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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 FY165 Field Research

2016 scheduled field research conducted by the Marine Mammal Laboratory
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Recent Reports, Publications, and Posters

Research Reports
Publications
  • TESTA, J. W. (editor). 2016. Fur seal investigations, 2013-2014. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-316, 124 p. (.pdf, 3.8 MB).  Online.
  • HELKER, V. T., M. M. MUTO, and L. A. JEMISON. 2016. Human-caused injury and mortality of NMFS-managed Alaska marine mammal stocks, 2010-2014. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC- 315, 89 p. (.pdf, 1 MB).  Online.
  • SHELDEN, K. E. W., and B. A. MAHONEY. 2016. Aerial surveys of beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska, June 1991. AFSC Processed Rep. 2016-02, 22 p. Alaska Fish. Sci. Cent., NOAA, Natl. Mar. Fish. Serv., 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle WA 98115. (.pdf, 3.2 MB).  Online.
  • 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.
  • SWEENEY, K. L., V. T. HELKER, W. L. PERRYMAN, D. J. LEROI, L. W. FRITZ, T. S. GELATT, and R. P. ANGLISS. 2015. Flying beneath the clouds at the edge of the world: using a hexacopter to supplement abundance surveys of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in Alaska. J. Unmanned Veh. Sys. 4:70-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/juvs-2015-0010.   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.
  • Additional National Marine Mammal Laboratory Publications
Posters
  • Severe Decline in Abundance on Steller Sea Lion Rookery at Medny Island (Commander Islands), Russia
    By:  NATASHA LASKINA, VLADIMIR BURKANOV, THOMAS GELATT
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 1.16 MB)   Online.

  • Gray Whale Calf Occurrence in the Chukchi Sea, Summer and Fall 2015
    By:  AMY WILLOUGHBY, AMELIA BROWER, JANET CLARKE, MEGAN FERGUSON
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 1.46 MB)   Online.

  • Fur Seal Foraging Behavior Reflects Prey Stock Structure, Abundance, and Responses to Variable Oceanography and Storms
    By:  JEREMY T. STERLING, MIKE E. GOEBEL, SARA J. IVERSON, STAN KOTWICKI, NOEL A. PELLAND, ROLF R. REAM, ALAN M. SPRINGER
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 1.56 MB)   Online.

  • Postpartum Period in the Steller Sea Lions of the Commander Islands: the Connection With Decline in Natality
    By:  SERGEY D. RYAZANOV, VLADIMIR N. BURKANOV, THOMAS S. GELATT
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 2.4 MB)   Online.

  • Monitoring the Small and Remote Population of Harbor Seals on Otter Island in the Pribilof
    By:  DAVID WITHROW, LAURI JEMISON
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 2.05 MB)   Online.

  • Location, Location, Location: Is the Largest Harbor Seal Haulout in the World Any Different From the Others?
    By:  JOHN K. JANSEN, JAY M. Ver HOEF, GAVIN M. BRADY, PETER L. BOVENG
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 10.97 MB)   Online.

  • Longline Fisheries and Their Possible Effect on Steller Sea Lions in the Russian Side of the Bering Sea
    By:  S. V. FOMIN, Y. B. ARTUKHIN, A. I. TESTIN, O. A. BELONOVICH, V. N. BURKANOV
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 2.02 MB)   Online.

  • Occurrence of Humpback, Fin, and Minke Whales in the Eastern Chukchi Sea, 2008-2015: Population Recovery, Response to Climate Change, or Greater Effort?
    By:  JANET CLARKE, MEGAN FERGUSON, AMELIA BROWER, AMY WILLOUGHBY, CHRISTY SIMS
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2016
    (2016 poster, .pdf, 1.03 MB)   Online.

  • Additional National Marine Mammal Laboratory Posters

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