1983 Alaska Fur Seal Investigations

July 01, 1983

The United States, Canada, Japan, an~ the Soviet Union cooperatively I carry out research on the northern fur seal, Callorhinus ursinus, on land and at sea under the Interim Convention on the Conservation of North Pacific Fur Seals. As part of the U.S. obligations under this agreement, scientists from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, Washington, have conducted annual surveys and studies on U.S.-owned islands, particularly the Pribi10fs in Alaska and San Miguel off southern California, used by fur seals for breeding and hauling out. This report summarizes the research carried out on these islands in 1983 and served as the U.S. contribution to the 27th annual meeting of the Standing Scientific Committee of the North Pacific Fur Seal Commission in Moscow in 1984.