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The Rebound of the Seal Population

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The seal population in the Northwest Atlantic has rebounded thanks to the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in the 1970’s. Some are concerned about the impact of seals on fisheries and water quality, and believe seals are responsible for sharks in the waters off the Cape. To learn about the grey seal population and it's role in the ecosystem, we talk with Stephanie Wood, Research Professor of Seal Biology at UMASS Boston’s School for the Environment. Here's a link to The Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium (NASRC) studying how healthy populations of all marine resources including fishes, seals, whales, and other species are important components of healthy marine ecosystems. 

 

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.