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The Marine Mammal Laboratory (MML) 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 MML 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 MML, please contact us at nmml.information@noaa.gov or call
the MML Director John Bengtson at (206) 526-4045, or
the MML Deputy Director Robyn Angliss at (206) 526-4032.

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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)

Note:  The National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) has recently changed its name to "Marine Mammal Laboratory" (MML). Please be aware that the former name still exists on lower-tier pages which have been retained for historical context.


Planned FY17 Field Research

2017 scheduled field research conducted by the Marine Mammal Laboratory
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Recent Reports, Publications, and Posters

Research Reports
Publications
  • CONNERS, M. G., C. GOETSCH, S. M. BUDGE, W. A. WALKER, Y. MITANI, D. P. COSTA, and S. A. SHAFFER. 2018. Fisheries exploitation by albatross quantified with lipid analysis. Front. Mar. Sci. 5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00113   Online.
  • O’CORRY-CROWE, G., R. SUYDAM, L. QUAKENBUSH, B. POTGIETER, L. HARWOOD, D. LITOVKA, T. FERRER, J. CITTA, V. BURKANOV, K. FROST, and B. MAHONEY. 2018. Migratory culture, population structure and stock identity in North Pacific beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas). PLOS ONE 13:e0194201. https://doi.org./10.1371/journal.pone.0194201   Online.
  • WILLOUGHBY, A. L., M. C. FERGUSON, J. T. CLARKE, and A. A. BROWER. 2018. First photographic match of an anomalously white gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) in the northeastern Chukchi Sea, Alaska and Baja California, Mexico. Aquat. Mamm. 44:7-12. https://doi.org/10.1578/AM.44.1.2018.7  Online.
  • CONN, P. B., and R. T. ALISAUSKAS. 2018. Simultaneous modelling of movement, measurement error, and observer dependence in mark-recapture distance sampling: An application to Arctic bird surveys. Ann. Appl. Stat. 12:96-122. https://doi.org/10.1214/17-AOAS1108   Online.
  • CAMERON, M. F., K. J. FROST, J. M. Ver HOEF, G. A. BREED, A. V. WHITING, J. GOODWIN, and P. L. BOVENG. 2018. Habitat selection and seasonal movements of young bearded seals (Erignathus barbatus) in the Bering Sea. PLoS One 13(2):e0192743. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192743   Online.
  • SHELDEN, K. E. W., K. T. GOETZ, R. C. HOBBS, L. K. HOBERECHT, K. L. LAIDRE, B. A. MAHONEY, T. L. MCGUIRE, S. A. NORMAN, G. O’CORRY-CROWE, D. J. VOS, G. M. YLITALO, S. A. MIZROCH, S. ATKINSON, K. A. BUREK-HUNTINGTON, and C. GARNER. 2018. Beluga whale, Delphinapterus leucas, satellite-tagging and health assessments in Cook Inlet, Alaska, 1999 to 2002. U.S. Dep. Commer., NOAA Tech. Memo. NMFS-AFSC-369, 226 p.   Online.
  • Hunt G.L., Jr , Renner M., Kuletz K. J., Salo S., Eisner L., Ressler P.H., Ladd C., Santora J.A. 2018. Timing of sea-ice retreat affects the distribution of seabirds and their prey in the southeastern Bering Sea. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps12383  Online.
  • BUCKLAND, S. T. and A. E. YORK. 2018. Abundance estimation, pp. 1-6 In: B. Würsig, J. G. M. Thewissen, and K. M. Kovacs, (editors). Encyclopedia of marine mammals, 3rdedition. Academic Press, London, San Diego. 1157p. 
  • Additional Marine Mammal Laboratory Publications
Posters
  • Comparing Estimates of Arctic Cetacean Density Derived from Manned and Unmanned Aerial Surveys
    By:  FERGUSON, MEGAN, ROBYN P. ANGLISS, VAN HELKER, AMY KENNEDY, BOB LYNCH, AMY WILLOUGHBY, AMELIA A. BROWER, JANET T CLARKE
    Conference:  Alaska Marine Science Symposium, Anchorage, AK, Jan 2017
    (2017 poster, .pdf, 12.463 MB)   Online.

  • 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.

  • Additional Marine Mammal Laboratory Posters

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