How Science Helps

Determining why Steller sea lions numbers have declined has remained elusive. Researchers suspect sea lions have been negatively impacted by a combination of biological, environmental, and physical factors.  Determining how much energy sea lions need to swim and forage helps scientists assess whether they can get enough to eat in the wild.
Well-supported science helps policy makers protect species and manage fisheries to ensure that Steller sea lion numbers rebound.

Our undertake open ocean research with trained sea lions that contributes to the conservation of marine mammals in the wild.