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Projects Funded by the Commission in Fiscal Year 2011

Project Title Principal Investigator Organization
Research/ Projects
Ecological and socioeconomic aspects of small cetacean & artisanal fisheries interactions in Southeast Asia Ballance, L. & T. Whitty Scripps, University of California San Diego
Ecology, status, fisheries interactions, and conservation of coastal Indo-Pacific humpback and bottlenose dolphins on the west coast of Madagascar Cerchio, S. Wildlife Conservation Society
Prospects for breeding poorly-known species of small cetaceans in captivity Curry, B. Barbara Curry
Cooperative research between U.S. and Mexican agencies to develop an effective vaquita-safe shrimp trawl for use in the upper Gulf of California, Mexico Gearhart, J. National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center's Mississippi Laboratory's Harvesting Systems Unit
Responding to oil spills in Arctic environments: A National Academy of Sciences Review Roberts, S. National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences
Cooperative research between U.S. and Mexican agencies to develop an effective vaquita-safe shrimp trawl for use in the upper Gulf of California Servin de la Mora, L. E. World Wildlife Fund - Mexico
Using the Amazonian manatee as a “flagship species” for the conservation of the Lower Rio Negro Region, Brazilian Amazon Tofoli, C. Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas (Institute for Ecological Research), Brazil
Assessment of ringed seal population status and bycatch in commercial fisheries in Lake Ladoga, Northwest Russia Trukhanova, I. Biologists for Nature Conservation, Russia
Anthropogenic and physiological data reconstructed from whale earwax plugs Usenko, S. Baylor University
Conferences, Symposia, Workshops, Meetings, and Publications
Third International Conference on Acoustic Communication by Animals Au, W. Acoustical Society of America
Publication of Right Whale News Hain, J. Associated Scientists at Woods Hole
Fourth International Science Symposium on Bio-logging Hindell, M. & K. Evans University of Tasmania, Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies
Second International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA 2)-
Endangered spaces: Endangered species
Mattila, D. National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Development of a booklet on marine mammal guidelines for the Bering Strait region, Alaska Sheffield, G. University of Alaska Fairbanks
A marine animal necropsy training and stranding response workshop in India Srinivasan, M. & R. Sridhar Madras Veterinary College, Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, India
Third Annual Meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Wallace, R. Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences
19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Tampa, Florida, 2011 Wells. R. Society for Marine Mammalogy
U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System and the Integrated Ocean Observation Committee Young, J. Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Symposium on Population Consequences of Acoustic Disturbance to Marine Mammals Zimmermann, L. Consortium for Ocean Leadership

Research Proposals Funded Under the Commission's FY2009 Solicitation Through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Category: Marine mammals and climate change in the Arctic Ocean and Bering Sea

  • Holger Klinck, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University: Passive acoustic monitoring of the Arctic

Category: Calibration of new methods for surveying marine mammals

  • Charles Scott Baker, Marine Mammal Institute, Oregon State University: Populations of Hector's dolphins in time and spaces

Category: Alternative observer coverage for marine mammal species at high risk from fishery interactions

  • Brian Warren Kot, Mingan Island Cetacean Study, Inc.: Risks and impacts of crab fishing gear on minke whales

Category: Building capacity for marine mammal research and conservation in the Caribbean Region

  • Rachel E. Allen, United Nations Environment Program- Caribbean Environment Program: Improving capacity in the Wider Caribbean Region

Category: Assessment and conservation of sirenians

  • Vic Cockcroft, Centre for Dolphin Studies, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa: Dugongs of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Central Mozambique
  • Lucy Ward Keith, Wildlife Trust, Inc.: Status and conservation of the West African manatee

