Alaska Steller Sea Lion Count Database (Non-pups)

September 13, 2015

This database contains counts of adult and juvenile (non-pup) Steller sea lions on rookeries and haulouts in Alaska made between 1904 and 2015. Non-pup counts have been conducted throughout the year. Breeding season (June-mid July) non-pup counts are used for population trend analysis, while counts at other times are used for analyses of distribution and for other purposes. Non-pups are counted from the ground (by walking along the rookery), from cliff-side overlooks, and from aerial imagery (oblique and vertical orientation). Non-pup counts represent only a fraction of the total number of animals that may use a site. Sea lions haulout less frequently in winter than in summer; thus, winter counts represent a smaller fraction of the total population than summer counts.

Data must be cited as: AFSC / MML / Alaska Ecosystem Program (2016). Counts of Alaska Steller sea lion adult and juvenile (non-pup) conducted on rookeries and haul-outs in Alaska Aleutian Islands, Bering Sea, and others from 1904-01-01 to 2015-08-01 (NCEI Accession 0128190). NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information. Dataset. doi:10.7289/V54F1NP1 [access date].

Last updated by Alaska Fisheries Science Center on 09/13/2018

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