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1956 Alaska Fur Seal Investigations

June 28, 1956

The goal of fur seal management became clearly apparent during the development and final casting of ideas at the North Pacific Fur Seal Conference in 1955-56. The prime objective of management is to attain maximum sustained productivity. The research will be designed to indicate the kind of management practices which will result in achieving the prime objective. Directing of research toward this end will not restrict it to a narrow unimaginative channel because most biological facts about fur seals are useful and necessary for intelligent management. A large part of the effort will. however, be expanded upon those aspects which are indispensable for an understanding of the current composition and condition of the Pribilof seal herd.