Distribution and Abundance of Marine Mammals, Sea Turtles and Seabirds along the Atlantic Coast
We are leading a consortium of academic institutions in implementing a large-scale research and monitoring program to provide the U.S. Navy with baseline data on the occurrence, density and residency patterns of marine mammals, seabirds and sea turtles at several reference sites in the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing area. We are conducting year-round field work off the Norfolk Canyon, Virginia, Cape Hatteras, North Carolina and Jacksonville, Florida. The Consortium includes Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institition and the University of St. Andrews in the U.K. Our monitoring program is comprised of line transect aerial surveys, photo-identification, biopsy sampling, deployment of satellite-linked and Digital Acoustic tags, behavioral observations and passive acoustic monitoring using High Frequency Acoustic Recording Packages. This program is yielding a rich picture of the distribution and ecology of marine megafauna, and particularly pelagic cetaceans, in these areas. This project is supported by Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic.
Population Structure of Bottlenose Dolphins in North Carolina
Distribution and Abundance of Marine Mammals in Camp Lejeune