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By Mr. Dave Cormany, Terry R. Spraker Dvm and Terry R. Spraker


The 2004 northern fur seal harvest was similar to last year. I was on St. Paul Island from 9 July through 9 August 2004 (31 days). The harvest started on 16 July and ended on 7 August. A total of 493 subadult males were taken this year. No females were killed during this time. Two cases of hyperthermia were observed this year. All of the harvests started late, between 11:12AM to 3:43PM in the warmest times of the day. Animals were gathered, handled, and killed in a humane fashion at all harvests. The reasons that only 6 harvests were done were probably multiple. Richard and Robby were both fishing, the weather was good for fishing, but the fishing success was very poor so they went out as often as they could, the seal orders were down and lots of jobs on island. This was the same as last year. Wastage was again observed this summer. On 30 July 2004 a carcass was reported on the beach at East landing. The freezer i

Topics: July-August, 2004
Year: 2004
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