Bowhead Whale Feeding Variability in the Western Alaskan Beaufort Sea: Oceanography and Feeding (AK-06-01; AK-10-02)
This study will obtain additional information on the importance of the study area to feeding bowhead whales, and a better understanding of potentially predictable factors that correlate with variations in whale behavior. Also this study addresses a conservation recommendation in NMFS’ 2001 Arctic Region Biological Opinion. The recommendation is that BOEM study “the use of the Beaufort Sea by feeding bowheads and assess the importance of this feeding to the health and well being of these animals.” Information from this study will be used for permit approvals for all Beaufort Sea Lease Sales and NEPA analysis and documentation for Beaufort Sea Lease Sales and DPPs. Emphasis will be placed on achieving an understanding of the factors enhancing or limiting the expression of feeding behavior in various locations in the western Alaskan Beaufort Sea.
Data and Resources
Report :: 2009 NOAA Report
Website :: BOEM Alaska Environmental Stewardship Website
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