NMFS Seeks Comment on Revised Marine Mammal SARs

The U.S. National Marine Fishing Service has reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act. SARs for marine mammals in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions were revised according to new information. NMFS solicits public comments on the draft 2014 SARs by April 29, 2015.

Click here to read NMFS’ Federal Register notice of revised SARs.

Marine Bioaccoustics Symposium Abstract Deadline Extended

The abstract and early registration deadline for the Watkins Memorial Marine Mammal Bioacoustics Symposium, to be held 26-29 March 2015 in New Bedford, Massachusetts, has been extended to January 31. Please visit the New Bedford Whaling Museum’s website for more information or contact Laela Sayigh (lsayigh@whoi.edu) with any questions about the event.

Article Concludes Whalewatching Doesn’t Cause Long-Term Negative Effects on Minke Whales

The following article is being published in the Journal of Wildlife Management: Christiansen, F., Bertulli, C.G., Rasmussen, M. & Lusseau, D. 2015. Estimating Cumulative Exposure of Wildlife to Non-Lethal Disturbance Using Spatially Explicit Capture-Recapture Models. The Journal of Wildlife Management. DOI: 10.1002/jwmg.836. The article’s abstract reads as follows:

Northern Elephant Seals: A Success Story

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has published an article that discusses the population rebound of Northern elephant seals, and that provides guidelines for safely observing them. Part of NMFS’ article follows:

“Northern elephant seals were once thought to be extinct following decades of intense hunting beginning in the 1700’s. Fortunately, in the early 20th century, a scientific expedition from the California Academy of Sciences discovered a colony of approximately 30 northern elephant seals on the Isla de Guadalupe off Mexico.