[MARMAM] New publication on risk to cetaceans from marine debris in Maui, Hawaii.

Jens Currie jenscurrie at pacificwhale.org
Tue Aug 1 18:05:34 PDT 2017

Dear colleagues,

My co-authors and I are pleased to announce the publication of a new
*Currie, J.J., Stack, S.H., McCordic, J.A., Kaufman, G.D. Quantifying the
risk that marine debris poses to cetaceans in coastal waters of the
4-island region of Maui. Marine Pollution Bulletin 121 (2017): 69–77.*

Abstract: Marine debris poses a considerable threat to biodiversity and
ecosystems and has been identified as a stressor for a variety of marine
life. Here we present results from the first study quantifying the amount
and type of debris accumulation in Maui leeward waters and relate this to
cetacean distribution to identify areas where marine debris may present a
higher threat. Transect surveys were conducted within the 4-island region
of Maui, Hawai'i from April 1, 2013 to April 15, 2016. Debris was found in
all areas of the study region with higher concentrations observed where the
Au'au, Kealaikahiki, and Alalakeiki channels converge. The degree of
overlap between debris and cetaceans varied among species but was largest
for humpback whales, which account for the largest portion of reported
entanglements in the 4-island region of Maui. Identifying areas of high
debris-cetacean density overlap can facilitate species management and
debris removal efforts.

The full article is available online at: authors.elsevier.com/a/

or email us to request a PDF copy: research at pacificwhale.org

*Jens Currie*
*Senior Research Analyst*

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