AFSC/NMML: North Pacific Right Whale Vessel Surveys in the Southeastern Bering Sea, 2007 - 2011

Metadata Updated: May 31, 2016

The North Pacific right whale (NPRW) was heavily hunted between the 17th and the 20th centuries. Protection was supposedly afforded by international treaties in the 1930s and 1940s, but the illegal capture of hundreds of individuals by the Soviet Union, primarily in the 1960s drastically impacted the recovery of the species. Currently, only a small remnant of this population (estimated at approximately 30 individuals) inhabits the southeastern Bering Sea (SEBS). There is an increasing body of evidence suggesting that the middle shelf domain constitutes the primary habitat of NPRWs in the SEBS during the summer. Despite substantial observation effort from various sources in some other areas, the only region in the Bering Sea where NPRWs have been consistently seen is the middle shelf. Vessel surveys were conducted in the summers of 2007 - 2011 in the EBS mostly within the NPRW critical habitat boundary (located on the middle shelf of the SEBS). A total of eight NPRW individuals were identified from photographs taken during the survey.

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Metadata Date May 18, 2016
Metadata Created Date May 31, 2016
Metadata Updated Date May 31, 2016
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Frequency Of Update notPlanned

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Harvested from NOAA CSW Harvest Source

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Metadata Date May 18, 2016
Metadata Created Date May 31, 2016
Metadata Updated Date May 31, 2016
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Access Constraints Access Constraints: There are no legal restrictions on access to the data. They reside in public domain and can be freely distributed. | Use Constraints: User must read and fully comprehend the metadata prior to use. Applications or inferences derived from the data should be carefully considered for accuracy. Acknowledgement of NOAA/NMFS/AFSC as the source from which these data were obtained in any publications and/or other representations of these data is suggested. | Distribution Liability: The user is responsible for the results of any application of this data for other than its intended purpose. NOAA denies liability if the data are misused.
Bbox East Long -156
Bbox North Lat 68
Bbox South Lat 50
Bbox West Long -180
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update notPlanned
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:17345
Harvest Object Id e75fd788-e32f-4a25-9ee5-a80c03534232
Harvest Source Id 2aed8e29-fc5b-4cde-aa66-fb1118fd705e
Harvest Source Title NOAA CSW Harvest Source
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2007
Temporal Extent End 2012

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