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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

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protect and study threatened ice seals as the climate changes.

Publications
  • O'CORRY-CROWE, G., T. GELATT, L. REA, C. BONIN, and M. REHBERG. 2014. Crossing to safety: Dispersal, colonization and mate choice in evolutionarily distinct populations of Steller sea lions, Eumetopias jubatus. Mol. Ecol. 23:5415-5434. 
  • SOM, N. A., P. MONESTIEZ, J. M. Ver HOEF, D. L. ZIMMERMAN, and E. E. PETERSON. 2014. Spatial sampling on streams: Principles for inference on aquatic networks. Environmetrics 25:306-323. 
  • RUSSELL, D. J. F., S. BRASSEUR, D. THOMPSON, G. D. HASTIE, V. M. JANIK, G. AARTS, B. T. McCLINTOCK, J. MATTHIOPOULOS, S. E. W. MOSS, and B. McCONNELL. 2014. Marine mammals trace anthropogenic structures at sea. Curr. Biol. 24:R638-R639. 
  • MONNAHAN, C. C., T. A. BRANCH, K. M. STAFFORD, Y. V. IVASHCHENKO, and E. M. OLESON. 2014. Estimating historical eastern North Pacific blue whale catches using spatial calling patterns. PLOS ONE 9(6):e98974. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0098974 (.pdf, 3 MB).  Online.
  • KUHN, C. E., J. D. BAKER, R. G. TOWELL, and R. R. REAM. 2014. Evidence of localized resource depletion following a natural colonization event by a large marine predator. J Anim. Ecol. 83:1169-1177. 
  • DUNCAN, C. G., R. TILLER, D. MATHIS, R. STODDARD, G. J. KERSH, B. DICKERSON, and T. GELATT. 2014. Brucella placentitis and seroprevalence in northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) of the Pribilof Islands, Alaska. J. Vet. Diagn. Invest. 26:507-512. 
  • DOUGLAS, A. B., J. CALAMBOKIDIS, L. M. MUNGER, M. S. SOLDEVILLA, M. C. FERGUSON, A. M. HAVRON, D. L. CAMACHO, G. S. CAMPBELL, and J. A. HILDEBRAND. 2014. Seasonal distribution and abundance of cetaceans off Southern California estimated from CalCOFI cruise data from 2004 to 2008. Fish. Bull. 112:198-220. (.pdf, 2.7 MB).  Online.
  • DONNELLY-GREENAN, E. L., J. T. HARVEY, H. M. NEVINS, M. M. HESTER, and W. A. WALKER. 2014. Prey and plastic ingestion of Pacific northern fulmars (Fulmarus glacialis rogersii) from Monterey Bay, California. Mar. Pollut. Bull. 85:214-224. 
  • Additional National Marine Mammal Laboratory Publications
Posters
  • Distribution of Sperm Whales from Soviet Catches in the North Pacific
    By:  YULIA V. IVASHCHENKO
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 3.88 MB)   Online.

  • Freshwater Seals of Iliamna Lake: Where are They When the Lake is Frozen?
    By:  DAVE WITHROW, JENNIFER BURNS, JAMES Van LANEN
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 4.94 MB)   Online.

  • Foraging and Prey Differences Between Populations of Bigg’s Killer Whales (Mammal-eating “Transients”) in the Western and Eastern Aleutian Islands
    By:  PAUL R. WADE, JOHN W. DURBAN, RUSS D. ANDREWS, DOUG G. BURROWS, DAVID ELLIFRIT, HOLLY FEARNBACH, KIM M. PARSONS, JANICE M. WAITE, GINA M. YLITALO
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 4.06 MB)   Online.

  • Dive Behavior of Bearded, Ribbon and Spotted Seals in the Bering and Chukchi Seas
    By:  JOSH M. LONDON, PETER L. BOVENG, MICHAEL F. CAMERON
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 3.91 MB)   Online.

  • Development and Field Testing a Satellite-linked Fluorometer for Marine Mammals: Shedding Light on the Unknown (Phase II)
    By:  MICHELLE LANDER, MELINDA HOLLAND, TODD LINDSTROM, ALBERT FRANZHEIM, MATTHEW RUTISHAUSER, ROGER HILL
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 60.6 MB (** Note large file size **))   Online.

  • Re-examining Habitat Segregation and Foraging Effort of Northern Fur Seals After 15 Years of Decline
    By:  CAREY KUHN, JEREMY STERLING, ROLF REAM
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 3.76 MB)   Online.

  • Spatio-temporal Distribution of Bowhead Whales off Barrow, AK 2007-2012
    By:  STEPHANIE GRASSIA, CATHERINE BERCHOK, KATE STAFFORD
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, 4.46 MB)   Online.

  • Steller Sea Lion Diet and Population Trends in the Aleutian Islands
    By:  LOWELL FRITZ, DOMINIC TOLLIT, EDWARD LAMAN, KRISTI MILLER, ANGELA SCHULZE, JAMES THOMASON, WILLIAM WALKER, TONYA ZEPPELIN, THOMAS GELATT
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2014
    (2014 poster, .pdf, n-011, n-042, n-017)   Online.

  • Additional National Marine Mammal Laboratory Posters

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