Sitkan Peter Williams is an artist who makes a variety of garments and craft objects from the hides and fur of seals and sea otters — marine mammals that he hunts himself. But Williams did not grow up hunting. He discovered it as an adult, and discovered himself as he learned how to hunt. In order for Williams to expand his business and career, he’d like to sell work outside the state. In fact, he’d like to enter the fur trade on the Eastern seaboard. Subscribe in a reader
There’s more scientific evidence that sea otters reduce the amount of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere. That has meaning for Southeast Alaska, where the population is booming, and Southwest Alaska, where it’s not.
While some people think of sea otters as adorable tourist attractions, others see them as predators in fierce competition for valuable shellfish like abalone, Dungeness crabs and geoducks. Marine mammal biologist Dr. Heidi Pearson is interested in learning more about how sea otter feeding habits may be changing the ecology of Sitka Sound.