Estimation of the abundance of the sei whale Balaenoptera borealis in the central and eastern North Pacific in summer using sighting data from 2010 to 2012

Estimation of the abundance of the sei whale Balaenoptera borealis in the central and eastern... The abundance of the sei whale Balaenoptera borealis in the central and eastern North Pacific (north of 40°N, south of the Alaskan coast including both the US and Canadian Exclusive Economic Zones between 170°E and 135°W), from July to August, was estimated by the line transect method using sighting data obtained during the 2010–2012 International Whaling Commission-Pacific Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research cruises. The probability of detecting whales at a perpendicular distance from the transect was estimated using two different models: hazard rate and half-normal models. Because the difference in Akaike’s information criterion between the two models was small, the Akaike weighted average of the two models was taken, which gave an estimated abundance of 29,632 (coefficient of variation, 0.242; 95% confidence interval, 18,576–47,267). This is the first abundance estimate of sei whales in this region based on systematic sighting survey data, which contributes to an understanding of the current status of this species. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Fisheries Science Springer Journals

Estimation of the abundance of the sei whale Balaenoptera borealis in the central and eastern North Pacific in summer using sighting data from 2010 to 2012

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Springer Journals
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Copyright © 2017 by The Author(s)
Subject
Life Sciences; Fish & Wildlife Biology & Management; Freshwater & Marine Ecology; Food Science
ISSN
0919-9268
eISSN
1444-2906
D.O.I.
10.1007/s12562-017-1121-1
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Abstract

The abundance of the sei whale Balaenoptera borealis in the central and eastern North Pacific (north of 40°N, south of the Alaskan coast including both the US and Canadian Exclusive Economic Zones between 170°E and 135°W), from July to August, was estimated by the line transect method using sighting data obtained during the 2010–2012 International Whaling Commission-Pacific Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research cruises. The probability of detecting whales at a perpendicular distance from the transect was estimated using two different models: hazard rate and half-normal models. Because the difference in Akaike’s information criterion between the two models was small, the Akaike weighted average of the two models was taken, which gave an estimated abundance of 29,632 (coefficient of variation, 0.242; 95% confidence interval, 18,576–47,267). This is the first abundance estimate of sei whales in this region based on systematic sighting survey data, which contributes to an understanding of the current status of this species.

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Fisheries ScienceSpringer Journals

Published: Aug 28, 2017

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