JIP Seeks Research Proposals for Long Term Monitoring of Marine Mammals

The Joint Industry Programme on E&P Sound and Marine Life, which is associated with the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers, invites proposals on the following topic:

“Long Term Fixed Acoustic Monitoring of Marine Mammals throughout the Life Cycle of an Offshore E&P Field Development” – RFP JIP III-15-03

The RFP document can be downloaded from here.

Submissions should be sent to info@soundandmareinlife.org and are due by 30th April 2015

Navy Seeking Research Proposals on Effects of Sound on Marine Mammals

The Office of Navy Research is considering funding research on the effects of sound on marine mammals. Interested parties should review the following Navy message:

“The Office of Naval Research (ONR) Marine Mammals and Biology (MMB) program supports basic and applied research and technology development related to understanding the effects of sound on marine mammals, including physiological, behavioral, ecological effects and population-level effects. Our current program topics include, but are not limited to:

1. Monitoring & Detection
2. Integrated Ecosystem Research
– Sensor & Tag Development
3. Effects of sound on marine life:
-Hearing in baleen whales
-Behavioral Response Studies
-Physiology (Diving & Stress)
-Population Consequences of Acoustic Disturbance (PCAD)
4. Models & Databases for Environmental Compliance

Article on North Atlantic Right Whale Distribution

Monsarrat, S., et al., have published an article entitled “Historical summer distribution of the endangered North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis): a hypothesis based on environmental preferences of a congeneric species” in the journal Diversity and Distributions. The article’s abstract follows:

To obtain a plausible hypothesis for the historical distribution of North Atlantic right whales (NARWs) (Eubalaena glacialis) in their summer feeding grounds. Previously widespread in the North Atlantic, after centuries of hunting, these whales survive as a small population off eastern North America. Because their exploitation began before formal records started, information about their historical distribution is fragmentary.

Sound Analysis Workshop

The Bioacoustics Research Program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York, USA will be running a 5-day Sound Analysis Workshop between March 30th and April 3rd, 2015. The maximum number of participants is 11 and there is one seat available due to a cancellation. For information on the workshop, click here.

NMFS Publishes AWEC Bowhead Whale Quota

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has published the aboriginal subsistence whaling quota for bowhead whales that NMFS has assigned to the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission. NMFS has also published the limitations on the use of the quota deriving from regulations of the International Whaling Commission. For 2015, the quota is 75 bowhead whales struck. This quota and other applicable limitations govern the harvest of bowhead whales by members of the AEWC.

Click here to read NMFS’ Federal Register notice of this action.