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1979 Alaska Fur Seal Investigations

July 01, 1979

Four countries, the United States, Canada, Japan, and the USSR, cooperate in an international program of conservation and research on the northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), a species commercially harvested by the United States on St. Paul of the Pribilof Islands and by the USSR on the Commander and Robben Islands. In return for abstention from pelagic sealing, Japan and Canada share in the harvests on land under terms of the Interim Convention on the Conservation of North Pacific Fur Seals.