Researchers to conduct harbor seal catch-and-release in Alsea Bay, April 7th 2015
(Waldport – April 1, 2015) – Researchers at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, Moss Landing Marine Labs, Alaska SeaLife Center and San Jose State will be conducting captures of harbor seals within Alsea Bay on April 7th, and in Netarts Bay on April 8th and 9th.
These captures will be boat-based and will involve researchers catching and restraining adult male seals for a short period of time. The purpose of this research is to attach external satellite tags to the heads of the seals, which will then relay locational data for the animals over time.
The team will consist of 12-13 members from various institutions, as well as a veterinary staff.
The researchers ask that residents keep a safe and respectful distance from the seals being monitored, and keep all pets on leash away from the seals. All captures and procedures will be conducted under institutional permits for Oregon State University, the MMPA and NMFS Permit # 16691.