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Title: Assessment of the prey availability and oil‐related contaminants in winter habitat of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales. Final report: Trawl surveys and laboratory analyses (2012-2013).
Authors: Wetzel, Dana L.
Reynolds, John E. III
Keywords: Cook Inlet
Beluga Whale
habitat
prey
feeding areas
sediment
oil
Issue Date: Feb-2014
Publisher: Mote Marine Laboratory, Sarasota, FL.
Series/Report no.: Mote Technical Report;No. 1761
Abstract: In 2011, Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC) submitted a proposal to the Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) to address categories of research needs expressed by the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Conservation Plan (NMFS 2008), as well as in the KPB Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Research Study guidance documents in their call for proposals. The intent of those initiatives was to identify potential threats that might be impeding recovery of the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales. The KPB identified priority information useful for the management of Cook Inlet beluga whales (Delphinus leucas), with emphasis on understanding or mitigating factors inhibiting the species’ recovery. Specifically, their solicitation requested studies where the scope of work would address at least one of the following objectives or actions: (1) improve knowledge of Cook Inlet beluga whales to determine factors that are limiting recovery; (2) refine knowledge of beluga habitat requirements; and/or (3) evaluate the impacts of anthropogenic activities on the beluga habitat.
Description: pdf. 64 p., table of contents, list of figures and tables, acknowledgements, summary and results.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2075/3464
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