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NMML Gulf of Alaska marine mammal survey 2003
Waite, J.M. 2003. Nationl Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program: Cetacean Survey. NOAA AFSC Quarterly Research Reports July-Sept 2003
Contact: Waite, Janice

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Data from visual surveys in the Gulf of Alaska conducted to study cetaceans in 2003. more

Visual surveys for cetaceans were conducted in the Gulf of Alaska in association with a NOAA/Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s pollock stock assessment survey aboard the NOAA ship Miller Freeman from 26 June - 15 July 2003. Standard line-transect methods were used with three observers rotating through two 25x (Big Eye) binocular positions and one recorder on the flying bridge. Survey effort was conducted along the pollock survey transect lines, weather permitting. Additional effort was made while in transit to and from pollock survey waypoints. A total of 2,242 km of trackline were surveyed with 364 cetacean sightings (1,079 individuals). An additional 28 cetacean sightings were made (175 individuals) during off effort periods. Species included harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Dall’s porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli), Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), killer whale (Orcinus orca), minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), Baird’s beaked whale (Berardius bairdii), and Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris).

Biology > Mammals
Marine, INE, USA, Alaska, Alaska Gulf, Cetacea

Geographical coverage
INE, USA, Alaska, Alaska Gulf [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
27 June 2003 - 15 July 2003

Taxonomic coverage
Cetacea [WoRMS]

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; National Marine Mammal Laboratory, moredata owner

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Based on this dataset:
Waite, J.M. (2003). National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML). Cetacean Assessment and Ecology Program: cetacean survey. AFSC Quarterly Report 2003(July-September), more


Dataset information:

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2012-11-13
Information last updated: 2013-04-25
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