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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)


Recent Reports, Publications, and Posters

Quarterly Reports

Dr. Peter Boveng explains how NOAA Fisheries scientists are working to
protect and study threatened ice seals as the climate changes.

Publications
  • ALLEN, B. M., V. T. HELKER, and L. A. JEMISON. 2014. Human-caused injury and mortality of NMFS-managed Alaska marine mammal stocks, 2007-2011. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-274, 84 p. (.pdf, 1.3 MB).  Online.
  • SCHOBERND, Z. H., N. M. BACHELER, and P. B. CONN. 2014. Examining the utility of alternative video monitoring metrics for indexing reef fish abundance. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 71:464-471. 
  • FOWLER, C. W., R. D. REDEKOPP, V. VISSAR, and J. OPPENHEIMER. 2014. Pattern-based control rules for fisheries management. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-268, 116 p. (.pdf, 1.6 MB).  Online.
  • Ver HOEF, J., E. PETERSON, D. CLIFFORD, and R. SHAH. 2014. SSN: an R package for spatial statistical modeling on stream networks. J. Stat. Software:56(3). 
  • PETERSON, E., and J. Ver HOEF. 2014. STARS: an ArcGIS toolset used to calculate the spatial information needed to fit spatial statistical models to stream network data. J. Stat. Software:56(2). 
  • FOWLER, C. W., and S. M. LUIS. 2014. We are not asking management questions. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-267, 48 p. (.pdf, 1.26 MB).  Online.
  • Ver HOEF, J. M., M. F. CAMERON, P. L. BOVENG, J. M. LONDON, and E. E. MORELAND. 2014. A spatial hierarchical model for abundance of three ice-associated seal species in the eastern Bering Sea. Stat. Methodol. 17:46-66. 
  • LANDER, M. E., B. S. FADELY, T. S. GELATT, L. D. REA, and T. R. LOUGHLIN. 2013. Serum chemistry reference ranges for Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pups from Alaska: Stock differentiation and comparisons within a North Pacific sentinel species. EcoHealth 10:376-393.  
  • Additional National Marine Mammal Laboratory Publications
Posters
  • Spatio-Temporal Distribution of Fin Whales in the Bering Sea, 2007-2011
    By:  JESSICA L. THOMPSON, CATHERINE L. BERCHOK, SUE E. MOORE
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 2.17 MB)   Online.

  • Summer in the Western Beaufort Sea: Results from Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals, July and August, 2012
    By:  MEGAN FERGUSON, JANET CLARKE, REBECCA SHEA, AMELIA BROWER, CYNTHIA CHRISTMAN
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 864 KB)   Online.

  • Killer whale (Orcinus orca) Depredation on the Greenland Halibut (Reinhardtius hippoglossoides) Longline Fishery in the Sea of Okhotsk
    By:  O. A. BELONOVICH, V. N. BURKANOV
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 3.22 MB)   Online.

  • Aerial Sightings of Pacific Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) in the Alaskan Arctic, Summer and Fall 2012, with a Comparison to Sightings From 2009-2011
    By:  CYNTHIA L. CHRISTMAN, MEGAN C. FERGUSON, AMELIA A. BROWER, JANET T. CLARKE
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 2.18 MB)   Online.

  • Bering-Okhotsk Seal Surveys (BOSS): Joint US-Russian Aerial Surveys for Ice-Associated Seals, April – May 2012
    By:  MICHAEL CAMERON, VLADIMIR CHERNOOK
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 5.33 MB)   Online.

  • Short- and Long-term Distribution of Marine Mammals in the Chukchi Sea
    By:  STEPHANIE L. GRASSIA, CATHERINE L. BERCHOK, JESSICA L. CRANCE, BRENDA K. RONE, AMY S. KENNEDY, PHILLIP J. CLAPHAM
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 1.86 MB)   Online.

  • Stereotyped, Repetitive Gunshot Call Patterns Produced by the North Pacific Right Whale, Eubalaena japonica
    By:  JESSICA L. CRANCE, CATHERINE L. BERCHOK
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 1.86 MB)   Online.

  • Cetaceans of BOWFEST: Distribution Off Barrow, Alaska 2007-2011
    By:  KIM E. W. SHELDEN, KIMBERLY T. GOETZ, DAVID J. RUGH, JULIE A. MOCKLIN, LINDA VATE BRATTSTRÖM, CHRISTY L. SIMS
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2013
    (2013 poster, .pdf, 4.42 MB)   Online.

  • Additional National Marine Mammal Laboratory Posters

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