[MARMAM] New publication: Using acoustics to prioritize management decisions to protect coastal dolphins: A case study using Hawaiian spinner dolphins

Heather Heenehan hheenehan at gmail.com
Mon Oct 31 07:23:52 PDT 2016

Dear all,

We are pleased to announce the online publication of our article in the
journal Marine Policy.

Heather L. Heenehan, Sofie M. Van Parijs, Lars Bejder, Julian A. Tyne,
David W. Johnston, Using acoustics to prioritize management decisions to
protect coastal dolphins: A case study using Hawaiian spinner dolphins,
Marine Policy, Volume 75, January 2017, Pages 84-90, ISSN 0308-597X,

To access the article please use the link below which will provide FREE
access for 50 days (until December 17, 2016)
Anyone who clicks on the link will be taken to the final version of the
article on ScienceDirect for free. No sign up or registration is needed.
Please feel free to share this link with anyone else who may be interested.

Abstract: For more than a decade, interactions between humans and Hawaiian
spinner dolphins in their resting bays have been a concern for members of
the general public, managers, scientists, policymakers, and tour operators.
Hawaiian spinner dolphins are the target of a large wildlife tourism
industry due to their predictable daytime resting behavior and presence in
coastal areas. Using results from passive acoustic monitoring between
January 2011 and March 2013 on the Kona coast of Hawai‛i Island, USA, the
relative importance of four known Hawaiian spinner dolphin resting bays,
the contribution of anthropogenic noise including vessel noise to the four
bay soundscapes, and the dolphins' response to human activities were
assessed. Here the findings are summarized and visualized and
recommendations are provided for action to regulate directed dolphin
watching and ensuing unauthorized takes under the Marine Mammal Protection
Act of 1972. These findings and recommendations have implications for the
federal government's ongoing efforts to implement rules that protect
Hawaiian spinner dolphins in their resting bays.
Keywords: Marine mammals; Conservation; Passive acoustic monitoring;
Spinner dolphins, Tourism

Heather Heenehan, Ph.D.
@Spinnerheather <https://twitter.com/SpinnerHeather>

Ph.D., Marine Science and Conservation, Duke University
MEM, Master of Environmental Management, Coastal Environmental Management,
Duke University
BS, Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science, University of Connecticut

"Let the beauty we love be what we do." -Jelaluddin Rumi
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