Alaska Harbor Seal Approach Guidelines in Glacial Fjords
This brochure provides guidelines to inform vessel operators and the public how to be mindful of vessel traffic and reduce harbor seal disturbance in Alaska’s glacial fords.
Research by federal and state biologists indicates that a greater separation between vessels and seals is needed in sensitive areas to conserve the value of these unique habitats where seals rest, give birth, nurse young, and molt.
This brochure is meant to inform vessel operators and the public about new approach guidelines for seals in glacial areas, the science of seals and disturbance that underpin these guidelines, and background on tidewater glacial sites as valuable habitats for seals. These guidelines are voluntary but strongly recommended to help vessels comply with the Marine Mammal Protection Act.