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The Chukchi Sea Planning Area (CSPA) in the northeastern Chukchi Sea was surveyed for marine mammals by Minerals Management Service (MMS)-supported contractors during many summers between 1979 and 1991. No broad-scale marine mammal aerial surveys were conducted in this region between 1991 and 2008. Starting in 2008, a project referred to as COMIDA (Chukchi Offshore Monitoring in Drilling Area), funded by MMS (now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM), began conducting broad-scale aerial surveys for marine mammals in the CSPA. This project is now part of the Aerial Surveys of Arctic Marine Mammals (ASAMM) project, which is funded by BOEM and coordinated through NMML. COMIDA was designed to monitor marine mammal distribution, relative density, and behavior during the open-water (ice-free) months, from mid-June to the end of October.

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Contracted Reports

The daily reports provided on this site constitute preliminary field data and should not be cited without permission. The reports have undergone a review for technical accuracy prior to posting on this site. However, additional processing and review after the field season may identify further changes that need to be made. Additional information on data or report quality and dissemination is available in the AFSC Disclaimer Statement and on NOAA's Office of the Chief Information Officer & High Performance Computing and Communications web page

2012 Daily Reports

Current COMIDA Aerial Survey Daily Reports  (PDF - Adobe Acrobat or Reader Required):

2012 Aerial Surveys (Flights Begin in June)
Date Flight Daily Report
2012-07-06 203 Flight203 Summary
2012-07-05 202 Flight202 Summary
2012-07-03 0 No Flight
2012-07-02 0 No Flight
* Indicates updated daily report

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