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Coastal Voices:

Navigating the return of Sea Otters


In June 2014, a diverse group of people with a shared passion for our oceans risked to think in new ways and listen to new ideas. We are a group of First Nations leaders, artists, scientists and journalists who gathered together on British Columbia’s central coast to discuss the profound transformations triggered by the recovery of sea otters.  Through the lens of traditional knowledge and western science, our goal was to share information and begin a respectful dialogue to better equip coastal communities with strategies to navigate the ecological and socio-economic changes that come with the recovery of this predator. Watch our conversation.                                                                                                                                                                         




Coastal Voices: Navigating the Return of Sea Otters

Read the Book Chapter:

First Nations Perspectives on Sea Otter Conservation in British Columbia and Alaska: Insights into Coupled Human Ocean Systems

Highly valued, hunted, controlled and traded by indigenous people for at least 12,000 years, sea otters and humans along North America's northwest coast share a deep history. This book chapter synthesizes archaeological evidence, historical records, traditional knowledge and contemporary ecological data to illuminate how coastal First Nations used, managed and conserved sea otters and our shared ocean home.





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