Habitat preference of the Yangtze finless porpoise in a minimally disturbed environment

Mei, Zhigang; Chen, Mao; Li, Yongtao; Huang, Shiang-Lin; Haung, Jie; Han, Yi; Zhu, Binting; Li, Chunsheng; Wang, Kexiong; Wang, Ding
Ecological Modelling (2017)

Analyses of animal species distribution in a neutral or minimally-interrupted habitat provide a baseline that is essential for assessment of population status, identification of key habitat, and conservation planning for…


Don’t forget the porpoise: Acoustic monitoring reveals fine scale temporal variation between bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise in Cardigan Bay SAC

Nuuttila, Hanna K.; Courtene-Jones, Winnie; Baulch, Sarah; Simon, Malene; Evans, Peter G. H.
Marine Biology (2017)

Populations of bottlenose dolphin and harbour porpoise inhabit Cardigan Bay, which was designated a Special Area of Conservation (SAC), with bottlenose dolphin listed as a primary feature for its conservation…


Passive acoustic methods for fine-scale tracking of harbour porpoises in tidal rapids

Macaulay, Jamie; Gordon, Jonathan; Gillespie, Douglas; Malinka, Chloë; Northridge, Simon
The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2017)

The growing interest in generating electrical power from tidal currents using tidal turbine generators raises a number of environmental concerns, including the risk that marine mammals might be injured or…


Habitat-based density models for three cetacean species off southern California illustrate pronounced seasonal differences

Becker, Elizabeth A.; Forney, Karin A.; Thayre, Bruce J.; Debich, Amanda J.; Campbell, Gregory S.; Whitaker, Katherine; Douglas, Annie B.; Gilles, Anita; Hoopes, Ryan; Hildebrand, John A.
Frontiers in Marine Science (2017)

Managing marine species effectively requires spatially and temporally explicit knowledge of their density and distribution. Habitat-based density models, a type of species distribution model (SDM) that uses habitat covariates to…


Year-round spatiotemporal distribution of harbour porpoises within and around the Maryland wind energy area

Wingfield, Jessica E.; O’Brien, Michael; Lyubchich, Vyacheslav; Roberts, Jason J.; Halpin, Patrick N.; Rice, Aaron N.; Bailey, Helen
PLOS ONE (2017)

Offshore windfarms provide renewable energy, but activities during the construction phase can affect marine mammals. To understand how the construction of an offshore windfarm in the Maryland Wind Energy Area…


Diurnal variation in harbour porpoise detection – Potential implications for management

Williamson, L. D.; Brookes, K. L.; Scott, B. E.; Graham, I. M.; Thompson, P. M.
Marine Ecology Progress Series (2017)

Robust information on animal distributions and foraging behaviour is required to target management and conservation measures for protected species and populations. Visual survey data are commonly used to model these…


Habitat preferences among three top predators inhabiting a degraded ecosystem, the Black Sea

Sánchez-Cabanes, Alicia; Nimak-Wood, Maja; Harris, Nicola; de Stephanis, Renaud
Scientia Marina (2017)

This study investigated whether there is evidence of widespread niche partitioning based on environmental factors in the Black Sea and tested the hypothesis that physiographic factors may be employed as…


COSEWIC assessment and status report on the harbour porpoise (Pacific Ocean population) Phocoena phocoena vomerina in Canada

Hall, A.; Heise, K.
COSEWIC Status Reports (2017)

Wildlife Species Description and Significance The Pacific Harbour Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena vomerina) is the smallest cetacean in British Columbia (BC), ranging from 1.5 to 1.6 m and 45 to 60…


Distribution of Dall’s porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli, in the North Pacific and Bering Sea, based on T/S Oshoro Maru 2012 summer cruise data

Suzuki, Sachiko; Sekiguchi, Keiko; Mitani, Yoko; Onishi, Hiroji; Kamito, Takehiko
Zoological Science (2016)

Dall's porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli) is a small toothed cetacean, widely inhabiting the North Pacific Ocean and adjacent seas, between about 30 and 62°N; however, only limited studies of its ecology…