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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PUBLICATIONS: North Atlantic Right Whale Publication

English: North Atlantic right whale
English: North Atlantic right whale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Announcing a recent publication on North Atlantic right whales in the
Mid-Atlantic.

*Whitt AD, Dudzinski K, and Laliberté JR. 2013. North Atlantic right
whale distribution and seasonal occurrence in nearshore waters off New
Jersey, USA, and implications for management. Endangered Species
Research 20:59-69.*

ABSTRACT: The presence of endangered North Atlantic right whales
/Eubalaena glacialis/ in the mid-Atlantic region of the USA is not well
understood. Adequate protection of right whales in the face of plans to
develop offshore renewable energy requires more information about this
species' distribution and occurrence in this region. We present findings
from the first year-round study dedicated to marine mammals in New
Jersey's nearshore waters using line transect surveys and passive
acoustic monitoring. Four groups of right whales, including a cow-calf
pair, were sighted. Right whales were detected acoustically during all
seasons. Sightings of females and subsequent confirmations of these same
individuals in the calving grounds a month or less later illustrate that
these waters are part of this species' migratory corridor. Observations
of skim-feeding behavior suggest that feeding may also occur in areas
farther south than the main feeding grounds. Based on the year-round
occurrence of right whales off New Jersey, we recommend that presumed
seasonal migratory patterns not be used alone to determine the timing of
construction activities or monitoring/mitigation efforts for offshore
development. Our results also provide support for the expansion of
existing critical habitat to include nearshore waters of the mid-Atlantic.

The paper is available online
http://www.int-res.com/abstracts/esr/v20/n1/p59-69/

Or via email request to adwhitt@gmail.com <mailto:adwhitt@gmail.com>


*Amy D. Whitt, M.E.M.*

Senior Marine Scientist

Protected Resources**

Geo-Marine, Inc.

www.geo-marine.com <http://www.geo-marine.com/>

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