2002. River otters need healthy aquatic habits to survive. Mortality results directly from disease (limiting factor) caused by the novel pathogens (threat) and possibly influenced by reduced immune-competence resulting from contaminant body burden (threat), but also via increased predation (a limiting factor) by sharks of sick animals. Watson, J.C. 1993. During this time Sea Otters were also reintroduced to parts of Southeast Alaska, Washington and Oregon. Veterinary Pathology 30:1-11. 1985. 2010. 23pp. “Those people up there were very upset about having [the otters] around because they’re eating everything up,” he says. The species is also listed in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) Appendix II, which controls their trade, to prevent utilization of the species in ways that would be incompatible with their survival. By 1911, the world population numbered fewer than 2,000 animals (Kenyon 1969). A list of trading vessels in the maritime fur trade, 1785–1825. Details are provided for each threat, prioritized by level of concern, with the most significant threat listed first, as follows: environmental contaminants – oil spill (which had a corresponding high level of concern), illegal kill (medium), entanglement in fishing gear (medium), environmental contaminants – persistent bioaccumulating toxins (low), disease and parasites (low), collision with vessels (low), human disturbance (low), and directed harvest (low). Prior to the maritime fur trade of the 18th and 19th centuries, Sea Otters ranged from northern Japan to central Baja California, Mexico but commercial exploitation commencing in the 1740’s led to near extinction of the species. The first case of mortality from Sarcocystis nerona in British Columbia was detected this way. Endangered Species Research 12:219-229. 2004. Marine Pollution Bulletin 20:419-420. Once the fur is fouled, Sea Otters ingest oil as they groom themselves. *IMPORTANT NOTICE AND DISCLAIMER: DFO does not assume any responsibility for the quality of information, products or services listed in the Web sites provided above. 1994. Continued increases in the shipment of petroleum along the British Columbia coast is anticipated in the near future. Research is needed to investigate this interaction. Tinker, A.B. (2002) examined, the genetic diversity of the Canadian Sea Otter population compared to other extant populations, as well as pre-fur trade ancestors, is not known. 2009. Conrad and J.A.K. In the absence of information regarding levels of persistent organic contaminants in Sea Otter population in British Columbia, information from other populations is presented here for review. Surveys in 2008 resulted in a count of 4,110 Sea Otters along the Vancouver Island coast and 602 on the central British Columbia coast (Nichol et al. 2000a. Improve estimation of all sources and magnitude of human-induced mortality. The West Coast Aquatic Management Association and the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre developed guidelines for viewing Sea Otters as part of their Habitat Stewardship Program project in 2004. Williams, and D.F. Were threats to Sea Otters and their habitat mitigated to provide for continued conservation. 2010). Canadian Journal of Zoology 62:637-647. There is also a proposed development for the Northern British Columbia coast to transport dilute bitumen from Kitimat, British Columbia to Asia Pacific and US markets via149 outbound transits per year using Very Large Crude Carrier tankers (more than two times the size of the Exxon Valdez) and 71 inbound transits of tankers carrying condensate (Enbridge Northern Gateway Project 2010). These are threats that have been identified and found to be significant in other Sea Otter populations (see Section 4 Threats). The expansion of the geographic range of Sea Otters in coastal British Columbia will reduce population-level vulnerability to catastrophic events such as oil spills. Archaeological evidence indicates that for thousands of years, indigenous peoples have hunted sea otters for food and fur. Today, restoring the animal populations in the British Columbian bay increased the small population of less than 100 to over 7,000 sea otters. Canadian Technical Report of Fisheries and Aquatic Science 2894: xiii + 224 pp. En3-5/45-2014E-PDF. The Checleset Bay Ecological Reserve was established in 1981 by the Province of British Columbia to protect Sea Otter habitat. Users should also be aware that information from external sources is available only in the language in which it was provided. Sea Otters lack a blubber layer and thus relay on a high metabolic rate and their fur to maintain their body temperature. Northward expansion of this population across Juan de Fuca Strait to Vancouver Island where there is suitable Sea Otter habitat is a future possibility (Gerber et al. Grigg. The effect of oil spills on Sea Otters is well documented (e.g. Miller, M.A., P.A. Prepared for: Habitat Stewardship Program. 