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1957 Alaska Fur Seal Investigations

June 28, 1957

The goal of fur seal research and management is not a changing target. Therefore, the objectives are essentially those stated previously. Some aspects are more clearly defined but the primary objective of fur leal management is still to attain maximum sustained productivity. The research will continue to be designed to indicate the steps necessary to ~chieve the primary objective and to recognize what progress is being made toward it. Population, reproduction, and mortality studies receive principal emphasis because the problem is largely an ecological one. The investigators are attempting to understand the reaction of the fur leal herd to various environmental factors including harvest by man.