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IN THIS ISSUE
Saturday, November 15th
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Assessing Marine Mammal Populations
Do you ever wonder how scientists know how many whales are left? How do you determine if an endangered species, such as the blue whale, is recovering?
By law, the Marine Mammal Protection Act requires that the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) assess the stocks of marine mammals in U.S. waters. This assessment is designed to determine sustainable population levels to develop conservation and management strategies for different species.
Marine Reserves Come to the Farallones
Federal sanctuaries, such as the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, serve to protect marine areas. They protect against oil and gas exploration, monitor improper discharges, and preserve marine wildlife and habitat.
However, state waters overlap with federal sanctuary waters, and states have a significant role in these waters. Regulation of fishing in state waters is the responsibility of the state.
Meet Frank Beering
I believe I have the distinction in Beach Watch to have found the most dead human bodies. I found the “German tourist” on my very first survey.
I also found a 48 foot gray whale. They removed the carcass and blew it up at sea, but the bones returned.
Endangered Spotlight: Guadalupe Fur Seal
Today Guadalupe fur seals are rare visitors to our Sanctuary, but in the early 18th century they foraged up and down the California coast. Commercial hunting brought the species to near extinction—by 1825 they were nonexistent in California waters. By 1928, Guadalupe fur seals were considered completely extinct.
A quarter century later, a few dozen seals were rediscovered on Guadalupe Island, 200 km west of Baja California, Mexico. By the 1990’s, the species had recovered to around 10,000 seals.
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