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Polar Ecosystems Program Results

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U.S. and Russian Scientists Partner to Study Polar Bear and Seal Populations

A cooperative aerial survey using innovative technology opens new possibilities to monitor mammals on Arctic sea ice.
May 17, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Aerial photo of a polar bear on sea ice with a superimposed enlarged image. Polar bear image captured during aerial survey of the Chukchi Sea. Credit: NOAA Fisheries.

Condition of Seals Declined During Rapid Warming in Alaska

A new study finds quantitative evidence of climate-related impacts on these typically adaptable, resilient predators.
January 27, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Photo of a spotted seal mother and pup sitting on an ice floe. Spotted seal mother and pup in the Bering Sea. Photo: NOAA Fisheries.

Marine Mammal Laboratory Staff Publications by Year

The following documents provide citable lists of all Marine Mammal Laboratory publications by year from 2000-2018.
Aerial view of whale swimming in water

Multi-Year Study Seeks to Understand Potential Impact of Tour Vessels on Harbor Seals in Alaska's Disenchantment Bay

Scientists work to identify potential impacts of tour vessels on harbor seal populations in the bay.
April 04, 2018 - Feature Story ,
Two seals laying on a sheet of ice in the ocean with more ice in the background.

Harbor Seal Survey in Alaska

Two NOAA Twin Otter aircraft were used to conduct the aerial surveys with the support of NOAA’s Aircraft Operations Center.
Map of Alaska showing the survey effort of seals on shore with red dots and survey effort of seals on glacial Ice with black triangles.

Harbor Seal Research in Alaska

We conduct research on Alaska harbor seal population abundance and trends, a priority for the Alaska Fisheries Science Center since the 1980s. We are required to conduct this research under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, which established a national policy to prevent marine mammal populations from declining beyond the point where they cease to be significant functioning elements of the ecosystem. Our long-term datasets, combined with satellite telemetry studies of movement and behavior and new statistical techniques, enable us to estimate abundance and trends for the 12 recognized stocks of harbor seals in Alaska.
Seal with tracker poking its head out of a boat ready to dive into the water

Alaska Fish Research Surveys

NOAA Fisheries scientists conduct a variety of ongoing field studies and surveys to help us better understand and predict marine life abundance in Alaska. We also collect a variety of information about the environment in which they live.

Ice Seal Research in Alaska

Research on bearded, ringed, spotted, and ribbon seals.
Ice Seal poking head out of water