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Title: Monitoring, Habitat Use, and Trophic Interactions of Harbor Seals in PWS

Project Year and Number: 1994: 94064

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2001: 01064-CLO, 2000: 00064-CLO, 1999: 99064, 1998: 98064, 1997: 97064, 1996: 96064, 1995: 95064, 1993: 93046, 1992: R073, 1992: MM05, 1991: MM05, 1990: MM05, 1989: MM05

Principal Investigator (PI): Kathy Frost, Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Assisting Personnel: Sara Iverson, Lloyd Lowry, Mike Simpkins, Jay Ver Hoef

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Harbor Seals

Abstract: Harbor seals pup, breed, molt, and feed in Prince William Sound (PWS) and are federally protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Harbor seals are harvested by area residents for subsistence uses, are visually enjoyed by tourists and recreationists, and interact with commercial fisheries. From 1984-1988, harbor seal counts were declining for unknown reasons. After the EVOS, harbor seal populations continued to decline in oiled areas at accelerated rates. No information is available on site fidelity, movements between haul-out sites, seasonal changes in hauling-out patterns, habitats used for feeding, or feeding behavior.

A pilot study conducted in 1991-1992 demonstrated the feasibility of using transmitters attached to harbor seals to gather data on their behavior and habitat use in PWS. A continuation of the use of satellite linked transmitters, incorporated with data obtained in previous years’ studies, may provide resource managers with information to design effective conservation measures.


Keywords

Geographic Regions Prince William Sound
Species Marine Mammals - Pinnipeds (seals, sea lions, walrus)
Fields of Expertise Ecology
Technological Methods Geographic information systems/Mapping
Radio Tagging
Remote sensing – In Situ

Proposal: PDF Not Available

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 1994

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 1994

Annual Report: 1994: View (1,416 KB)

Final Report: See Project 433

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2001: 01064-CLO View (PDF) 2001: Not Available
View No datasets
2000: 00064-CLO Not Available 2000: Not Available
See Project 01064-CLO See Project 01064-CLO
1999: 99064 Not Available 1999: Not Available
See Project 01064-CLO See Project 01064-CLO
1998: 98064 Not Available 1998: View (PDF)
See Project 01064-CLO See Project 01064-CLO
1997: 97064 Not Available 1997: View (PDF)
See Project 01064-CLO See Project 01064-CLO
1996: 96064 Not Available 1996: View (PDF)
See Project 01064-CLO See Project 01064-CLO
1995: 95064 Not Available 1995: View (PDF)
See Project 01064-CLO See Project 01064-CLO
1993: 93046 Not Available 1993: View (PDF)
See Project 01064-CLO See Project 01064-CLO
1992: R073 Not Available 1992: Not Applicable
See Project MM05 See Project MM05
1992: MM05 Not Available 1992: Not Applicable
View No datasets
1991: MM05 Not Available 1991: Not Applicable
See Project MM05 See Project MM05
1990: MM05 Not Available 1990: Not Applicable
See Project MM05 See Project MM05
1989: MM05 Not Available 1989: Not Applicable
See Project MM05 See Project MM05