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Sea Otter Taggers

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under authorization of the the Marine Mammal Protection Act, have regulations that require that all sea otter hides and skulls be tagged by a representative of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The Marking, Tagging, and Reporting Program (MTRP) is implemented through resident MTRP taggers located in coastal villages and communities throughout Alaska. The main purpose of the program is to track Alaska Native harvest and to control the illegal take, trade or transport of marine mammal parts. The MTRP Program has been in place since 1988.

The Rule requires that sea otter hides and skulls be tagged within 30 days of harvest. Failure to comply can result in serious fines and/or seizure of the items (up to $10,000 for each infraction).

There are more than 150 taggers located in 103 villages. If you have pelts that need to be tagged, TASSC is a tagger in the Anchorage area. To find out if there is a tagger in your community, please contact TASSC at 800.474.4362 or John Trent, USFWS at 800.362.5148.

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updated 27 October 2008


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