:SEA OTTER MORTALITY 199 of growth and decline included a decrease in per capita pup production and massilength ratios of adult carcasses over the 31-yr study. Southern sea otter population in decline. We evaluated the hypothesis that otter densities varied among island groups over time. To avoid the unknown and potentially confounding effects of range expansion and population growth between 1965 and 1992, we repeated the analysis for those islands that Kenyon (1969) assumed to be at or near equilibrial density in 1965 (defined here as that which occurred when populations ceased growing because of resource limitation). Differences in aerial and skiff-based population trends were evaluated using a paired t-test. Nonetheless, the population decline appears to have been relatively recent (Figs. 3a–c) and for those islands that were at or near equilibrial density (noted as K in Figs. Warmer temperatures also speed animal metabolism, driving urchins to eat even more enthusiastically than usual. He was greeted by an ocean filled with furry faces. Decline in Sea Otter Population Foley Ms. Hall 2nd Period Biology This picture was taken by student Sara Rappl, of an otter in an enclosure. We counted sea otters with the unaided eye, using binoculars to confirm sightings or to count animals in large groups. Dr. Estes, who is 74, hasn’t visited the Aleutians since 2015. One controversial hypothesis is that orcas have been eating the otters. We suspect that these various declines are causally linked, and thus the key to understanding the sea otter decline lies with the understanding of why pinnipeds have declined. The annual percentage of decline in population density was calculated for skiff-based and aerial surveys as 100(1 − λ), where λ is the annual rate of population growth (λ = er, r = [ln(Dt+dt) − ln(Dt)]/dt, where Dt = density at year t and dt = number of years between surveys). “They eat them like popcorn,” Dr. Estes said. 2000; Kenyon 1969). Now, Dr. Estes said, more than 90 percent of those otters are gone. Hence, the westward extent of the decline appears to be Attu Island. In 1970, Jim Estes made his first trek up to Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. For southern sea otters to be considered for removal from threatened species listing, the overall population estimate would have to exceed 3,090 for three consecutive years. Map of the study area denoting 6 major island groups (Near, Rat, Delarof, Andreanof, Four Mountains, and Fox islands) in the Aleutian archipelago. Frequency distributions of proportional changes in abundance (Nt2/Nt1) of sea otters among islands in the Aleutian archipelago, a-c) All islands surveyed during both years for which ≥20 otters were counted during at least 1 survey and d-f) only for those islands which were at or near K (defined as the population status when growth ceased because of resource limitation) in 1965. 2; Table 1). Behavior. Fur traders in the 18th and 19th centuries hunted the animals to the brink of extinction, allowing sea urchin numbers to skyrocket, Dr. Rasher said. The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and the M/V Tiglax provided logistical-support. The sea otter population in the Aleutians has declined 70% since 1992, and 95% or more throughout much of the Archipelago since the 1980s. We dedicate the aerial survey work to T. Blaesing, whose creativity and skill facilitated the collection of complete data of high quality. Elevated adult mortality was found to be the primary cause of the population decline, and predation by killer whales (Orcinus orcd) is thought to be the principal reason for this mortality (Estes et al. As they have disappeared, the rest of the local food web has started to crumble — a process that’s been accelerated and compounded by climate change, Dr. Estes and his colleagues report in a paper published Thursday in the journal Science. Population estimates for Amchitka Island in the early 1970s provide no suggestion of a decline (Estes et al. Aerial surveys.—We conducted aerial surveys from 1–30 April 1992 and 11–29 April 2000. In just a few decades, this bustling civilization has withered into a ghost town. This analysis is based on limited data and depends on a variety of simplifying assumptions (most importantly, that the initiation of the decline was instantaneous and that the rate of decline was constant over time). More recently, we have observed a moderate increase in sea otter population density, with a subsequent decline in energy recovery rates. (pdf) Estes, J.A., M.T. Many questions about the geographic extent and ultimate cause of the sea otter decline in southwestern Alaska remain, but our findings demonstrate that once-abundant populations have collapsed across the entire Aleutian archipelago. However, though the protective history of the sea otters looks promising for their future, this nation’s wasteful and lazy attitu… You wouldn’t think sea otters would affect the climate very much, but their existence keeps other parts of the ecosystem in check. “For their size and how cute they are, they are aggressive eaters.”