Steller Sea Lion Unmanned Aircraft

Watch the new video just released on the project, hosted and produced by AbundantOceans.

Concern about Steller Sea Lions has led to the closure of significant fishing areas off of the coast of Alaska. Scientific uncertainty and a lack of good data are often cited for the closure. The Alaska seafood industry, working with scientists, engineers and marine mammal experts, is pioneering the use of unmanned aircraft to help fill the information gaps. This video summarizes the most recent research trip in March, 2012.

NMFS to Hold Peer Review of Steller Sea Lion Bi-OP, Industry Tests Low Cost Drone Surveys

SEAFOOD.COM NEWS, June 12, 2012
By John Sackton

NMFS has announced an independent peer review panel contracted through the Center for Independent Experts (CIE) to consider the November 2010 biological opinion on the impact of groundfisheries on steller sea lions. The opinion, which was used to justify further closures in the Western Aleutians that impacted the cod fishery and other fisheries, such as Atka mackerel, was widely criticized. Many outside experts felt the conclusions of the Bi-OP were not supported by the data presented…. Continue Reading

Drones to Survey Stellar Sea Lion Habitat

Stellar sea lions in Captains Bay, AK

KUCB (2011-06-20)
Alexandra Gutierrez

Captains Bay, AK – For years, scientist have tried figuring out why the western stock of Steller sea lions have continued to decline. Now, a team of university researchers, commercial fishermen, and military contractors are testing a new way to monitor the endangered animals.