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The National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) conducts research on marine mammals important to the mission of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with particular attention to issues related to marine mammals off the coasts of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and California. Research projects focus on ecology and behavior, population dynamics, life history, and status and trends.  Information is provided to various domestic and international organizations to assist in developing rational and appropriate management regimes for marine resources under NOAA's jurisdiction. These organizations include the NMFS Alaska and Northwest Regional Offices, the NMFS Office of Protected Resources, the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council, the International Whaling Commission, and the Arctic Council. 

Research conducted by NMML utilizes a variety of methods and tools to obtain needed information. Determination of status and trends of marine mammal populations requires information on abundance, stock structure, mortality and net productivity. To obtain these data, censuses are carried out from ships, aircraft and on land. Radio and satellite-linked telemetry is utilized to determine movements and migrations, critical feeding areas and depths, and other behavioral data. Sophisticated analyses and modeling are carried out to determine necessary population parameters. Research programs are carried out cooperatively with many other federal, state and private sector collaborators.


For more information about NMML, please contact us at nmml.information@noaa.gov or call the NMML Director John Bengtson at (206) 526-4045, or the NMML Deputy Director Robyn Angliss at (206) 526-4032.

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National Marine Mammal Laboratory
Alaska Fisheries Science Center/NOAA

7600 Sand Point Way N.E. F/AKC3
Seattle, WA 98115-6349
(206) 526-4045 (voice)
(206) 526-6615 (fax)


Planned FY15 Field Research

2015 Marine Mammal Research conducted by the National Marine Mammal Laboratory
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Recent Reports, Publications, and Posters

Research Reports
Publications
  • CONN P. B., E. E. MORELAND, E. V. REGEHR, E. L. RICHMOND, M. F. CAMERON, and P. L. BOVENG. 2016 Using simulation to evaluate wildlife survey designs: Polar bears and seals in the Chukchi Sea. Royal Soc. Open Sci. 3:150561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsos.150561.  Online.
  • LAAKE, J. L., S. R. MELIN, A. J. ORR, D. J. GREIG, K. C. PRAGER, R. L. DeLONG, and J. D. HARRIS. 2016. California sea lion sex- and age-specific morphometry. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-312, 21 p. (.pdf, 631 KB).  Online.
  • BECKMEN, K. B., M. J. KEOGH, K. A. BUREK-HUNTINGTON, G. M. YLITALO, B. S. FADELY, and K. W. PITCHER. 2016. Organochlorine contaminant concentrations in multiple tissues of free-ranging Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in Alaska. Sci. Tot. Environ. 542:441-452. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.10.119  Online.
  • SCHMIDT, J. H., D. S. JOHNSON, M. S. LINDBERG, and L. G. ADAMS. 2015. Estimating demographic parameters using a combination of known-fate and open n-mixture models. Ecology 96:2583-2589. https://doi.org/10.1890/15-0385.1.   Online.
  • RUSSELL, D. J. F., B. T. McCLINTOCK, J. MATTHIOPOULOS, P. M. THOMPSON, D. THOMPSON, P. S. HAMMOND, E. L. JONES, M. L. MACKENZIE, S. MOSS, and B. J. MCCONNELL. 2015. Intrinsic and extrinsic drivers of activity budgets in sympatric grey and harbour seals. Oikos 124(11):1462-1472. https://doi.org/10.1111/oik.02138.  Online.
  • OVSYANIKOVA, E., I. FEDUTIN, O. BELONOVICH, A. BURDIN, V. BURKANOV, E. DOLGOVA, O. FILATOVA, S. FOMIN, E. HOYT, E. MAMAEV, G. RICHARD, O. SAVENKO, K. SEKIGUCHI, O. SHPAK, M. SIDORENKO, and O. TITOVA. 2015. Opportunistic sightings of the endangered North Pacific right whales (Eubalaena japonica) in Russian waters in 20032014. Mar. Mammal Sci. 31:1559-1567. https://doi.org/10.1111/mms.12243.  Online.
  • McCLINTOCK, B. T. 2015. Multimark: an R package for analysis of capture-recapture data consisting of multiple "noninvasive" marks. Ecol. Evol. 5:4920-4931. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.1676  Online.
  • GARRIGUE, C., P. J. CLAPHAM, Y. GEYER, A. S. KENNEDY, and A. N. ZERBINI. 2015. Satellite tracking reveals novel migratory patterns and the importance of seamounts for endangered South Pacific humpback whales. Royal Soc. Open Sci. 2(11):11 p. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.150489.  Online.
  • Additional National Marine Mammal Laboratory Publications
Posters
  • Ice-Associated Seal Surveys in the Eastern Bering Sea: Gathering Baseline Data and Utilizing a Centralized Geospatial Platform
    By:  ERIN L. RICHMOND, JOSH M. LONDON, PAUL B. CONN, ERIN E. MORELAND, PETER L. BOVENG
    Conference:  ESRI International User Conference, San Diego, CA, July 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 17.83 MB)   Online.

  • Cooperative Multi-Species Surveys in the Aleutian Islands
    By:  STEVEN J. BARBEAUX, DAVE FRASER, LOWELL FRITZ, ELIZABETH LOGERWELL
    Conference:  ICES Symposium on Marine Ecosystem Acoustics, Nantes, France, May 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 16.14 MB)   Online.

  • Using Aerial Photography of Harbor Seals to Compare Timing of Pupping and Weaning at Two Glacial Fjords
    By:  JOHN JANSEN, GAVIN BRADY, JAY Ver HOEF, PETER BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 20.46 MB)   Online.

  • Marine Mammal Occurrence in the Distributed Biological Observatory (DBO) From Ship-based Visual and Passive Acoustic Surveys
    By:  CATHERINE L. BERCHOK, JESSICA L. CRANCE, BRENDA RONE, SUE E. MOORE
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 11.7 MB)   Online.

  • A New Bird in the Alaskan Arctic: Lessons Learned During Coordination of Manned and Unmanned Aerial Operations in 2013 and 2014
    By:  MEGAN FERGUSON, JANET CLARKE, ANDREW HARCOMBE, WILLOW HETRICK, SHEYNA WISDOM
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 18.8 MB)   Online.

  • Quantitative Assessment of Species Identification in Aerial Transect Surveys for Ice-Associated Seals
    By:  BRETT T. McCLINTOCK, ERIN E. MORELAND, JOSHUA M. LONDON, SHAWN P. DAHLE, GAVIN M. BRADY, ERIN L. RICHMOND, KYMBERLY M. YANO, PETER L. BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 3.6 MB)   Online.

  • Beluga Whale (Delphinapterus leucas) Vocalizations From the Eastern Beaufort Sea Population
    By:  ELLEN C. GARLAND, CATHERINE L. BERCHOK, MANUEL CASTELLOTE
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 4.01 MB)   Online.

  • Stable Isotope Model Predicts Foraging Habitat of Northern Fur Seals (Callorhinus ursinus) in Alaska
    By:  T. K. ZEPPELIN, D. S. JOHNSON, C. E. KUHN, S. J. IVERSON, R. R. REAM
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 6.13 MB)   Online.

  • Additional National Marine Mammal Laboratory Posters

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