Fish & Wildlife Director Hears Sea Otter Concerns

The head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was in Sitka over the weekend to hear concerns about sea otters.

The marine mammals are protected by federal law, but Alaska Natives are allowed to hunt them. Some of them say the regulations on what they can do with otter pelts are confusing, and have led to scrapes with the law.

Meanwhile, commercial fishermen who dive for shellfish in Southeast Alaska say expanding otter populations are wiping out their fisheries.

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