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6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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The Return of Sea Otters: Considering the Ecological and Cultural Dimensions of Restoration presented by Peter Hatch

Suggested donation: $5 (or what you are able).*


Peter Hatch is the Secretary for the Board at the Elakha Alliance. He is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and works in the tribe’s Cultural Resources office. He’s been fishing, clamming, and crabbing in Lincoln County his entire life, and wants to ensure that his descendants can always do the same.

It is hard to appreciate the historical, cultural, and ecological significance of a species that disappeared from Oregon’s coastal waters over a century ago. What has the loss of sea otters meant to Oregon’s indigenous peoples? What does their absence mean to the health of nearshore ecosystems? What might be gained from the return of sea otters to Oregon? Peter Hatch from the Elakha Alliance and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz will discuss the history and possible future of sea otters in Oregon.

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