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NFC: Interesting info

I ran across an interesting news blip in the Feb 99 issue of Field and

It mentions fishing in the waters off Alaska and the effects of the
ground fish population being depleted.  Apparently, the pinniped
population has crashed since the ground fish population is so small.

The killer whales which feed on the pinnipeds are now feeding on sea
otters.  Well, the sea otter population is going into another nose dive
and the urchin population is going gangbusters.  The urchins are
destroying the kelp beds which are an important nursery ground for other

Who knows the how this will turn out?  Humans strike again.