2003. Many of the conservation measures that fall under these broad strategies are currently underway (see Section 6.1 ‘Actions Already Completed or Currently Underway’). 1996. The Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) is a marine mammal that was listed as a species of “Special Concern” under the Species at Risk Act (SARA) in March 2009. “We ended up with what we call urchin barrens,” Gregr says, “places that are basically devoid of plant life and are covered in urchins because they eat any kelps that happen to grow up.”. Adequate monitoring and management will be necessary to ensure harm and mortalities are minimized, and do not pose a threat to the population in British Columbia. Southern sea otter as a sentinel of marine ecosystem health. 1982. Examine and support mitigation options, such as spatial/temporal closures, in areas where fisheries interactions are known to occur. 2005. British Columbia Provincial Museum Handbook No. Duggins. Kuker, K., and L. Barrett-Lennard. All but the Oregon reintroduction were successful in establishing population (Jameson et al.1982). Academic Press, San Diego, California. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 30:2184-2193. Bioaccumulation of PAHs in marine invertebrates. Conrad, M. Harris, B. Hatfield, G. Langlois, D.A. Marine Mammal Commission. Additionally, they often rest in kelp beds, which can collect and retain oil (Reidman and Estes 1990). “Indigenous people are feeling like they have very little control over a predator that’s directly, and very quickly, reducing the numbers and size of many of the shellfish that are a major source of food,” she says. 1997). 1980. Sea Otters were first protected under the International Fur Seal Treaty in 1911. Figure 3. In the spring of 1989, the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, spilling 42 million litres of crude oil. The following is a description of the threats presented in Table 2. 1997. Province of British Columbia and the States of Washington, Oregon. However, individual adult males establish and occupy breeding territories in female areas. The frenzied demand soon decimated the sea otter population. for decades were reportedly shot off the west coast of Vancouver Island between 1929 and 1930. Nichol, L.M., M.D. The activities implemented by Fisheries and Oceans Canada will be subject to the availability of funding and other required resources. Dabritz, A.E. Even in the absence of catastrophic oil spills Sea Otters are still vulnerable to hydrocarbon contamination. Show Your Support With a Donation. Surveys in 2001 resulted in a count of 2,673 Sea Otters along the Vancouver Island coast and 507 on the central British Columbia coast (Nichol et al. Further, more than 10 years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill, Sea Otters in parts of the Sound that were most heavily oiled have elevated levels of CYP1A3 in liver samples suggesting continued exposure to residual oil in prey and habitat and it is thought that population recovery is constrained at least in part by residual oil effects, despite an adequate food supply (Bodkin et al. Fur colour in adults varies in shades of brown, although the fur may become progressively lighter with age creating a grizzled effect on the head, neck, chest and forelimbs (Estes 1980). Beitler. Skeletons and skins collected from dead animals brought in by DFOs Marine Mammal Response Program have been made available to museums and interpretative centres (e.g. Aerial surveillance and oil spill impacts based on beached bird survey data collected in southern British Columbia. Alces 40:145-159. But life on the coast has also changed since the otters’ absence, and not all residents view their comeback in a favourable light. The slowing growth rate does not appear to be attributable to disease, predation or limiting resources and may be related to illegal and legal harvest (Esslinger and Bodkin 2006). Journal of Wildlife Diseases 39(3):495-509. Home range and territoriality of sea otters near Monterey, California. If you could do something about it, you might feel differently.”, Martin (right) and friend Edward R. Johnson on the lookout for otters in the Tofino harbour (Photograph by Melissa Renwick). Estes, J.L.Bodkin, and D.B. Sea Otters in British Columbia are descendants of the successful re-introductions of 89 Sea Otters (1969 to 1972). Figure 1: Sea otter population measured off the coast of Vancouver Island Sea otters once ranged from Northern Japan to central Baja California, and had an estimated global population of between 150,000 and 300,000. Stability, resilience and phase shifts in rocky subtidal communities along the west coast of Vancouver Island. United States Fish and Wildlife Service [USFW ]. Markel, R.W. John Wiley & Sons, West Sussex, England. Fishing gear that can cause entanglement and drowning, including nets, traps, and fishing debris, is a conservation concern for many marine species; with respect to Sea Otters, this threat is difficult to quantify as drowned Sea Otters sink and are largely undetected. 