. Remnant populations, located in the central Aleutian Islands, were monitored infrequently through the 1950s (Kenyon 1969; Lensink 1962; Murie 1959). Estimated rates of population decline during the 1990s based on skiff-based and aerial surveys of 6 islands in the western and central Aleutians were 17.7% (±2.98) and 17.5% (±2.29), respectively (Table 2). 1) suggest an increasing population from 1975 to 1994 (Estes 1990; United States Fish and Wildlife Service, in litt. The Aleutian archipelago extends westward from Unimak Pass to Attu Island (Fig. When sea otter populations are healthy, urchin populations are kept in check, and kelp is abundant. The survey crew consisted of a pilot, copilot, 2 observers, and 1 data recorder. For southern sea otters to be considered for removal from threatened species listing, the population index would have to exceed 3,090 for three consecutive years, according to the threshold established under the Southern Sea Otter Recovery Plan by the U.S. These differences demonstrate population declines between 1965 and 1992 and between 1992 and 2000, for all of the islands in the Aleutian archipelago (Figs. We surveyed the shoreline of each island in its entirety. To avoid spurious results, we arbitrarily restricted the latter analyses to islands where 20 or more otters were counted during at least 1 aerial survey. Observers sat aft of the pilots on each side of the plane. In 1992, the survey aircraft was a deHavilland turbine Twin Otter, and in 2000 the survey aircraft was a turbine Aero Commander 690A. Angela M. Doroff, James A. Estes, M. Tim Tinker, Douglas M. Burn, Thomas J. Evans, Sea Otter Population Declines in the Aleutian Archipelago, Journal of Mammalogy, Volume 84, Issue 1, 28 February 2003, Pages 55–64, https://doi.org/10.1644/1545-1542(2003)084<0055:SOPDIT>2.0.CO;2. That could make it hard to sustain larger otter populations: Once introduced, they might just disappear all over again. He doubts he will live to see the otters return. Onset of decline.—To estimate when population declines began in the Aleutian Islands, we first computed trajectories in counts at those islands where ≥3 skiff-based surveys were conducted in the 1990s (Adak, Amchitka, and Kagalaska islands). All statistical tests were considered to be significant when P < 0.05. Population trends.—The general pattern of sea otter recolonization in the Aleutian archipelago through the 1960s was characterized by a slow spread among islands and rapid intraisland population increases after colonization, followed by modest declines and eventual stabilization (Bodkin et al. 3d–f) in 1965. 1978; Kenyon 1969; Lensink 1962). The decline of the sea otter population in the Pacific Northwest has been attributed to? When combined with aerial survey data from 1965, 1992, and 2000, these records are sufficient to chronicle broad patterns of population change across the 6 main island groups. Non-significant results are accompanied by a report of statistical power (1 − β), where β is the probability of making a type-II error. However, this did not prevent the sea otter population from continuing to decline, and in 1929, the last verified sea otter in Canada was shot and killed (Nichol, 2002). J. Bodkin, A. DeGange, D. DeMaster, J. Gittleman, R. Meehan, B. Miller, R. A. Powell, and an anonymous referee provided information or commented on drafts of the manuscript. Adak Island in the central Aleutians was studied extensively in the 1990s during the population decline (Estes et al. A.. Estes J. To quantify the damage, Dr. Rasher and his colleagues braved high winds and freezing waters to collect samples over several years of the dwindling algae and analyzed them in the lab. 1995). Lichens live on the side of trees, getting better access to the sun, with no apparent harm to the tree. ); it is unclear whether equilibrial density had been reached before the onset of the decline. Therefore our estimate of the magnitude of the decline is conservative. Killer whales presumably shifted their diet to include sea otters after populations of their preferred prey, harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) and Steiler sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus), declined. During the past 15–20 years, sea otters Enhydra lutris in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, USA, experienced a drastic decrease in population size. Skiff-based surveys at Attu Island (Fig. We evaluated the null hypothesis that there was no difference between observed and expected distributions. The spring 1999 survey of 2,090 California sea otters indicates the population has declined overall by 1.14 percent since the 1998 spring survey, which revealed that there were a total of 2,114. Historically, more than 90 percent of the eagles' food comes from the ocean. 1998). 1998). With the decline of the sea otter, the urchin population has skyrocketed, leading to diminishing kelp forests. “The reefs are producing less dense skeletons,” Dr. Rasher said. 2000; Kenyon 1969). To quantify uncertainty for these estimates, we computed 95% confidence interval (CI) for both predecline abundance and trend lines for decline, then calculated intersection points for both trajectories and confidence limits. 