1984 Alaska Fur Seal Investigations

July 01, 1984

The United States, Canada, Japan, and the Soviet Union cooperatively 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 (NMML) in Seattle, Washington have conducted annual surveys and studies on U.S.-owned islands. In particular, they have studied the Pribilof Islands and Bogoslof Island in Alaska and San Miguel Island off southern California, all used by fur seals for breeding and hauling out. This report summarizes the research carried out on these islands in 1984. It served as the U.S. contribution to the 28th annual meeting of the Standing Scientific Committee of the North Pacific Fur Seal Commission in Tokyo, Japan in 1985.