Vocalisation rates of the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

Vocalisation rates of the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis)

Ship strikes have been identified as a major cause of mortality in modern times for the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis). From 1970-1999, 16 of the 32 fatalities for which cause of death could be ascertained were due to vessel strikes, and a further 13 were of unknown cause (Knowlton and Kraus, 2001; Laist et al., 2001). The Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission has made specific recommendations for reducing ship strikes following a workshop in Cape Town, South Africa (IWC, 1999). These recognise the need for surveillance systems that would give real-time information on the location of right whales in particular high-risk areas. The need for long term information on right whale distribution and its relation to other variables, such as prey abundance, is also recognised.

Experts

Dr. Maria (Masha) N. Vorontsova, Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Regional Director, Russia & CIS
Dr. Ralf (Perry) Sonntag, Country Director, Germany
Country Director, Germany
Isabel McCrea, Regional Director, Oceania
Regional Director, Oceania
IFAW Japan Representative
IFAW Japan Representative
Patrick Ramage, Program Director, Whales
Program Director, Whales