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Recovery Strategy for the Sea Otter

Appendix A: Record Of Cooperation And Consultation

Sea otters are an aquatic species under federal jurisdiction, managed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada: #200 - 401 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3S4.

Two workshops open to the public were held January 21, 2003 in Queen Charlotte City and January 25, 2003 in Port Alberni, BC. The purpose was to bring together a diverse group of interests to provide input on the draft Sea Otter Recovery Strategy and to share information. Over 400 invitations and 13 public announcements were made. The draft recovery strategy was made available to the public on the internet in advance of the workshops. Proceedings were prepared by Julia Gardner, Dovetail Consulting Inc. and are available athttp://www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/pages/consultations/sea-otters/default_e.htm.

The following organizations provided input on the draft recovery strategy at the workshops. Representation came from:  Ahousaht Nation, Ahousaht Fishing Corporation, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, Batstar Adventure Tours, BC Ministry of Agriculture Food and Fisheries, BC Ministry of Water, Land, and Air Protection, Broken Island Adventures, Camosun environmental technology, Chief Chee Xial Taaiixou, Due West Charters, Ehattisaht Band, Fisheries & Oceans Canada Pacific Biological Station, Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve / Haida Heritage Site, Haida Fisheries Program, Ha-Shilth-Sa newspaper, Hesquiaht First Nation, Hesquiaht Fisheries, Kyuquot, Laskeek Bay Conservation Society, Living and Learning School, Malaspina University-College, Nuu-cha-nalth Tribal Council, Nuu-cha-nulth Tribal Council Education Outreach Habitat Stewardship Program (from WCVI Community Workshops held in Tofino, Kyuquot and Oclucje), Pacific Northwest Expeditions, Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association, Parks Canada Agency, Sea Breeze Kayaking, Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of BC, Sierra Club of BC, Subtidal Adventures, Straitwatch, Ucluelet, Underwater Harvesters’ Association, Vancouver Aquarium, VI Trappers, WCVI Aquatic Management Board, interested biologists and interested public. 

Fifteen written submissions were also received. These were from: Ahousaht Fishing Corporation, Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, BC Youth Forum, BC Seafood Alliance, Grand Hale Marine Products, Gulf Crab Fishery Association, Hi-To Fisheries Ltd., Manatee Holdings Ltd., Pacific Sea Cucumber Harvesters Association, Pacific Urchin Harvesters Association, Prince Rupert, Underwater Harvesters Association, and West Coast Crab Association.

Input from the public workshops and written submissions were adopted wherever possible, including 53 specific comments. Input was used to re-draft the ‘Socio-economic Considerations’ section of the recovery strategy, and the sections related to activities to assist recovery planning, including (but not limited to) the implications of recovery, recovery targets, international aspects, managing of sea otter populations, re-introduction, area management, community involvement, multi-species management, and ecological significance. 

The draft recovery strategy was updated in 2007 (this document) and formatted to meet the requirements of SARA.

 External Reviewers

James BodkinUS Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK. 99503
James EstesAdjunct Professor of Biology, A-316 Earth & Marine Sciences Bldg. University of California Santa Cruz, CA. 95064
Ian PerryFisheries and Oceans Canada, Stock Assessment, Pacific Biological Station, Nanaimo BC, V9R 5N7
Greg Sanders U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, Ventura, CA  93003
Glenn VanBlaricomUS Geological Survey, Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, Box 355020, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. 98195