It is estimated that the worldwide population of sea otters once numbered between several hundred thousand to over one million before being nearly hunted to extinction by fur traders in the 1700s and 1800s. Sea otters finally gained protections with the signing of the International Fur Seal Treaty of 1911, and became listed under the Marine Mammal Protection and Endangered Species Acts in the 1970s. Worldwide, numbers have slowly recovered but still stand far below original population numbers. While sea otters are vulnerable to natural predators, their populations are significantly impacted by several human factors as well.
Direct conflict with humans, such as shootings and entrapment in fishing traps and nets pose a major threat to sea otter populations. Since sea otters eat many of the same shellfish humans like to eat, such as sea urchins, lobster and crab, they often find themselves in the same areas fishermen like to harvest. Some shell fishers view sea otters as competition and a threat to their economic gain. Many fishermen use fishing gear that can entangle sea otters and cause them to drown.
Our bracelets are handcrafted from recycled marine rope collected during beach cleanup projects. Each piece of salvaged rope is unique with slight variations in color and condition, caused by natural weathering. All bracelets are 100% waterproof. Join us in supporting this important cause by helping spread awareness of marine debris and its negative impacts on the environment.
Each bracelet purchased helps keep our oceans clean & represents the life of a marine animal saved from entanglement.
- Color: Green / Orange Fleck
- Hardware: Stainless Steel
- Size: Adult : 6 - 7.5"
- Rope Thickness: 5mm
- Waterproof: YES
- Location Found: Maine, USA
Found by Elliot Jordan with the WashedAshoreStore