1991). Queen’s Printer, Victoria, BC. 2000a). Lillard, C. 1989. Limnology and Oceanography 47(5):1438-1446. The levels of PCBs measured in California and Aleutian Sea Otters is considered to be of concern, since similar levels cause reproductive failure in mink, a closely related species (Risebrough 1984 in Riedman and Estes 1990). Toxicology 112:157-169. The Sea Otter was downlisted from “Threatened” status to “Special Concern” under SARA following the 2007 assessment by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as Special Concern due to the increased population growth and range expansion. 2010b; Taylor 1990). United States Fish and Wildlife Service. 2009). By 1911, when an international treaty afforded the creatures some protection, they had shrunk to … 2002. Washington had an estimated population of 1,004 animals in 2010. Kenyon, K.W. But the otters currently enjoy protection from harm and harassment under federal and provincial laws, although Indigenous groups can apply to hunt a limited number for food, social and ceremonial purposes. These concerns are captured in Coastal Voices, an online library featuring scientists, Indigenous leaders and Elders who discuss the effects of the otters’ return to their territories. A large die-off of Sea Otters in the Kodiak Archipelago in the summer of 1987 was in part attributed to PSP poisoning, suggesting Sea Otters are susceptible to this natural phenomenon (DeGange and Vacca 1989). Of recent concern is the emergence of infection and mortality arising from protozoal encephalitis caused by Toxoplasma gondii parasites for which Sea Otters are thought not to be the normal host. Assessment of threats to the population (Table 2) allows for the prioritization of recommended management and other actions to prevent the Sea Otter from becoming threatened or endangered. Estes, and C.A. Report of a workshop to develop a research plan on chemical contaminants and health status of southern sea otters. Figure 3 is a map highlighting the distribution of chronic oil spill probability of occurrence within Canadian Pacific waters, with red lines representing areas of Sea Otter range. There is some debate about this hypothesis but it has been accepted by the US recovery team as the most likely explanation for the observed decline (Kuker and Barrett-Lennard 2010; USFW 2010). Bodkin. Scientific name: Enhydra lutris Average weight: 32 to 41 kg (male) 18 to 27 kg (female) Average height: 1.4 m Average lifespan:15 to 20 years Evidence causally links the threat to stresses on population viability. Conservation measures under the broad strategy of management are provided in Table 3. Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada. Biological and physical dynamics of domoic acid production off the Washington coast. 1993) to 3,905 (DeGange et al. Historical accounts from explorers and maritime fur traders indicate that the west coast of Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and the central and northern mainland coast were important trading destinations, implying an abundance of Sea Otters (Dixon 1789; Howay 1973; Lillard 1989; Dick 2006). and S. neurona was the cause of mortality in one beach cast carcass (S. Raverty pers. Sea otters came under international protection in 1911 and since then, their numbers have rebounded. Temporal and spatial patterns in sea otter (Enhydra lutris) range expansion and in the loss of the clam fisheries. Overall, domoic acid outbreaks seem less common in Canadian Pacific coastal waters than in Washington and California (Klaus Shaillie pers. Ecology 73:413-428. While the extent of accidental drowning of Sea Otters in fishing gear in coastal British Columbia is unknown, there are verified reports of Sea Otter accidental drownings related to net and crab gear (DFO Marine Mammal Response Program, unpublished data). Large-scale hunting, part of the Maritime Fur Trade, which would eventually kill approximately one million sea otters, began in the 18th century when hunters and traders began to arrive from all over the world to meet foreign demand for otter pelts, which were one of the world's most valua… D.F. Ph.D. dissertation. Ross P., R. De Swart, R. Addison, H. Van Loveren, J. Vos, and A. Osterhaus. Reintroduced Sea Otter populations extend through Southeast Alaska, British Columbia and Washington (Estes 1990) (Figure 1). 