Young Introduces Legislation Aimed at Increasing Sea Otter Harvests

Alaska Congressman Don Young introduced legislation that will amend Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow the sale of the intact pelt of an otter from Southeast or Southcentral Alaska stock of northern sea otters that have been harvested for subsistence purposes.

“This is another step in the direction of economic independence. Returning Alaska’s Native people the right to make further use of subsistence catches will only enhance the over all benefit a family receives from subsistence activities,” Young said.

Currently, Native subsistence users may only sell sea otter pelts for purposes of authentic native articles of handicrafts and clothing

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