1958 Alaska Fur Seal Investigations
Continued use of the same objectives as the goal for fur seal research and management does not reflect a lack of originality. Much effort is continuously being put into developing new ideas and techniques which will enable researchers to effectively guide the steps required to achieve maximum sustained productivity. Population, reproduction, and mortality studies receive principal emphasis because the problem of fur seal research is largely ecological. In addition to the efforts made to understand the reaction of the fur seal herd to basic environmental factors, research must consider the commercial and economic aspect of the sealing operation.