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seal captures on sandbar at Chatham harbor

2013 Gray Seal Tagging

In June 2013 more than two dozen researchers collaborated on the region's first gray seal live capture project in Chatham Harbor, Massachusetts. Partners included NEFSC's Protected Species Branch, NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional Office, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, Duke University, Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies, Marine Mammals of Maine, National Marine Life Center, the University of New England, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service. Funding for PSB's work was provided by BOEM through the AMAPPS project. Twenty adult gray seals were captured and sampled and nine were fitted with GPS phone tags or satellite tags. Below is the track from a satellite-tagged seal. A track map from another seal can be viewed on the Whalenet website. See also NEFSC's press release on the project.

All seal handling and photography done under MMPA research permit #17670. Photo credits: Dave Johnston (Duke University), Genevieve Davis (NEFSC).
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