2011). Southeast Alaska sea otter populations: status and trend 1969 to 2003. Within British Columbia, the species is on the provincial Blue List1 and has received a rank of S3 (S=provincial status, 3=special concern) (British Columbia Conservation Data Centre 2012). Lance, M. M., S. Richardson, and H. Allen. COSEWIC 2007. Diet and foraging behaviour of sea otters in Southeast Alaska. Elsevier Science. Worcester, D.A. Timely information greatly increases the ability of officers to respond to reports. The seaweeds also invite more diverse marine life, including commercial fin fish, worth nearly $10 billion per year. Boogaards, and R. Abernethy. 169 pp. Reviews of Environmental Contamination and Toxicolology 143:79-165. Traditionally, she says, hereditary leaders in nearly all of the affected nations acted as ultimate rights holders, responsible for managing resources such as the seafood, and factors that might threaten that supply. Undertake annual surveys of the Sea Otter population in index areas, areas of range expansion, and other portions of their range as needed, as well as a total population survey every five years to monitor population trends and distribution. ; the animals eat 20 per cent of their body weight each day (Photograph by Melissa Renwick). Short, D. Esler, J.L. 318pp. Worcester, and M.E. Garrett, C., and P.S. In 2014, a workshop at the Hakai Institute, a research institution on the central coast, brought many of these people together with the goal of reimagining the relationship between humans and sea otters. However, disease may become a greater concern in the event that continued increase in population size and range expansion results in spatial overlap with urban areas. 1998; Nakata et al. Pp 37-45, in Marine Mammal Species Accounts. 2010. Coletti, G.G. Doak, B.E. The conservation measures correspond to the structure laid out in section 6.2 of the document, under the broad categories of management, research and monitoring, and outreach and communication. The Sea Otter Canada will represent all of the same great aspects of the classic, while also aiming to introduce some new events including a road team stage race, the Canadian Hill Climbing Championship and the Grind KOM. With grazing pressure reduced, kelp grows more extensively, thereby altering the community from one dominated by grazers with little kelp to one that supports kelp and associated communities of fish and invertebrates (Breen et al. At 20% of sites where sediment was sampled in the British Columbia Sea Otter range, PAH sediment quality guidelines were exceeded. I. Thermoregulatory implications based on pelt studies. Gosho, L. Cooke, R. DeLong, J. Laake, and D. Greene. [accessed January 9, 2012]. Endangered Species Update 13(12):23-27. Additional samples have been stored for further study of contaminants and health effects. Movements, home range, and territories of male sea otters off central California. Many ecologists are quick to praise the so-called “rewilding” effort, as the otters have begun altering their ecosystem closer to an unexploited state. Ross. All Canadians are invited to join in supporting and implementing this strategy for the benefit of the Sea Otter and Canadian society as a whole. Ballachey, A. Johnson, and J.L. comm. Garshelis, D.L., A.M. Johnson, and J.A. 2009). [accessed February 2006]. Scott Islands marine National Wildlife Area proposal (draft), Environment Canada. This article appears in print in the October 2020 issue of Maclean’s magazine with the headline, “Otter, otter everywhere.” Subscribe to the monthly print magazine here. Killer whale predation on sea otters linking oceanic and nearshore ecosystems. While the proposed National Wildlife Area is primarily intended to support the protection and conservation of seabird populations nesting on the Scott Islands, this designation may nonetheless provide further management and protection for Sea Otter habitat. These compounds have recently been measured in Sea Otters in Alaska from 1992 to 2007 (Hart et al. Overall, the threat ofoil spills is considered to be a “high” level of concern because of the highly vulnerable nature of the Sea Otter to oil, and the trend of increased volume and frequency of transport of heavy oil products in Canadian Pacific waters. It has been placed There have been a few incidents in British Columbia in which carcasses have been recovered with evidence of boat propeller marks or blunt force trauma associated with impact from a boat (DFO Marine Mammal Response Network unpubl.). Estes, J.A., and D.O. Growth rate slowed to about 8% per year thereafter on Vancouver Island and has been about 11% per year on the central British Columbia coast. Overall, the threat ofillegal