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PubTalk 9/2012 — Pacific Nearshore Ecosystem Mysteries

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--from kelp forests to fisheries, sea otters aid in studying ocean vitality

by USGS Research Wildflife Biologist James Bodkin


  • Nearshore marine ecosystems face unprecedented challenges, regionally and globally, with threats from adjacent lands and oceans
  • Sea otter populations are experiencing reduced rates of increase across much of their range
  • Scientists are evaluating the status of north Pacific nearshore ecosystems from southern CA to southwest Alaska looking for clues about processes influencing the sea otter and the nearshore environment
  • New technology is being used to study nearshore food webs, define the effects of adjacent watersheds, and demystify sea otter behaviors




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