Marine Mammal Commission

2012 Grant Awards

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Projects Funded by the Marine Mammal Commission in Fiscal Year 2012

Topic A: Research/Projects

Clarification of the taxonomy of Indus and Ganges River dolphins: Are they different species?

Braulik, G.

Downstream Research Group

Braulik, G. T., R. Barnett, V. Odon, V. Islas-Villanueva, A. R. Hoelzel, and J. A. Graves. 2015. “One Species or Two? Vicariance, Lineage Divergence and Low mtDNA Diversity in Geographically Isolated Populations of South Asian River Dolphin.” Journal of Mammalian Evolution 22 (1): 111–20.

Estimation of minimum relative abundance values of endangered large whales in areas with low survey effort off the Northeast Atlantic States

Kenney, R.

University of Rhode Island

The objective of this study is to derive minimum values for SPUE cells where values are currently estimated at 0 based on limited survey effort. The minimum values will: (1) be based on the available data, (2) not be purely arbitrary, (3) better address the weaknesses pointed out above, and (4) provide a more accurate reflection of entanglement risks and conservation benefits of proposed management actions in waters off the Northeastern United States.

Topic B: Conferences, Symposia, Workshops, Meetings, and Publications

A workshop to identify and determine the research and monitoring required to resolve significant uncertainties concerning the effects of the Antarctic toothfish fishery and climate change on the Ross Sea Ecosystem

Ainley, D.

H.T. Harvey & Associates

A workshop to identify and determine the research and monitoring required to resolve significant uncertainties concerning the effects of the Antarctic toothfish fishery and climate change on the Ross Sea Ecosystem.

Workshop report.

Publication of Right Whale News

Hain, J.

Associated Scientists at Woods Hole

Right Whale News is an independent newsletter providing timely information; a forum to express viewpoints and encourage discussion; and a bulletin board of book reviews, publications, people, and events. It is published in February, May, August, and November; and may on occasion include additional special issues.