1978; L. Rotterman and T. Simon-Jackson, in litt.). The mean ratio was then multiplied by the aerial count to obtain a minimal estimate of current population abundance. Many individuals assisted with the skiff-based surveys throughout the 1990s, including D. Irons, J. Meehan, D. Monson, and J. Stewart. United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Marine Mammals Management, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503, USA. At Adak Island (the only site with sufficient data for the analysis) the earliest intersection point suggested that population decline began in 1978; however, 7 of the 9 intersection points occurred after 1985. “There were so many of them, we couldn’t keep track.”. The findings add yet another example to the list of ecosystems being ravaged by an ever-warming world, and underscore how food chain alterations and climate change can disastrously collide. In 2000, we resurveyed 35 transects in the western and central Aleutians. There were no clear patterns to the distributions of the residual values, indicating that the exponential decay function was appropriate for describing the observed trends. Mean encounter rates (otters/km) for the shoreline and transects were compared between 1992 and 2000 surveys. 1 . Estimated dates for the onset of population declines of sea otters at Adak, Amchitka, and Kagalaska islands. Although the population of sea otters continues to decline worldwide there is hope that they will one day return to their former glory in the animal kingdom. The southern sea otter, also called the California sea otter, is a smaller subspecies genetically different from its northern neighbor. The sea otter population was at equilibrial density for several islands in the Rat, Delarof, and western Andreanof islands by 1965 (Kenyon 1969), but numbers declined by 88% by 2000. Burn. This is an example of? But these hidden relationships might contain hints of remedies. Mean annual rates of decline were not significantly different (t = 0.06, P > 0.05). Hence, the eastward extent of the decline apparently occurs somewhere between the Kodiak archipelago and Prince William Sound. The generally high proportion of deaths from infectious disease suggests that this factor has contrib- uted to the chronically sluggish growth rate of the California sea otter popula- But against the backdrop of climate change, Dr. Rasher said, the reef’s safety net is gone. The algae’s decline also seems to be speeding up. Sea otters are an important component of the ocean environment. commensalism. The earliest and most extensive recovery of sea otters after the fur trade occurred in the Aleutian archipelago. Clearly the world has long recognized the need and use of these beautiful creatures, as the first treaty to protect them was signed almost 100 years ago, and they have been included in almost every major animal protection statute since then. By 2000, sea otter densities had declined to a uniformly low level throughout the archipelago (Fig. 1). The severity and geographic extent of this decline raise several conservation concerns. Although the urchins eagerly descended upon the local smorgasbord of kelp, the bubblegum-pink reef beneath them seems to have persisted — in part because healthy algae produce a protective limestone layer that can thwart even the most determined grazers. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide, This PDF is available to Subscribers Only. The sea otter population in the Aleutians has declined 70% since 1992, and 95% or more throughout much of the Archipelago since the 1980s. Counts were recorded separately for each section. “It was spectacularly beautiful.”, When the Otters Vanished, Everything Else Started to Crumble. Fishery Bulletin 103:270-279. The number of sea otters counted decreased by 75% between 1965 and 2000; 88% for islands at equilibrial density in 1965. The shoreline of each island was divided into contiguous segments, each 3–10 km in length and separated by distinctive topographic features (e.g., prominent points of land). Both aircraft were equipped with large bubble windows and long-range fuel tanks. When otter populations recovered after trapping was restricted, the reef rebounded, too. Diverse hypotheses have been advanced to explain the pinniped declines, but their cause (or causes) remains uncertain (National Research Council 1996). 2005. The latest count of this threatened species shows their population dropped to just 2,711, a decline of 3.6 percent. Sea otters in the Aleutian archipelago have declined substantially in number. That could be a difficult task, given the probable cause of the Aleutian Islands’ stunning vanishing of otters. An estimated 6,000 sea otters remain in the Aleutian Islands today. At the present rate of decline, the population will reach the SSORT's recommended criterion for up-listing to Endangered within two to three years. However, in southwest Alaska, sea otters have experienced a sharp population decline in the last 20 years. Aerial surveys have many limitations but provide the only practical means of rapid and complete coverage of sea otter habitat over a vast and remote region. Sample sizes are small, but the difference in encounter rates between years is similar to that observed for nearshore aerial surveys. "A 1 percent decline does not seem like much, but we now have fewer otters than in 1993, and there has apparently been an 11 percent decline since the population peaked in 1995," Shimek said. The 5-year average trend in abundance, including both the mainland range and San Nicolas Island populations, remains positive at 2.3 percent per year. We arbitrarily restricted this comparison to islands at which ≥20 otters were counted during at least 1 of the surveys, to avoid spurious results. Fish and Wildlife Service. 