The population explosion of voracious purple sea urchins along the Oregon and California coasts (The Pilot, Nov. 19) threatens our lucrative abalone and rockfish fisheries and their kelp forest habitats.

Reintroducing sea otters to Curry County would effectively control the urchins -- and also delight tourists. Sea otter reintroductions in Washington state have resulted in a growing population of more than 2,800 individuals.

Here in Oregon, the Elakha Alliance (www.elakhaalliance.org) seeks to restore a healthy population of sea otters to our coastline and, in the process, help make the marine ecosystem more robust and resilient. Local involvement and support are essential to achieving these goals.

Paul Sherman

Gold Beach

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