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          class="">Dear colleagues,</span></font></p>
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          mso-ansi-language:EN-US" class="" lang="EN-US"> We are pleased
          to announce that the following paper have been published in
          Endangered Species Research:</span></font></p>
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          face="Arial">Garrigue, Derville, Bonneville, Baker, Cheeseman,
          Millet, Paton, Steel 2020. Searching for humpback whales in a
          historical whaling hotspot of the Coral Sea, South Pacific.
          Endangered Species Research, 42:67-82</font> <a
          moz-do-not-send="true" href="doi.org/10.3354/esr01038">doi.org/10.3354/esr01038</a><br>
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        mso-ansi-language:EN-US" class="" lang="EN-US">Please find
        abstract below</span><br>
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          humpback whales in the Coral sea two centuries post whaling"
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            !important; float: none;"><span>Abstract: </span>Humpback
            whales<span> </span></span><i style="box-sizing: border-box;
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            text-decoration-color: initial;">Megaptera novaeangliae</i><span
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            !important; float: none;"><span> </span>were severely
            depleted by commercial whaling. Understanding key factors in
            their recovery is a crucial step for their conservation
            worldwide. In Oceania, the Chesterfield-Bellona archipelago
            was a primary whaling site in the 19</span><sup
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            !important; float: none;"><span> </span>century, yet has
            been left almost unaffected by anthropogenic activities
            since. We present the results of the first multidisciplinary
            dedicated surveys in the archipelago assessing humpback
            whale populations 2 centuries post-whaling. We encountered
            57 groups during 24 survey days (2016-2017), among which 35
            whales were identified using photographs of natural markings
            (photo-ID), 38 using genotyping and 22 using both. Humpback
            whales were sparsely distributed (0.041 whales km</span><sup
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            text-decoration-color: initial;">-1</sup><span style="color:
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            !important; float: none;">): most sightings concentrated in
            shallow inner-reef waters and neighbouring offshore shallow
            banks. The recently created marine protected area covers
            most of the areas of high predicted habitat suitability and
            high residence time from satellite-tracked whales.
            Surprisingly for a breeding area, sex ratios skewed towards
            females (1:2.4), and 45% of females were with calf.
            Connectivity was established with the New Caledonia breeding
            area to the east (mtDNA<span> </span></span><i
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            text-decoration-color: initial;">ST</sub><span style="color:
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            0.05, 12 photo-ID and 10 genotype matches) and with the
            Australian Great Barrier Reef breeding area to the west
            (mtDNA<span> </span></span><i style="box-sizing: border-box;
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            0.05). Movement of satellite-tracked whales and photo-ID
            matches also suggest connections with the east Australian
            migratory corridor. This study confirms that humpback whales
            still inhabit the Chesterfield-Bellona archipelago 2
            centuries post whaling, and that this pristine area
            potentially plays a role in facilitating migratory
            interchange among breeding grounds of the western South
            Pacific.</span></font></b></p>
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