U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released draft of its revised Alaska Sea Otter stock assessment – more than doubled over the past decade, audio

KFSK – The draft estimates a total of 25, 712 otters in the region. The number is based on aerial surveys done by researchers in 2010 and 2011. That compares with 10,563 otters in 2003. The latest numbers won’t come as a surprise to many who have been following this issue. Federal scientists had already presented results from their population studies in public presentations and news reports over the past couple years.  opportunity for public comment. continued