Management of Sea Otters
James A. Estes

Historic and Contemporary Status of Sea Otters in the North Pacific
J.L. Bodkin

Challenges to Sea Otter Recovery and Conservation
Brenda E. Ballachey and James L. Bodkin

Sea Otter Conservation Genetics
Shawn Larson, Katherine Ralls and Holly Ernest

Evaluating the Status of Individuals and Populations: Advantages of Multiple Approaches and Time Scales
D.H. Monson and L. Bowen

Veterinary Medicine and Sea Otter Conservation
Michael J. Murray

Sea Otters in Captivity: Applications and Implications of Husbandry Development, Public Display, Scientific Research and Management, and Rescue and Rehabilitation for Sea Otter Conservation
Glenn R. VanBlaricom, Traci F. Belting and Lisa H. Triggs

The Value of Rescuing, Treating, and Releasing Live-Stranded Sea Otters
Andrew Johnson and Karl Mayer

The Use of Quantitative Models in Sea Otter Conservation
M. Tim Tinker

First Nations Perspectives on Sea Otter Conservation in British Columbia and Alaska; Insights into Coupled Human-Ocean Systems
Anne K. Salomon, Kii'iljuus Barb J. Wilson, Xanius Elroy White, Nick Tanape and Tom Mexsis Happynook

Shellfish Fishery Conflicts and Perceptions of Sea Otters in California and Alaska
Lilian P. Carswell, Suzann G. Speckman, and Verena A. Gill

Conservation in Practice
Linda M. Nichol

Synopsis of the History of Sea Otter Conservation in the United States
Glenn R. VanBlaricom

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