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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
  • SIGLER, M., D. DeMASTER, P. BOVENG, M. CAMERON, E. MORELAND, K. WILLIAMS, and R. TOWLER. 2015. Advances in methods for marine mammal and fish stock assessments: Thermal imagery and CamTrawl. Mar. Tech. Soc. J. 49:99-107. 
  • ALLEN, B. M., and R. P. ANGLISS. 2015. Alaska marine mammal stock assessments, 2014. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS­AFSC-301, 304 p. (.pdf, 9.44 MB).  Online.
  • IVASHCHENKO, Y. V., and P. J. CLAPHAM. 2015. What's the catch? Validity of whaling data for Japanese catches of sperm whales in the North Pacific. R. Soc. Open Sci. 2:150177. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150177. (.pdf, 574 KB, open access).  Online.
  • ZEPPELIN, T. K., D. S. JOHNSON, C. E. KUHN, S. J. IVERSON, and R. R. REAM. 2015. Stable isotope models predict foraging habitat of northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) in Alaska. PLoS One 10(6):e0127615. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0127615. (Open Access).  Online.
  • Van PARIJS, S. M., C. CURTIS, and M. C. FERGUSON (editors). 2015. Biologically important areas for cetaceans within US waters. Aquat. Mamm. 41: 128 p. 
  • MILLER, D. A. W., L. L. BAILEY, E. H. C. GRANT, B. T. McCLINTOCK, L. A. WEIR, and T. R. SIMONS. 2015. Performance of species occurrence estimators when basic assumptions are not met: a test using field data where true occupancy status is known. Methods Ecol. Evol. 6:557-565. DOI: 10.1111/2041-210X.12342. 
  • LAIDRE, K. L., H. STERN, K. M. KOVACS, L. LOWRY, S. E. MOORE, E. V. REGEHR, S. H. FERGUSON, O. WIIG, P. BOVENG, R. P. ANGLISS, E. W. BORN, D. LITOVKA, L. QUAKENBUSH, C. LYDERSEN, D. VONGRAVEN, and F. UGARTE. 2015. Arctic marine mammal population status, sea ice habitat loss, and conservation recommendations for the 21st century. Conserv. Biol. 29:724-737. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12474 Open access   Online.
  • JOY, R., M. G. DOWD, B. C. BATTAILE, P. M. LESTENKOF, J. T. STERLING, A. W. TRITES, and R. D. ROUTLEDGE. 2015. Linking northern fur seal dive behavior to environmental variables in the eastern Bering Sea. Ecosphere 6(5):75. DOI: 10.1890/ES14-00314.1 (Open Access).  Online.
  • Additional National Marine Mammal Laboratory Publications
Posters
  • 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.

  • Acoustic Monitoring and Prey Association for Beluga and Harbor Porpoise off Two River Mouths in Yakutat Bay, Alaska
    By:  MANUEL CASTELLOTE, KATHLEEN M. STAFFORD, A. DARCIE NEFF, WILLIAM LUCEY
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 962 KB)   Online.

  • Gray Whale Occurrence in the Beaufort Sea
    By:  AMELIA BROWER, JANET CLARKE, MEGAN FERGUSON
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2015
    (2015 poster, .pdf, 2.37 MB)   Online.

  • Additional National Marine Mammal Laboratory Posters

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