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Cetacean Research

PIFSC cetacean research is concerned with populations of whales and dolphins in the central and western Pacific Ocean. More...

News and Highlights

  • August 16, 2015
    On August 16th of 2015, The NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette departed Pearl Harbor, Oahu to support science conducted by the Ecosystems and Oceanography Program and the Cetacean Research Program of the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. More...
  • July 1, 2015(updated 12/29/2015)
    A panel of experts will meet July 27-31, 2015 to review the PIFSC science that informs stock assessments of marine mammals and marine turtles. The panelists will learn about protected species science information needs, priorities and research activities that are relevant to current programs. The review panel will provide input on ways to improve the quality of marine mammal and marine turtle science programs. More...
  • May 8, 2015
    On May 8 a team of cetacean observers, acousticians, and oceanographers will depart Guam to start the Mariana Archipelago Cetacean Survey (MACS). The team is led by Dr. Erin Oleson, the Leader of the PIFSC Cetacean Research Program (CRP), and most of the CRP staff, researchers from the University of Hawaii and Southeast Fisheries Science Center, as well as an undergraduate student in Natural Resource Management from Northern Mariana College. More...
  • June 30, 2014
    During April 1-4, PIFSC co-hosted the 2014 meeting of the Pacific Scientific Review Group (Pacific SRG) along with the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Island Regional Office (PIRO) and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC). The meeting was held in the NOAA Fisheries facilities at Pier 38 in Honolulu. More...
  • June 30, 2014
    In April, the PIFSC's Cetacean Research Program conducted surveys for cetaceans in the waters surrounding Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) in an effort to further develop a record of cetacean occurrence in the region and to gather photos and biopsy samples for population studies. More...

Recent Staff Publications

  • April 4, 2016
    Cetacean monitoring in the Mariana Islands Range Complex, 2015
    Hill MC, Oleson EM, Baumann-Pickering S, Van Cise AM, Ligon AD, Bendlin AR, U? AC, Trickey JS, Bradford AL
    [2016] Prepared for the U.S. Pacific Fleet Environmental Readiness Office. PIFSC Data Report DR-16-001. 33 p. + Appendix. doi:10.7289/V5H70CTG
  • March 25, 2016
    Development and testing of two towed volumetric hydrophone array prototypes to improve localization accuracy during shipboard line-transect cetacean surveys
    Barkley Y, Barlow J, Rankin S, D'Spain GL, Oleson EM
    [2016] U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum, NMFS-PIFSC-49, 42 p. doi:10.7289/V5TM784H
  • September 21, 2015
    Revised stock boundaries for false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) in Hawaiian waters
    Bradford AL, Oleson EM, Baird RW, Boggs CH, Forney KA, Young NC
    [2015] U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum, NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-47, 29 p. doi:10.7289/V5DF6P6J
  • June 8, 2015
    Injury determinations for humpback whales and other cetaceans reported to NOAA response networks in the Hawaiian Islands during 2007-2012
    Bradford AL, Lyman E
    [2015] U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Technical Memorandum NOAA-TM-NMFS-PIFSC-45, 29 p. doi:10.7289/V5TX3CB1
  • April 7, 2015
    Cetacean monitoring in the Mariana Islands Range Complex, 2014
    Hill MC, Oleson EM, Ligon AD, Martien KK, Archer FI, Baumann-Pickering S, Bendlin AR, Dolar L, Merkens KPB, Milette-Winfree A, Morin PA, Rice A, Robertson KM, Trickey JS, U AC, Van Cise A, Woodman SM
    [2015] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-15-003, 61 p. + Appendices. doi:10.7289/V56M34S8
  • March 14, 2015
    Analysis of long-term acoustic datasets for baleen whales and beaked whales within the Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC) for 2010 to 2013
    Oleson EM, Baumann-Pickering S, Sirovic A, Merkens KP, Munger LM, Trickey JS, Fisher-Pool P
    [2015] Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, PIFSC Data Report, DR-15-002, 19 p. doi:10.7289/V5CCOXPF