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NOAA says Cook Inlet beluga numbers increased slightly

...changes from survey to survey don't tell us as much as the trend over a period of 10 to 20 years," population biologist Rod Hobbs said in the announcement. "Estimates can vary from year to year based on weather, oceanographic conditions, changes...
More beluga whales counted in Cook Inlet

...Anchorage, are considered a genetically distinct population and don't mix with the other four beluga groups in Alaska. Rod Hobbs, leader of the beluga project at the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle, said not too much should be made of this...
Scientists enlist elders in Beluga research

...ecological knowledge about the whales from Native elders and longtime residents, with help from Adams, Lucey, biologist Rod Hobbs at the National Marine Mammal Lab in Seattle and several others. O'Corry-Crowe is a researcher from the Southwest...
Alaska Digest

...the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle. "Basically, what we're seeing is no significant change," said Rod Hobbs, who oversees the population survey for the lab. "With the variability that we have in our estimates, they could be...
Cook Inlet beluga population growing

...good news in that comparing this to 1998, it shows more than a 3 percent annual growth rate," said federal biologist Rod Hobbs of the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle. Once thought to number 1,300 in Cook Inlet, the number of whales...
Count reveals no decline in Cook Inlet's beluga whales

...said Thursday. "Probably something more needs to be done for this species to recover, the question is what," said Rod Hobbs, an operation research analyst at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory at the Alaska Fisheries Science Center in Seattle...


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