[MARMAM] Nearshore abundance & distribution of marine mammals in New Jersey waters

Amy Whitt adwhitt at gmail.com
Sat Jun 24 16:15:17 PDT 2017

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a recent publication on marine mammals off New

*Whitt, A.D., J.A. Powell, A.G. Richardson, and J.R. Bosyk. 2015. *
*Abundance and distribution of marine mammals in nearshore *
*waters off New Jersey, USA**. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management

Abstract: Marine mammal abundance and distribution in New Jersey’s
nearshore waters are not well known due to limited dedicated studies. The
first year-round systematic surveys were conducted to determine the
spatial/temporal distribution and estimate the abundance of marine mammals
in this region prior to wind power development. Eight marine mammal species
were observed: North Atlantic right whale (*Eubalaena glacialis*),
humpback whale
(*Megaptera novaeangliae*), minke whale (*Balaenoptera acutorostrata*), fin
whale (*Balaenoptera physalus*), bottlenose dolphin (*Tursiops **truncatus*),
common dolphin (*Delphinus delphis*), harbour porpoise (*Phocoena phocoena*)
and harbour seal (*Phoca vitulina*). Results indicate clear seasonal
patterns in distribution and abundance. The fin whale, humpback whale and
bottlenose dolphin were sighted during all seasons. The abundance of large
whales in the study area was relatively low while the abundance of dolphin
and porpoise species was high and largely seasonal. The bottlenose dolphin
was the most abundant species; however, abundance was high only during
spring and summer. Common dolphins and harbour porpoises were common in the
study area during winter and spring. These baseline data will be used to
assess potential environmental impacts of the construction and operation of
offshore wind power facilities in this region.

The paper is available online* https://tinyurl.com/y7da6wn4

Or via email request to *amy at azuraco.com <amy at azuraco.com>*



*Amy D. Whitt, M.E.M.*
CEO, Senior Scientist

Azura Consulting LLC
*c* 870-919-2636
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