kill is considered to be a “medium” level of concern because it has the potential to significantly impact the population by uncontrolled removals of animals, especially reproductive aged females (Bodkin and Ballachey 2010). Lowenstine, P.A. American Journal of Veterinary Research 66(2):289-99. For example, approximately 1 million litres of crude oil were transported out of the Port of Vancouver in 1988 (Kinder Morgan 2010). Figure 2 is a map highlighting the distribution of Sea Otters within Canadian Pacific waters. North American Fauna 68:1-352. Sea Otter; Sea Pens; Sea Strawberry; Seamounts; Snow crab; Sockeye Salmon; Spiny Dogfish; Thick-billed Murres; Thorny Skate; Tufted Puffin ; Yelloweye Rockfish; the Full Creature Index Show Your Support With a Donation. “Those kinds of things have certainly affected many of the communities that are very isolated, and that do not have direct access to the Co-op grocery store, if you will.”. Final report of the States/British Columbia oil spill task force. River otter populations declined significantly throughout the late 1800s due to over-harvesting and water pollution. 6. Surveys in 2008 resulted in a count of 4,110 Sea Otters along the Vancouver Island coast and 602 on the central British Columbia coast. Risk Assessment and Management of Spills, International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited, Results of the 2010 survey of the reintroduced sea otter population in Washington State [PDF 2.8 Mb], Kinder Morgan Canada presentation [PDF 651 Kb], Major marine vessel casualty risk and response preparedness in British Columbia [PDF 23.3 Mb], Conservation plan for the sea otter in Alaska, USGS [United States Geological Survey]. An estimation of carrying capacity for sea otters along the California coast. 65(1):75-100. 2009). coastline, in a back-from-the-brink recovery some hail as a conservation success story, but others—especially West Coast First Nations—believe is already upsetting the balance of local ecosystems. Johnson, A.M. 1982. Calkins, D.G., and K.B. Whale-watching activity drawn to these nearshore feeding grey whales may disrupt rafts of resting Sea Otters which are sensitive to vessel presence. Ballachey. Miller, C. Kreuder, E.R. Conrad, T.E. A shaded area stretching from Japan, along the Aleutian Islands and down the North American Coast into Mexico shows the historic range. 2003. 1993. Magnification of secondary production by kelp detritus in coastal marine ecosystems. Sea Otter populations that have re-established naturally after exploitation extend from the Gulf of Alaska westward through the Aleutian Archipelago to the Kamchatka Peninsula and the Kuril Archipelago and along the California coast. 2005). But global estimates suggest sea otters numbered 150,000-300,000 in the early 1700s. It has since repopulated 25-33% of its historic range in British Columbia, but is not yet clearly secure. However, relatively few carcasses, with which one can assess cause of mortality, are recovered each year in British Columbia and so the frequency of collisions is not well understood. Though their numbers are still small, their effect on the ecosystem is great. Sea Otters have flattened hindfeet with elongated digits to allow them to swim efficiently while lying on their back and underwater (Kenyon 1969). Finfish and shellfish aquaculture are growing industries on the British Columbia coast and the potential spatial overlap with Sea Otters will increase. Marine Mammal Science 9:156-167. Population range expansion typically occurs when males move en masse from the periphery of the occupied range into previously unoccupied habitat. Ballachey, B.E., J.L. Oliver, A.R. An initial draft of the management plan, along with a discussion guide and feedback form, was made available on the website noted above. 2012. Western and Northern Service Centre, Parks Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They dive for one to two minutes but can stay down for up to five minutes. Several participants highlighted an apparent oversight with the recovery effort: before the animals were exploited for their fur, human hunters acted as a kind of control on their populations, helping coastal communities strike a balance with them; without a mechanism to keep the species in check, that balance is gone. Tinker, M.T. In response to this, the Canadian Sea Otter Recovery Team formed an oil response plan specifically for the sea otter, and implemented it in 2004 (Fisheries and Oceans Canada, 2013). “We don’t have a treaty with anyone.”. Sea otters were originally found throughout the north Pacific including Japan, Russia, the United States, Canada and Mexico. Paralytic shellfish toxins mediate feeding behaviour of sea otters. 1994. 