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Proceedings 2011/014

Zonal Advisory Meeting of the National Marine Mammal Peer Review Committee (NMMPRC): 2010 Admiralty Inlet Narwhal Survey; March 30, 2011

Chairperson: Don Bowen


The National Marine Mammal Peer Review Committee (NMMPRC) held a zonal science peer review on March 30, 2011, via WebEx and teleconference. The purpose of this meeting was to review the results of the 2010 aerial survey analysis and the abundance estimated for the Admiralty Inlet narwhal summering stock. Based on the abundance estimate, an updated sustainable harvest level (total allowable landed catch) for the summering stock was to be determined. Meeting participants included Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) Science (National Capital, Newfoundland and Labrador, Maritimes, and Central and Arctic regions), DFO Fisheries Management, the Nunavut Wildlife Management Board, Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – National Marine Fisheries Service and an independent expert from Portugal. A draft Research Document was distributed prior to the meeting. During the meeting, participants discussed the methods used to analyze the survey results and determine total allowable landed catch. Partial re-analysis of the data was recommended to address concerns related to bias. This Proceedings report summarizes the relevant discussions and presents the key conclusions reached at the meeting. The Science Advisory Report and its supporting Research Document are published on the DFO Canadian Science Advisory Secretariat Website.

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