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Title: Harbor Seal Recovery: Application of New Technologies for Monitoring Health

Project Year and Number: 2002: 02558

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2003: 030558, 2001: 01558

Principal Investigator (PI): Shannon Atkinson, Alaska SeaLife Center

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Gulf of Alaska

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Harbor Seals

Abstract: This project will investigate the potential for new technologies to assess and monitor the endocrine and immune systems as diagnostic measures of the health of harbor seals. Analysis of thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), and cortisol (primary metabolic and gluconeogenic hormones), and measurement of immunoglobulins (IgG, IgM, and IgA) and the body burden of organochlorine contaminants will provide an assessment of both permanently captive seals as well as seals that are brought into the Alaska SeaLife Center for rehabilitation. Once the profiles of healthy seals and those failing to thrive in their natural environment are assessed, these techniques will be evaluated for routine monitoring of free-ranging seals in an effort to restore this species.


Keywords

Species Marine Mammals - Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, walrus)
Fields of Expertise Management & Policy
Population Biology
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection

Proposal: View PDF (228 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2002

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2002

Annual Report: 2002: Not Available

Final Report: See Project 496

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2003: 030558 View (PDF) 2003: Not Available
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2001: 01558 View (PDF) 2001: View (PDF)
See Project 030558 See Project 030558