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Title: Harbor Seal Recovery: Effects of Diet on Lipid Metabolism and Health

Project Year and Number: 2001: 01441-CLO

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2002: 02441, 2000: 00441, 1999: 99441

Principal Investigator (PI): Randall Davis, Texas A&M University

Assisting Personnel: Tammy Adams, Daniel Cowan, Amanda Fuson, Shane Kanatous, Todd Miller, Lori Polasek, Rebecca Watson

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Harbor Seals

Abstract: Ecosystem-wide changes in food availability could be affecting harbor seal population recovery. To better understand the results from field studies of harbor seal health, body condition, and feeding ecology, data is needed for seals on diets that vary in nutritional composition. Working with the Alaska SeaLife Center, this project will determine how fatty acid profiles in the blubber of captive harbor seals change over time during controlled diets of herring and pollock. In addition, the project will assess the aerobic capacity and lipid metabolism of skeletal muscle in harbor seals fed controlled diets and in wild harbor seals in Prince William Sound. The results will enhance understanding of the nutritional role and assessment of dietary fat for harbor seals.


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Proposal: View PDF (171 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2001

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2001

Annual Report: 2001: Not Available

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2002: 02441 View (PDF) 2002: Not Available
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2000: 00441 Not Available 2000: Not Available
See Project 01441-CLO See Project 01441-CLO
1999: 99441 Not Available 1999: View (PDF)
See Project 01441-CLO See Project 01441-CLO