[MARMAM] Reminder: SMM Workshop - Killer whales in western North Pacific and the Okhotsk Sea

Yoko Mitani yo_mitani at fsc.hokudai.ac.jp
Wed Sep 27 00:13:00 PDT 2017

Dear all,

Please join us for a half-day workshop on Sunday, October 29, 2017,
08:00-12:00 titled "Killer whales in western North Pacific
and the Okhotsk Sea" at the Biennial conference in Halifax.

Please register via the conference website:

Killer whales (Orcinus orca) are distributed in all oceans of the
world, and those in the Northwest US and western Canada have been well
studied since 1970’s. Whereas on the opposite side of the Pacific,
Russian Far East killer whales are studied since late 1990’s, and
intensive studies have just started in the eastern Hokkaido, Japan
since 2010. The studies in Japanese waters have revealed many killer
whales are observed in Nemuro Strait in early summer, and off Kushiro
in fall, and photo identification, acoustic and tracking studies are
currently underway. Although their social structure and prey
preferences are still unknown, this population seems to migrate along
Kuril islands and share the same calls with Russian waters. The goal
of this workshop is to begin discussion among people studying killer
whales in the North Pacific and the Okhotsk Sea focusing on
similarities and differences between locations.

Date/Time: Sunday, October 29, 2017; 08:00-12:00

For additional information about the workshop, please visit

We look forward to seeing participants at the conference.


三谷曜子 Yoko Mitani
水圏ステーション 函館臨海実験所 生態系変動解析分野
〒040-0051 北海道函館市弁天町20番5号
Tel: 0138-85-6558; Fax: 0138-85-6625
Email: yo_mitani at fsc.hokudai.ac.jp

Laboratory of Marine Ecosystem Change Analysis
Hakodate Marine Station, Field Science Center for
Northern Biosphere, Hokkaido University
Hakodate Research Center for Fisheries and Oceans
20-5 Benten-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido 040-0051, JAPAN
TEL: +81-138-85-6558; FAX: +81-138-85-6625
E-mail: yo_mitani at fsc.hokudai.ac.jp

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