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

Project Year and Number: 2003: 030558

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2002: 02558, 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 study is a continuation of the study to assess the potential for new technologies to monitor the endocrine and immune systems for the health of harbor seals. During year one, baseline samples were collected from both permanently captive and rehabilitation seals at the Alaska SeaLife Center. Analysis of thyroxine (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), and cortisol (metabolic and gluconeogenic hormones), and measurement of immunoglobulins (IgG, IgM, and IgA) and organochlorine contaminants are currently being assessed. Cell lines to quantify immunoglobulins have been initiated, and baseline hormones have been established. FY 03 will compare the profiles of free-ranging seals and those failing to thrive in their environment in an effort to restore this species.


Geographic Regions Gulf of Alaska
Species Marine Mammals - Sea Otters
Fields of Expertise Management & Policy
Population Biology
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Marine – Nearshore
Species Specific Research Issues Marine Mammals - Contaminants
Marine Mammals - Distribution and abundance

Proposal: View PDF (173 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2003

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2003

Annual Report: 2003: Not Available

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2002: 02558 View (PDF) 2002: Not Available
See Project 030558 See Project 030558
2001: 01558 View (PDF) 2001: View (PDF)
See Project 030558 See Project 030558