1998; Hatfield et al. Last month the agency released results of its most recent survey, completed in April, which puts the Aleutian population at 6 000 otters, down from a 1980s estimate of 55 000-100 000. For many years, there were no sea otters in Canadian waters and most of the sea otters in the world were … When we limited the analysis to islands at or near equilibrial density in 1965 (Figs. For three consecutive years from 2016 through 2018, the average southern sea otter population, which includes those found in Monterey Bay, narrowly topped the … The minimal population estimate was 8,742 sea otters in 2000. Results of the spring 1998 southern sea otter survey indicate a 5.2 percent decline in … Sea otter (Enhydra lutris) populations were exploited to near extinction and began to recover after the cessation of commercial hunting in 1911. The minimal population estimate was 8,742 sea otters in 2000. Representative densities for each period were based on maximal counts by aircraft for each island divided by the length of shoreline surveyed for each group. Aerial surveys were funded by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, United States Geological Survey, and United States Navy. We analyze trends in sea otter abundance by comparing the number of animals counted over time and by computing proportional changes between time periods. Predecline abundance was estimated from aerial counts conducted in the late 1950s and early 1960s when populations at the islands were presumed to be at equilibrial density (Kenyon 1969), and a correction factor of 3.58 (±0.77) was applied to the counts to adjust for sightability and detection (varying this correction factor between 2 and 4 did not change the results substantively). The decline of the white abalone throughout most of its range over the last century, and the decline of the black abalone in the southern half of its range over the last 3 decades, had essentially nothing to do with sea otter predation. Both skiff-based and aerial and counts indicate an annual decline rate of 17% in the west-central archipelago between 1992 and 2000. This is a minimal estimate of abundance because some unknown proportion of the population is not detected in skiff-based surveys (Udevitz et al. This represents a 3.6 percent drop for the overall population and an 11 percent drop in the number of otter pups, compared to 2009 estimates. Although the California sea otter population is declining, the geographic range of the population continues to expand both to the north and south. Many other carnivorous mammals have been lost from large segments of their historical range, but in nearly all instances the populations dwindled more gradually because of direct human exploitation, predator control, poaching, and habitat destruction. For full access to this pdf, sign in to an existing account, or purchase an annual subscription. 2–4) but well underway by 1992 (Table 1; Figs. Transects were digitized for the entire archipelago and of these, 61 were randomly sampled in 1992. Skiff-based surveys and related studies were supported by the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense Legacy Program. The number of sea otter pups, which represent the future of the species, is down 11 percent. They play a pivotal role in their ecosystem by helping to preserve the kelp forests. By 2000, sea otter densities had declined to a uniformly low level throughout the … “These long-lived reefs are disappearing before our eyes,” said Doug Rasher, a marine ecologist at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Maine and the study’s first author. S. Ashland, B. Elmer, T. Blaesing, and D. Weintraub piloted the surveys. Encounter rates of sea otters for each island were obtained by dividing the uncorrected counts by the length of shoreline surveyed (hereafter these measures are referred to as densities). Dashed lines indicate when no data were available. Climate change has greatly contributed to this occurrence and the decline in the sea otter population. The population decline likely began in the mid-1980s and declined at a rate of 17.5%/year in the 1990s. comm.). By Environmental News Network staff June 9, 1998 Web posted at: 5:37 PM EDT (1737 GMT) (ENN) -- Things are not looking good for southern sea otters. The islands are volcanic in origin, forming a boundary between the Bering Sea and the North Pacific Ocean. These colonies subsequently increased to repopulate much of the sea otters' former range. Thus, the 3 surveys (1965, 1992, and 2000) provide a reasonable assessment of gross change in distribution and relative abundance of sea otters in the Aleutian archipelago over a 35-year period (Fig. We conducted an aerial survey of the Aleutian archipelago in 2000 and compared results with similar surveys conducted in 1965 and 1992. 