Results
Population estimatesThe parameters used for the assessments of the Greenland Sea hooded seals were.
Table 3.3.3.3.10. Estimates of proportions of mature females (p) at ages 2–11.
Age 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6 
7 
8 
9 
10 
11 
p 
0.05 
0.27 
0.54 
0.75 
0.87 
0.93 
0.97 
0.98 
0.99 
1.00 
Table 3.3.3.3.11. Survey estimates of Greenland Sea hooded seal pup production.
Year 
Estimate 
c.v. 
1997 
24 000 
0.28 
2005 
15 200 
0.25 
2007 
15 370 
0.11 
The prior distributions for M
_{1+}, M
_{0}, and F (Table 3.3.3.3.12) are as in ICES (2006b). The mean of the prior for M
_{0} was taken to be approximately three times that of M
_{1+}. The model runs shown in Figure 3.3.3.3.3 seem to indicate a substantial decrease in population abundance from the late 1940s and up to the early 1980s. In the most recent two decades, the population size appears to have been relatively stable at a low level, but the current trajectory is uncertain. Using a prior value of M
_{1+} of 0.11 (CV = 0.45), a 2007 abundance of 66890 (CV = 0.13) is obtained for age 1+ seals while the estimated number of pups is 15490 (CV = 0.10), combining to a total of 82380 animals (CV = 0.11).
Table 3.3.3.3.12. Status of hooded seals in the Greenland Sea in 2007. The column “Model Estimate” shows the estimated parameters (point estimate and standard deviations), while the column “Prior” shows the prior distributions placed on parameters.
Parameter 
Model Estimate 
Prior 

Est. 
C.V 
Mean 
C.V 
M_{1+} 
0.157 
0.22 
0.11 
0.46 
M_{0} 
0.334 
0.15 
0.33 
0.15 
F 
0.869 
0.11 
0.88 
0.11 
N_{1+}(2007) 
66 890 
8 645 


N_{0}(2007) 
15 490 
1 528 
15 370 
1 675 