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Harbor seals in Rockland, Maine.
Photo credit: John Jansen, NMML/NOAA

Seal Tagging in Rockland: April 12-18, 2012

Posted 04/24/2012

Researchers conducted similar harbor seal live capture, tagging and health assessment studies in Penobscot Bay off Rockland, Maine shortly after the Chatham, MA seal tagging efforts had ended. Using two small boats from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC)'s Woods Hole Laboratory and another small boat from the University of Maine, a team of scientists live captured seals, collected biological samples for health assessments and genetic studies, and placed flipper and radio tags on the seals before they were released back into the water.

A team of experienced marine mammal researchers from NEFSC's Protected Species Branch and the Fisheries Sampling Branch at the Woods Hole Laboratory were joined by colleagues from NOAA's Northeast Regional Office in Gloucester, MA and the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, WA; the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation on Long Island, NY; the University of Maine, Orono; Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans; The University of New England's Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center; the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; and Marine Mammals of Maine.

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For more on how the Northeast Fisheries Science Center is working to better understand seal populations, visit our Protected Species Branch web site.

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