Projects Funded by the Commission in Fiscal Year 2010

Project Title Principal Investigator Organization
Compilation and analyses of photographs of Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River Beasley, I. Isabel Beasley
Quest for the mating ground of the North Atlantic right whale in the Gulf of Maine Brown, M. New England Aquarium
Photo-identification catalogue of killer whales (Orcinus orca) of the Russian Far East: 2001 to 2008 Burkanov, V., and T. Shulezhko North Pacific Wildlife Consulting
Support for translation services at the Sixth International Conference of Marine Mammals of the Holarctic Burkanov, V., and J. Bengtson, Organizing Committee North Pacific Wildlife Consulting
Support for translation of the monograph “Cetaceans of the Southern Hemisphere: Biology and the prospect of population recovery” Burkanov, V., and Y. Mikhalev North Pacific Wildlife Consulting
Monitoring and predicting abundance of endangered and threatened marine mammal populations Eberhardt, L. L. Lee Eberhardt
Development of criteria for assessing marine mammal status using population viability analysis Goodman, D. Montana State University
Support for publication of Right Whale News Hain, J. Associated Scientists at Woods Hole
Passive acoustic monitoring in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico Hildebrand, J. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of Califorrnia at San Diego
Attaining operational marine biodiversity operations: A workshop to determine the status of current abilities and scope future solutions Hubler, J., and R. Beach Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Quantifying the effects of human interactions on spinner dolphins in resting bays in Hawaii and assessing the effectiveness of time-area closures as a proposed mitigation approach Johnston, D. Duke University
Genetic status of the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal: Development of a genetic research protocol and preliminary assessment of the status of the species in the eastern Mediterranean Sea Karamanlidis, A. MOm/Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal
Condition of gray seal pups from a rapidly growing breeding population on Muskeget Island, Massachusetts Ono, K. University of New England
Assessing changing habitats of ice-dependent marine mammals of Beringia Ray, C. University of Virginia
The "whale pump": Marine mammals and primary productivity in the Bay of Fundy Roman, J. University of Vermont
A workshop on estimating abundance of estuarine populations of bottlenose dolphins Rosel, P. National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center
Why are so many right whales dying at Peninsula Valdes, Argentina? Rowntree, V. Ocean Alliance, Inc.
Support of the Fifth International Marine Debris Conference Tinning, M. Ocean Conservancy
Facilitating effective polar bear conservation: Developing a pan-arctic integrated polar bear research and monitoring plan Vongraven, D. CAFF International Secretariat
Support of the Second Annual Meeting of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Wallace, R. Lewis and Clark College
Support and maintenance of the data collection system for the Survey of Federally Funded Research Martin, C. Washington Consulting

Projects Funded by the Commission in Fiscal 2009

Project Title Principal Investigator Organization
Support and maintenance of the data collection system for the Survey of Federally Funded Research Greenberg, B. Washington Consulting Government Services
An Ocean Infrastructure Strategy for U.S. Ocean Research in 2030 Glickson, D. The National Academy of Sciences, Ocean Studies Board
A review of false killer whales in Hawaiian waters: Biology, status, and risk factors Baird, R. Cascadia Research Collective
Transient killer whale predation in southeastern Alaska Matkin, D. Dena Matkin
Second International Conference on the Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life Popper, A., and A. Hawkins, Organizing Committee University of Maryland
Partnership with Conservation Magazine Kohm, K. Society for Conservation Biology
Support for publication of Right Whale News Hain, J. Associated Scientists at Woods Hole
Support for the 18th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals, Quebec City, Canada, 12-16 October 2009 Read, A. The Society for Marine Mammalogy
Support for final report of the Antarctic Treaty Summit: Science-Policy Interactions in International Governance Berkman, P. University of California, Santa Barbara
Vaquita.tv - A science communication initiative using educational multimedia to promote vaquita conservation Johnson, C. EarthOCEAN Media
Analyses of acoustic data from Vaquita Expedition 2008 Taylor, B. National Marine Fisheries Service
Southern Caribbean marine mammal stranding response training workshop Hoetjes, P. Southern Caribbean Cetacean Network
Pilot whale tagging in the southern Caribbean Kieffer, G. Southern Caribbean Cetacean Network
Building partnerships for long-term ecological monitoring of marine mammals in the Galapagos Islands and in other marine reserves in Ecuador Biggs, D. Texas A&M University
Improving the contribution of marine and other aquatic protected areas to the conservation of sirenians Self-Sullivan, C. Sirenian International, Inc.
Conservation and management of the Indus River dolphin Braulik, G. Gill Braulik
Support to print the report on the first study of the diversity, distribution and abundance of cetaceans in Guatemala’s Exclusive Economic Zone in the Pacific Ocean Quintana-Rizzo, E. Ester Quintana-Rizzo
Workshop on establishing protected areas for Asian freshwater cetaceans, East Kalimantan, Indonesia: Freshwater cetaceans as flagship species for integrated river conservation management Kreb, D. Conservation Foundation for Rare Aquatic Species of Indonesia (YK-Rasi)
Indian Ocean Cetacean Symposium 2009 Anderson, R. C. Marine Research Centre, Republic of Maldives
Investigating the trophic ecology and niche partitioning of two top predators of the western Antarctica Peninsula, the southern elephant seal and crabeater seal: Insights from bulk tissue and compound-specific stable isotope analyses Huckstadt, L., and D. Costa University of California, Santa Cruz

