Alaska Pinniped Research Program

The objective of the Alaska Pinniped Research Program is to provide financial assistance for the development and implementation of research programs that: 1). Support effective conservation and management of seals, sea lions, and Northern fur seals in Alaska; and 2). Implement high priority research objectives or answer research needs as specified in NMFS recovery plans, conservation plans, research plans (including those developed with Alaska Native co-management organizations), or post-delisting monitoring plans for these species.

Proposals for Funding under the FY2016 Alaska Pinniped Research Program

  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Tracing Pathways of Mercury Exposure to Alaska Pinnipeds in the Aleutian Islands and Bering Sea - $456,345.
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks - Adverse Effects of Contaminants in Steller Sea Lions: Immune and Oxidative Stress Status. $201,414
  • Alaska SeaLife Center, Lactation and Pregnancy Related Reproductive Energetics in Steller Sea Lions, $107,925 
  • Alaska SeaLife Center, Comparative Measures of Health and Physiology for Ice-Dependent Seals, $327,200 
  • Alaska SeaLife Center, Long-Term Monitoring of Trends in Steller Sea Lion Behavior, Ecology, Vital Rates, and Demography, $164,290 
  • Colorado State University, Integration of Northern Fur Seal Health Metrics Into Ongoing Vital Rates Monitoring, $63,520 
  • North Pacific Marine Science Foundation,  Consortium Captive Pinniped Research Program, $122,438.  
  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Pinniped Research,  $1,822,412 
  • University of California San Diego, Assessment of Oceanographic and Trophic Causes of Marine Mammal Declines in the North Pacific and Bering Sea Using Compound Specific Stable Isotope Analysis of Archived Northern Fur Seal Teeth. $177,304
     

Proposals for Funding under the FY2015 Alaska Pinniped Research Program

  • Alaska Department of Fish and Game - Alaska Pinniped Research – $1,572,754
  • Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission - Harbor Seal Biosampling – $240,000
  • North Pacific Marine Science Foundation - Pinniped Studies - $334,784
  • Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science - Steller Sea Lion Survival and Reproductive Rates: Demographic Consequences of Environmental Variability, Local Fishing Effort and Individual Heterogeneity - $170,000
  • Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science - Reproduction, Survival, and Depredation in Harbor Seals - Phase 1 - $240,000
  • Seward Association for the Advancement of Marine Science - Comparative Measures of Health and Physiology for Ice Dependent Seals - $400,000
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks - Alaskan Pinniped Ecotoxicology - $370,462
  • University of California San Diego - Assessment of Oceanographic and Trophic Causes of Marine Mammal Declines in the North Pacific and Bering Sea Using Compound Specific Stable Isotope Analysis of Archived Northern Fur Seal Teeth - $172,000