[MARMAM] NOAA Fisheries releases final 2010 Marine Mammal SARs
Jonathan.Shannon at noaa.gov
Fri Jun 24 07:46:15 PDT 2011
NOAA Fisheries has released the final versions of the 2010 Marine Mammal
Stock Assessment Reports (SARs). You can access the 2010 reports, as
well as past SARs, online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/sars/region.htm
Highlights of the 2010 reports:
In the Alaska region, 23 reports were revised. Most revisions included
updates of abundance and/or mortality estimates. None of the updates
resulted in change of status of a stock. A new SAR for an unidentified
stock of narwhal has been added in the Alaska region.
SARs for 17 Atlantic Stocks were updated (9 strategic and 8
non-strategic) and 4 Gulf of Mexico stocks (2 strategic and 2
non-strategic). The updates included revised abundance and/or mortality
estimates for these stocks, and one update resulted in a modified status
of a stock (long-fined pilot whale is now considered strategic).
Seven stocks of Atlantic coastal bottlenose dolphins previously grouped
into a single report were split into separate reports. Three stocks of
coastal bottlenose dolphins previously grouped into a single report for
Northern Gulf of Mexico Coastal were split into separate reports. Two
previously separated stocks of Gulf of Mexico, Bay, Sound, and Estuary
stocks of bottlenose dolphins were combined into a single stock
(Sarasota Bay/Little Sarasota Bay).
A new SAR is included for a Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands stock of
sperm whales in the Caribbean Sea.
In the Pacific region, SARs were revised for 51 stocks, and 12 SARs were
added. Abundance estimates were updated for 41 stocks, and these
updates did not change the status of most stocks; the status of the
short-finned pilot whales stock was changed from strategic to
The former Hawaii stock of spinner dolphin was renamed as the Hawaii
pelagic stock, and five new near-shore stocks of spinner dolphins were
identified in the Hawaiian Exclusive Economic Zone. The SAR for the
Hawaii stock of bottlenose dolphin was renamed the Hawaii pelagic stock,
and four new near-shore stocks were identified.
American Samoa stocks were added for spinner dolphins, false killer
whales, and rough-tooth dolphins; the status of each of the three new
American Samoa stocks is unknown.
There was substantial revision of the SAR for the Pacific Islands Stock
Complex of false killer whales, including stock identity and range, a
newly recognized fishery, proration of incidental mortality and serious
injury among stocks and fisheries, and abundance estimates for animals
south of the U.S. EEZ around Hawaii.
NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
* (301) 427-8431 * New phone number
jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov
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