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Man-made sounds' effect on marine animals

...the thresholds previously used by NOAA," according to a NOAA web page.NOAA Field Office Supervisor with the Protected Resources Division Brad Smith said marine mammals in Alaska have "almost certainly" been negatively impacted by sound...
For Alaskans, orca film might stir memories of '80s-era controversy

...Scientists estimate only 7 whales remain in this group, down from 22 in the 1980s, according to NOAA's office of Protected Resources. (Read more here: the SeaWorld...
NMFS plans workshops on harbor seal protections

...where harbor seal populations have declined.Jon Kurland, assistant regional administrator for the agency's protected resources division, acknowledged that the issue of harbor seal disturbance has been around for years but said court-mandated...
NMFS denies seal endangered listing

...water where crab and other prey is abundant.Jon Kurland, NOAA Fisheries' assistant regional administrator for protected resources, said each species of ice-associated seal has different habitat requirements."Ribbon seals are fairly adaptable...
My Turn: Keeping whales, sea lions and people safe ? Jon Kurland is the Assistant Regional Administrator for the Protected Resources Division of NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region, which works to protect the viability of protected species-primarily...
Officials on the lookout for whale tangled in line, buoys

...untangled four or five in 15 years. Anyone who spots the whale is asked to call the Alaska Regional Office of Protected Resources at 586-7235. Tara Sidor can be reached at
Agency considers delisting eastern Steller sea lions

...sea lion recovery plan Deadline : July 24. Address comments to: Kaja Brix, Assistant regional administrator, Protected Resources Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Walsh. By e-mail: , including in the subject...
Biologist: ship likely killed whale

...animal. The whale was struck with enough force to sever its skull from its spine, said Michael Payne, head of protected resources with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Juneau. Payne led an examination team after the whale washed ashore...
Judge: Sea lion studies violate protection laws

...them recover. The research includes population monitoring and foraging and behavior patterns, said Kaja Brix, protected resources division director at the National Marine Fisheries Service's Alaska region office. "The lack of ability to...
New rules may separate ships, seals

...move forward in the near future" on the recommendations, said Aleria Jensen, a marine mammal specialist in the protected resources division. "This is a high priority issue for us." Cruise ships and other elements of large-scale tourism...


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