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Press Release from NOAA Fisheries:
NOAA Fisheries to hold public conference on Cook Inlet beluga whale research
What’s the latest on the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale? NOAA Fisheries is bringing together researchers from state and federal agencies, universities, private industry, and non-profit organizations to share information about recent Cook Inlet beluga whale research.
The Cook Inlet beluga whale conference will be held:
April 5, 2014
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
This conference is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Free parking is available on-site.
Presentation topics include results of recent research on Cook Inlet beluga acoustics, distribution, movement, diet, contaminants, pathogens, strandings, and new databases that will soon be made available to the public. There will also be presentations on relevant studies of Bristol Bay belugas.
A poster session will be held from noon to 12:45 p.m. to provide an opportunity for the public to meet and ask questions of conference presenters.
More information on the conference, including a detailed program, is available online at http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/protectedresources/whales/beluga/conference/.
For more information, contact Mandy Migura at 907-271-1332.
As part of a new set of guidelines from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a request for public comment is being issued on the effects of human-made sounds on marine mammals in Alaska.
NOAA aims to discover more about how man-made sounds affect marine mammals in Alaska’s coastal regions. The research will be used to implement the new set of guidelines that inform and educate those working in the oil, gas and construction industries about the effects that loud machinery can have on several endangered marine mammals.
Marine mammals, such as seals, sea lions, dolphins and whales, rely on their hearing to survive. A mammal’s ability to pick up and register sounds is an invaluable skill when locating a mate, searching for food, and understanding their environments. Guidelines currently in place for restricting the noise output in certain areas register at two levels, called threshold shifts….