Northwest Atlantic Seal Survey

Atlantic Marine Conservation Society “AMSEAS” worked with National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric (NOAA) Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, and Marine Mammals of Maine to monitor grey seals in the northwest Atlantic. This project included conducting health assessment studies on Muskeget Island off Nantucket and Monomy in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. We also attached 20 satellite tags provided by National Marine Sanctuary Foundation on seals to understand their movements.

Over the last 30 years, we have observed an increase in the number of seals in our waters. This project helps understand the health and movements of these animals throughout the region and how they might use the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. We can learn more about the success of conservation efforts and how these animals manage the changing environment, both of which are critical to understand the threats and impacts they face.