2000; A. M. Burdin, pers. Multiplying this value by the skiff : aerial correction factor (3.58 ± 0.77; n = 6) provides a population estimate of 8,742 (95% CI = 3,924–13,580) sea otters for the Aleutian Islands in 2000. Southwest Alaska's sea otters, which came back from the brink of extinction in the 1800s, are facing another dramatic decline and could be named a "threatened" species as early as Tuesday. Encounter rates of otters (per km) along transects differed significantly (t = 2.32, P = 0.02) between 1992 (0.04 ± 0.016) and 2000 (0.01 ± 0.004). Proportional changes were then plotted as frequency distributions and contrasted with expected distributions for stable populations, assuming sampling variation but with no prevailing tendency toward increase or decline. 3d–f), the resulting distributions became unimodal and were displaced strongly to the left, indicating an overall decline of 88% (±4.6; n = 21) between 1965 and 2000 (Fig. By 1992, sea otters had repopulated all major island groups, although the status of populations varied among islands. The reading and the lecture are both about theories of the rapid decline in sea otter populations. “You can travel down 10 miles of coastline and never see an animal,” he said. The null hypothesis of no difference between observed and expected distributions was evaluated using a 1-sample K-S test. An estimated 6,000 sea otters remain in the Aleutian Islands today. For power analyses we set α = 0.1, standard deviation equal to that observed and calculated the power to detect a medium effect size (sensu Cohen 1988), given existing sample sizes. In the past several decades, a glut of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has acidified ocean waters, making it harder for algae to armor themselves. In the Aleutians’ delicate seascape, otters hold the entire ecosystem together. By the 1980s, an estimated 55,000–74,000 animals inhabited the archipelago, and continued population growth was expected (D. Calkins and K. Schneider, in litt. In the 1980s, the area was home to an estimated 55,000 to 100,000 sea otters, but the population fell to around 6,000 animals by 2000. Everywhere the young biologist looked, there were sea otters — lollygagging on kelp beds, shelling sea urchins, exchanging their signature squeals. It has been hypothesized that an increase in killer whale Orcinus orca predation was the primary cause of this decline.. 2 . Decline in sea otter (Enhydra lutris) populations along the Alaska Peninsula, 1986-2001. The frequency distributions of the first 3 contrasts (Figs. The decline of the white abalone throughout most of its range over the last century, and the decline of the black abalone in the southern half of its range over the last 3 decades, had essentially nothing to do with sea otter predation. This analysis was done separately for aerial survey data from 1965, 1992, and 2000. But met with weakened reef layers, urchins excavated chasms several millimeters deep — the equivalent of up to seven years of growth. Islands in italics are considered to have been at or near equilibrium density in 1965. The population declined to a uniformly low density in the archipelago, suggesting a common and geographically widespread cause. J. Dunlap provided computer support. We surveyed all major islands and offshore rocks of the Aleutian archipelago except for Chagulak Island in the Islands of Four Mountains, which was omitted because of the high risk associated with flying near its large seabird colony. comm.). We further evaluated trends in sea otter abundance by comparing the number of animals counted by island, island group, and across the archipelago, and by computing proportional changes between time periods (Nt2/Nt1). The population declined to a uniformly low density in the archipelago, suggesting a common and geographically widespread cause. The aircrafts were flown approximately 0.23 km from the shoreline at an altitude of 91 m and an average airspeed of 185 km/h during the surveys, sampling an area from shoreline to approximately 0.7 km offshore (T. Evans et al., in litt.). “The amount of things they control in this ecosystem is pretty astonishing,” said Anjali Boyd, a marine ecologist at Duke University who wasn’t involved in the study. When the researchers grew urchins and algae under conditions that simulated the preindustrial past, the present and a projected future in the lab, they found that contemporary circumstances spurred urchins to gnaw away at algae up to 60 percent faster. “Ocean warming and acidification are making it difficult for calcifying organisms to produce their shells, or in this case, the alga’s protective skeleton,” said Rasher. By the 1950s, sea otter numbers apparently had recovered to pre-commercial harvest levels at some islands in the central Aleutians, although the majority of the archipelago was yet to be re-colonized (Estes 1990; Kenyon 1969). are not readily degraded and do dissolve in fat. Where algae had once coated the Aleutian sea floor like a swath of pink pavement, only patches remained. ESTES ETAL. Analytical methods.—We established early trends of sea otter abundance and distribution in the Aleutian archipelago from historical records provided by Kenyon (1969). 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