Congressman Young Introduces Legislation to Enhances the Use of Sea Otter Pelts for Subsistence Purposes
Washington, D.C. – Alaskan Congressman Don Young introduced legislation that will amend the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to allow the sale of the intact pelt of an otter from the Southcentral or Southeast 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.