Posted December 16, 2008, modified January 29, 2009
Southwest Sea Otter Critical Habitat Proposed by USFWS

Southwest Sea Otter Critical Habitat Proposed by USFWS
The USFWS published a proposed rule designating critical habitat for the Southwest Distinct Population Segment of sea otters. The SW DPS encompasses all sea otters from Kamishak Bay in western Cook Inlet westward to Attu Island in the Aleutians, including Bristol Bay, Kodiak Island, Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutian Island Archipelago.

There is a 60-day open comment period. Approximately 15,000 square kilometers of nearshore coastal habitat is proposed for inclusion in 5 separate critical habitat units: (1) Western Aleutian Unit; (2) Eastern Aleutian Unit; (3) South Alaska Peninsula Unit; (4) Bristol Bay Unit, and (5) Kodiak, Kamishak, Alaska Peninsula Unit.

Comments can submitted at the federal rule making portal at (search for sea otter critical habitat). They can also be submitted by hand or by mail to:


Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-R7_ES-2008-0105
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222
Arlington, VA 22203.


Comments must be submitted by February 17, 2009. Faxed or emailed comments will not be considered.

We will be requesting that the comment period be extended, however, in the event that the comment period is not extended it is important to submit comments by February 17, 2009.

Click here for a copy of the Proposed Rule.

For more information, see the USFWS website at:


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