At one time, Sea Otters could be found along the Pacific Coast from Washington through California. Hunters in the early 1900s nearly eliminated the population for their fur. However, thanks to the efforts of small environmental groups, the re-introduction of Sea Otters has been underway since the 1960s. Included in that re-introduction was an area along the South Oregon Coast at Port Orford in Curry County. But it is believed that group may have migrated south to Northern California. In steps Michele Zwartjes, a field office supervisor with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In a recent presentation before the Coos Co. Board of Commissioners, Zwartjes discussed a feasibility study aimed at introducing more populations of Sea Otters to the Pacific Coast. She states Oregon is the only state that does not have a Sea Otter population, but a river otter population. The study was tasked by Congress to look at the cost, impact and ability to re-introduce the Sea Otter. The Service has through the end of this year to produce that study. Zwartjes, drumming up support, says their final report will emphasize the need for more studying. She admits the fishing industry is not to keen on the idea. Sea Otters feed on sea urchins, Dungeness crab and clams, but she adds they can also help to heal kelp forests.