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Alexandra (Alex) Ravelo has wanted to be a scientist for as long as she can remember. She says her parents, who are researchers in the fields of agricultural botany and climate, were a big influence, and from an early age they taught her to love nature and to never stop asking questions. Read Alex's full profile
Burgeoning sea otter population in southern Southeast Alaska depletes commercial fishery species
Sea otters enjoy feeding on sea cucumbers, sea urchins, Dungeness crabs and geoducks. Unfortunately, so do people.
In southern Southeast Alaska, commercial fisheries for these invertebrate species provide income for local economies. At the same time, a growing population of sea otters is consuming the invertebrates. Predation from the otters is already having an economic impact on commercial fisheries, and the effect is likely to be even greater as the sea otter population continues to increase.