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Status review and extinction assessment of Cook Inlet belugas (Delphinapterus leucas)

Status review and extinction assessment of Cook Inlet belugas (Delphinapterus leucas)

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Published by U.S. Dept. of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle, Wash .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • White whale -- Alaska -- Cook Inlet.,
  • Whale stock management -- Alaska -- Cook Inlet.,
  • Endangered species -- Alaska -- Cook Inlet.

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby R. C. Hobbs ... [et al.].
    SeriesAFSC processed report -- 2006-16.
    ContributionsHobbs, Roderick C., Alaska Fisheries Science Center (U.S.)
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxiv, 74 p. :
    Number of Pages74
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL16141687M

    Much is known about summer feeding habits but not much about winter habits. This became a Sunday ritual with our family long after our first summer in Kenai. Now, several years after those formal designations, the population report shows some glimmer of good news for belugas, said Carl Portman, deputy director of the pro-industry organization Resource Development Council. Alaska Natives harvested nearly half the remaining whales between and To reach those conclusions, the team studied the isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen and strontium found in the whale bones and teeth.

    This decline has been happening for many years now; even after all the latest attempts to turn this decline around, the beluga whale population in Cook Inlet continues to decline. The study tells NOAA administrators that the Cook Inlet belugas' shift to more freshwater-influenced habitat began long before the documented population decline, Gill said. More recent generations of belugas fed in areas where rivers pour freshwater into ocean habitats. Since federal law gives exclusive authority to NMFS to manage overharvesting of whales, the commissioner concluded that only the federal government could control overharvesting and that rules already adopted by NMFS would likely succeed.

    Print article Alaska's most urban whales have yet to show any meaningful increase in numbers, evidence that recovery remains elusive for the endangered population despite numerous protective measures imposed in recent years. The commissioner ruled that the whales are not a subspecies because the scientific literature does not recognize the Cook Inlet beluga whales as a distinct subspecies of the general beluga species. Palin hired Cora Crome, who had worked for industry lobbying group United Fishermen of Alaska, as her fisheries-policy adviser. The issue at hand is a rule implemented by the federal government at the time the status of the Polar Bear was changed to threatened.


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Status review and extinction assessment of Cook Inlet belugas (Delphinapterus leucas) Download PDF Ebook

This became a Sunday ritual with our family long after our first summer in Kenai. A key question, Nelson said, was when change occurred in feeding habits and whether the change could be linked to documented events, such as a change in herring abundance or even the Great Alaska Earthquake.

A species as critically imperiled as the Cook Inlet beluga whale should not have to endure further delay before its habitat is truly protected. Belugas are also protected under the Marine Mammal Act. The court, however, refrained from expressing a view on whether the Cook Inlet beluga whales would be considered a subspecies under this broader definition.

Measuring isotopes in the growth layers reveals how feeding habits by an individual changed over its life, Nelson said. More recent generations of belugas fed in areas where rivers pour freshwater into ocean habitats.

That could have signaled a prey change from ocean-bottom creatures to fish, Nelson said. This is just one more instance in a pattern of misuse of the Endangered Species Act for purposes wholly unrelated to the health and welfare of the animals.

The state is also reviewing all legal options regarding the listing and the proposed critical habitat designation. Palin reasons for leaving were varied, but there was speculation that it was to the upcoming United States presidential election.

The study presents the first evidence of a long-term change in Cook Inlet belugas' feeding ecology — what they are eating and where they're eating it, according to a news release from UAF.

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Researchers found no evidence of a sudden change in diet. We are saddened by the depleted numbers of beluga whales and have only recently come to realize that we no longer see the orca whales at the mouth of the Kenai either.

The other beluga populations, which are not listed as threatened or endangered, summer in Bristol Bay, the eastern Bering Sea, the eastern Chukchi Sea and the Status review and extinction assessment of Cook Inlet belugas book Sea.

The next year, Palin ran for Governor on a "build-the-bridge" platform, arguing that it was essential for local prosperity. Much is known about summer feeding habits but not much about winter habits.

Verena Gill, a marine-mammal specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAAsaid the findings are significant because they cover five decades. Because the commissioner only considered taxonomy, the court held that he abused his discretion. If we want to act in the best interests of the long-term sustainability of Cook Inlet, we would all be working hard to safeguard all the marine life.

Belugas feed on fish, crab, shrimp, squid and clams. Yet despite a "depleted" listing under the Marine Mammal Protection Act ina final Conservation Plan has not materialized.

The aerial surveys were done annually from to and have been conducted biannually since then. They established that belugas might be eating the same food but that their prey was coming from areas of Cook Inlet influenced by freshwater.

It could have meant belugas were leaving Cook Inlet to feed. To reach those conclusions, the team studied the isotope ratios of carbon, nitrogen and strontium found in the whale bones and teeth.

Although the court questioned the subspecies decision, the court ruled the issue was moot because of the decision that the belugas were not endangered.

I urge the National Marine Fisheries Service to rely on science and not politics, and to list the Cook Inlet beluga whale as "endangered" before it's too late. On September 20,Sarah Palin visited Ketchikan on her gubernatorial campaign and said the bridge was essential for the town's prosperity.

They also objected to the designation of critical habitat, which was made final six years ago.Status review.

Using the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Sightings Portal

and extinction assessment of Cook Inlet belu-ABSTRACT—Anthr opogenic noise has. range reduction for Cook Inlet belugas. may be even more e xtreme than in the. Jan 15,  · Critical Habitat for the Cook Inlet Beluga and What will be the effect if the Cook Inlet beluga whales become extinct and how will it affect the environment?

Cook Inlet beluga population is estimated to have once numbered more than 1, strong as recently as the s. The Cook Inlet belugas population declined nearly 50 percent between and and today is estimated at just.

Subpopulations are subject to differing levels of threat and warrant individual assessment. The nonmigratory Cook Inlet subpopulation is listed as "critically endangered" by the IUCN as of and is listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act as of October This was due to overharvesting of belugas prior to The population Class: Mammalia.Cook Inlet, Alaska, by Belugas, Delphinapterus leucas SUZANN G.

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Study reveals shift in diet of Cook Inlet’s endangered belugas

PIATT Introduction Pdf number of belugas, Delphinap­ terus leucas, in Cook Inlet, Alaska is small—about indi viduals in — and the population is declining (Hobbs et al., ). The Cook Inlet stock of belugas is currently listed as “deplet­.per Cook Inlet, Alaska. The video cameras and tower were located at (lat.

61°16′″ N, long. °15′″ W), approximately download pdf from the confl uence of the Little Susitna River and the waters of Cook Inlet, at mean low tide (Fig. 1). This site is located in the designated critical habitat for Cook Inlet beluga whales and was.Juneau – The Cook Ebook Beluga Whale Recovery Plan finalized today by the National Marine Fisheries Service contains untenable recovery criteria that could impede status updates, limit stakeholder acceptance, and unnecessarily extend regulatory hurdles to development.