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NOAA Fisheries Confirms Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Linked to Recent Increase in Seal Deaths in Maine

July 06, 2022

Beginning in June 2022, Marine Mammals of Maine—a NOAA Fisheries authorized marine mammal stranding network partner—has responded to an elevated number of stranded seals.

NOAA Fisheries will host a video teleconference with Marine Mammal Stranding Network, state, and federal partners to share information and answer questions about recent seal deaths in Maine resulting from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1.

Although this video teleconference is intended for the media, our Marine Mammal Stranding Network partners, local, state, and federal officials are also welcome to join. However, we will reserve questions for the media only.

For more information, please read the web story and the associated Maine Seal Stranding Event Frequently Asked Questions.

Media contact: 

Allison Ferreira, Allison.ferreira@noaa.gov, (978) 281-9103


Wednesday, July 6, 2022, at 1 p.m. ET (USA)


  • Ainsley Smith, Regional Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator, NOAA Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
  • Lynda Doughty, Executive Director, Marine Mammals of Maine
  • Julianna Lenoch, USDA, Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Disease Program Coordinator
  • Bryan Richards, USGS National Wildlife health Center, Emerging Disease Coordinator


  • Webinar 
  • Questions and Answers


Register for the webinar. You will be prompted to choose one of the following audio options when registering. 


When the webinar begins, you will be connected to audio using your computer's microphone and speakers. A headset is recommended.


If you prefer to use your phone, you must select "Use Telephone" after joining the webinar and call in using the numbers below.

United States: +1 (631) 992-3221

Access Code: 799-990-496

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar

Following the call, a recording of the webinar will be posted by noon, July 7, under the “More Information” box in the web story.

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