ESTIMATION OF HARBOR SEAL NUMBERS IN NEW ENGLAND

Aerial surveys will be conducted in late May, 2011, to estimate the number of harbor seals inNew England. To develop a correction for those seals not on land to be counted, seals will be captured and radio-tagged in March and April. The fractions of radio-tagged seals that are observed during the surveys will be used to estimate a correction factor. A survey design will be developed and the data from the surveys analyzed. Results will be presented in a manuscript for peer review and publication.