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Sea otters are crucial indicators of the health of our nearshore waters and coastal resources, from kelp forests to fisheries. What clues does the sea otter's decline hold for our knowledge of ecosystem and global change? U.S. and Canadian researchers have teamed together to  investigate.



  • The Investigation
    Explore the scene and hunt for clues in sea otters and the nearshore ecosystem
  • A Team Effort
    Meet the investigators and partners and see where they work
  • For Policymakers
    Retrieve memos and contacts explaining project implications for your region
  • For Media
    Download press kits and multimedia packages
  • For Scientists/Managers
    Look up detailed study plans, publications and briefings generated by project scientists

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