Alaska Fisheries Science Center Quarterly Report : October, November, December, 1994
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Alaska Fisheries Science Center Quarterly Report : October, November, December, 1994
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    Investigations of Antartic Living Marine Resources
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    The Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) is an international agreement established in 1982 which has as its objectives the conservation of all living organisms in Antarctic waters and the maintenance of their ecological relationships. The National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML) Antarctic Ecosystems Program has conducted pinniped and seabird research over the past 9 years as part of the CCAMLR Ecosystem Monitoring Program (CEMP). The underlying objectives of NMML's research have been to determine what factors are primarily responsible for influencing the population dynamics of Antarctic pinnipeds and seabirds, to detect significant changes in key components of the Southern Ocean ecosystem, and to distinguish between changes due to commercial fisheries and those due to natural causes. An important aspect of this work has focused on understanding the relationships among upper trophic level predators such as pinnipeds and seabirds, their prey, and environmental conditions. Research under taken falls within two broad categories: 1) studies of land breeding pinnipeds and seabirds at Seal Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica; and 2) investigations of ice breeding seals in the circumpolar sea ice zone.
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