[MARMAM] Publication of NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS‐OPR‐64, North Atlantic Right Whale Monitoring and Surveillance: Report and Recommendations of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Expert Working Group

Eric Patterson - NOAA Federal eric.patterson at noaa.gov
Wed Aug 12 18:25:36 PDT 2020


Dear Colleagues,

Today, NOAA Fisheries is publishing the Technical Memorandum NMFS‐OPR‐64:
North Atlantic Right Whale Monitoring and Surveillance: Report and
Recommendations of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Expert Working
Group. This report summarizes a workshop NOAA Fisheries convened to address
objectives related to monitoring North Atlantic right whales and presents
the Expert Working Group’s recommendations for a comprehensive monitoring
strategy to guide future analyses and data collection. NOAA Fisheries will
consider the Expert Working Group’s recommendations, as well as other
relevant information, in its decision-making about right whale research and
population monitoring. We will continue to work with our partners to
optimize North Atlantic right whale monitoring and surveillance in the
future.

The Technical Memorandum is posted on the following web page:
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/document/north-atlantic-right-whale-monitoring-and-surveillance-report-and-recommendations

Below is a summary of the report:
NOAA Fisheries’ North Atlantic right whale Steering Committee convened an
expert Working Group to address two objectives related to monitoring North
Atlantic right whales: (1) improving our understanding of population status
by identifying and tracking essential population metrics, and (2) improving
our understanding of distribution and habitat use. The Working Group
consisted of five NOAA Fisheries researchers (the authors of this report)
with expertise in marine mammal monitoring, but not directly involved in
current North Atlantic right whale monitoring efforts. The Working Group
was convened during a three-day workshop (held at NOAA Fisheries’ Southwest
Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla, California, from October 22-24, 2019,
with remote participants on Day 1), and on a series of follow up conference
calls. This report provides a brief summary of the information provided to
the Working Group, including historic and current North Atlantic right
whale monitoring efforts conducted by NOAA Fisheries and partner
institutions, information on the status and trends of North Atlantic right
whales, and analyses conducted during the workshop or at the Working
Group’s request. Moreover, the report primarily presents the Working
Group’s recommendations for a comprehensive monitoring strategy to guide
future analyses and data collection on (1) North Atlantic right whale
demographics and population status, (2) distribution shifts and habitat use
range-wide, and (3) the health of individuals and the population. The
Working Group’s recommendations are intended to improve NOAA Fisheries’
overall monitoring strategy for North Atlantic right whales, with
recognition of the significant contribution to North Atlantic right whale
research and monitoring carried out by NOAA Fisheries and partner
institutions and agencies.

Cheers,

*Eric M. Patterson, Ph.D.*





*Fish BiologistMarine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation DivisionOffice of
Protected ResourcesNOAA FisheriesU.S. Department of Commerce*

*301-427-8415 <301-427-8415>eric.patterson at noaa.gov
<eric.patterson at noaa.gov>https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/about/office-protected-resources
<https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/about/office-protected-resources>*
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