The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has published its revised stock assessment report for the southern sea otter stock in the State of California. Click here for access to this SAR and for other relevant information and links.
Pursuant to the regulations governing the subsistence taking of North Pacific fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) (northern fur seals), the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has published the expected harvest levels from 2017-2019 on St. George and St. Paul Islands, Alaska (the Pribilof Islands) to satisfy subsistence requirements of the Alaska Natives residing on the Pribilof Islands (Pribilovians). NMFS has established the 2017–2019 harvest levels at 1,645 to 2,000 fur seals for St. Paul Island and 300 to 500 fur seals for St. George Island. Click here for more details and relevant links.
The Society for Marine Mammalogy will hold its 22nd biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals on October 22-27, 2017, at the Halifax World Trade and Convention Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Click here for more details and relevant links.
How Did whales Get So Big?
The New York Times published an article on how whales became the biggest animals on the planet. The times article is based on a study entitled “Independent evolution of baleen whale gigantism linked to Plio-Pleistocene ocean dynamics,” which was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Click here for the Times article, which provides links to the original article.