Projects Funded by the Commission in Fiscal 2008

Project Title Principal Investigator Organization
Genetic differentiation, individual dispersal and effective population size of the New Zealand Hector's and Maui's dolphins: Implications for management Baker, C.S. Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University
Marine mammal fishery interactions: Assessing the effects of a gillnet ban on bottlenose dolphins from two Florida resident populations Barros, N. Chicago Zoological Society
Translation services at the Fifth International Conference on Marine Mammals of the Holarctic Bengtson, J., and V. Burkanov, Organizing Committee North Pacific Wildlife Consulting
Support for publication of the monograph "Cetaceans of the Southern Hemisphere: Biology and the prospect of population recovery" Burkanov, V. North Pacific Wildlife Consulting
Ecological studies of sea otters in the Commander Islands, Russia Estes, J. University of California, Santa Cruz
Workshop to develop a strategic plan for a cooperative disease center for marine animal health Goldstein, T. University of California, Davis
Status and conservation of the Cook Inlet beluga whale and development of criteria for assessing marine mammal status and using population viability analysis Goodman, D. Montana State University
Development and system support of the Marine Mammal Commission's Survey of Federally-Funded Research Greenberg, B. Alion Science & Technology, Washington Consulting Government Services
Non-lethal deterrence efforts to minimize pinniped-fishery interactions at Gold Beach, Oregon Griffin, G. Port of Gold Beach
Arctic Council working group meetings in 2008: Participation in the Arctic Council's Twelfth Biennial Meeting of the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna Working Group (CAFF XII) and reporting on the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) working group meetings Huntington, H. Huntington Consulting
Review of the Okhotsk Sea bowhead whale population Ivashchenko, Y. Seastar Scientific
Review of offshore oil and gas industry activities occurring at present and areas of interest for the next decade Ray, J. Oceanic Environmental Solutions, LLC
Support for meeting of IUCN/SSC Pinniped Specialist Group and development of Pinniped Action Plan Kovacs, K. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Marine mammal consumption of key prey fishes and invertebrates in the northeast United States: Modeling, magnitude and sensitivity analysis Link, J. National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Human dimensions of marine mammal management in the Arctic: Implications for policy in a changing North Lovecraft, A.L., and C. Meek University of Alaska Fairbanks
Research on northern sea otters in Washington state: Health and Stranding Response Program and Oil Spill Response Plan Lynch, D. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Washington Office
Transient killer whale predation in southeastern Alaska Matkin, D. North Gulf Oceanic Society
Second International Conference on Acoustic Communication by Animals Mellinger, D. Oregon State University
Gray seal tagging on Muskeget Island, Massachusetts Ono, K. University of New England
A new species of beaked whale at Palmyra Island? Pitman, R. National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries
Publication and distribution of Sirenews (2008 - 2012) Powell, J.A. Sea to Shore Alliance, Inc.
An uncertainty analysis based on a modified PBR equation to assess relative risk of marine mammal stocks to indirect effects of fishing Read, A., and J. Moore Duke University
Foraging behavior and dietary preferences of the South American sea lion, Otaria flavescens: Resource competition with artisanal and coastal bottom trawl fisheries in Uruguay? Riet Sapriza, F. Cetaceos Uruguay
An integrated approach to community-based monitoring of killer whales around the Pribilof Islands, Alaska Robson, B., and K. Holser St. George Island Institute
Improving acoustic survey methods for detecting the highly endangered vaquita Rojas-Bracho, L. Oceanides Conservacion y Desarrollo Marino, A.C.
Bringing the knowledge of fishermen to bear on developing conservation strategies to reduce bycatch of Atlantic white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhyncus acutus) in the northwest Atlantic bottom trawl fishery Rosenberg, A., and E. Zollett University of New Hampshire
Southern right whale stranding response at Peninsula Valdes: Monitoring right whale health and building Argentine capacity Rowntree, V. Whale Conservation Institute/ Ocean Alliance
"Historical Perspectives": A new feature of the journal Aquatic Mammals Thomas, J. Aquatic Mammals
Why did the Yangtze River dolphin become extinct?: Identifying extinction drivers and causes of conservation failure Turvey, S. Zoological Society of London

 

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