1993). The past decade has seen their numbers soar along the B.C. Également disponible en français sous le titre « Plan de gestion de la loutre de mer (Enhydra lutris) au Canada », ©Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, 2013. Table 1 provides recent population estimates for the Sea Otter by region in North America. First detected on the west coast of North America in 1991, domoic acid has been identified as the cause of several large die-offs of fish-eating sea birds and sea lions in California. Biodiversity and Conservation 13:2741-2757. 1982; Watson 1993; Estes and Duggins 1995). To fuel their metabolism they need adequate food. Figure 2. Although there has been considerable research examining the ecological role of Sea Otters and their influence on nearshore rocky habitats and upon the life history of their prey (see Section 3.3.2 Ecological Role), further research is required to determine Northern Abalone population parameters in the presence of Sea Otters, to determine objectives for Northern Abalone recovery. History and status of  translocated sea otter populations in North America. Reeves, R.R. 2009. However with expansion of the population range and the spatial overlap with fishing activities and aquaculture operations, instances of entanglement may increase and should be monitored. Biology - The sea otter feeds on clams, sea urchins, abalone, crabs, mussels, starfish and fish. Kinder Morgan Canada presentation [PDF 651 Kb]. in P.E.T. Ellis, T.G. The planning process based on national guidelines directly incorporates consideration of all environmental effects, with a particular focus on possible impacts upon non-target species or habitats. Disease is discussed in section 1.5.2 as a threat because of the potential interaction between human influences from contaminant exposure and introduction of novel infectious diseases in Sea Otters and their habitat. As this is an emerging threat, it is anticipated the level of concern will likely increase in the event that directed harvest is approved. 2005; Goldstein et al. This management plan addresses eight classes of threats: environmental contaminants (oil spill), illegal kill, entanglement in fishing gear, environmental contaminants (persistent bioaccumulating toxins), disease and parasites, vessel strikes, human disturbance, and directed harvest. In 2007, a Recovery Potential Assessment was prepared for Sea Otters including an estimate of the level of human induced mortality that the population could sustain and still continue to increase and recover (Nichol 2007). Broad strategies and subsequent conservation measures are summarized and prioritized in Table 3. White Shark (Carcharadon carcharias) predation is a significant cause of mortality in the southern Sea Otter population and has increased through time, particularly during the current and recent period of the southern Sea Otter population decline (Estes et al. 2003. Underwater noise disturbances are not well understood for Sea Otter, but Southall et al. Garshelis. Marine Ecology Progress Series 447:273-287. Levels in Washington Sea Otter samples were on the lower to mid-range of means reported from the Aleutians to California but even at the low levels measured in the whole blood samples from live captured animals, the results suggest that continued monitoring of PCB in the Washington population is warranted (Branacto et al. Studies in the Aleutian Islands indicate that communities dominated by Sea Otters are up to two to three times more productive than systems without Sea Otters because of the kelp-derived carbon (Duggins et al. Emerson. The size of the British Columbia pre-fur trade Sea Otter population is unknown; the fur trade records are incomplete but indicate that Sea Otters were abundant. Designated an endangered species in Canada in 1978, and later downgraded to a species of special concern in 2007, sea otters have since thrived thanks to protection efforts and an ecological shift that’s converted their romping grounds into a highly hospitable habitat. what diseases has the population been exposed to) and to identify pathogens of concern and emerging diseases. Interactions with human activities can be expected to increase as the Sea Otter population expands into previously unoccupied areas. Conrad, and J.A.K. Carpenter, D.A. Sea Otter distribution and abundance are inter-related. [accesed January 2012]. Martin, who’s also a councillor with the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation, says he’s met with several members of nearby Indigenous communities who see the otters as a threat to their food security. However, British Columbia has limited tugboat capacity relative to the amount of coastline to ensure timely rescue in such a situation (Reid 2008). 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