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Southern Resident Killer Whale Workshop : National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Seattle, WA, 1-2 April 2000
  • Published Date:
    2000
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  • Corporate Authors:
    Alaska Fisheries Science Center (U.S.)
  • Conference Authors:
    Southern Resident Killer Whale Workshop (2000 : National Marine Mammal Laboratory (U.S.))
  • Description:
    "Since 1974, a census of the southern resident community of killer whales (J, K, and L pods) of Puget Sound has been taken annually using photo-identification methodology. Based on this research, the southern resident killer whale population was shown to grow to nearly 100 individuals by the mid-1990s. However, during the last few years (1995-99), a decline in population level has been observed. In May 1995, the population count was 98 individuals. By October 1999 this number had dropped to 83 whales, a decline of more than 15%. Possible factors influencing the southern resident community of killer whales included high levels of contaminants, availability of prey resources, and increased whale watching activities in the San Juan islands. Killer whale researchers believed a workshop was warranted to review the status of southern resident killer whales. On 1 and 2 April 2000, a killer whale workshop was held at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory on 1 and 2 April 2000, a killer whale workshop was held at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. Sponsors of the workshop included the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (National Marine Mammal Laboratory), Center for Whale Research, Six Flags Marine World Vallejo, and The Whale Museum. Contributions were made by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO Canada) and the American Cetacean Society. The purpose of the workshop was to review the current status of southern resident killer whales and help the research community coordinate future research. The workshop focused on four areas of research to include: 1) Population Dynamics of Eastern North Pacific Killer Whales, 2) Stock structure of Eastern North Pacific Killer Whales, 3) Possible Factors Influencing Killer Whale Populations, and 4) Cross-Border Stranding Protocol/Emergency Responses. In addition to several oral presentations covering these topics, background documents were also submitted"--Preface.

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