U.S. Department of Commerce


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Published in NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-F/NEC-103 (1994) 36 p.


Marine mammal research supported by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center from 1980 to 1989 is described in the context of four research areas defined retrospectively: (1) ecological roles and habitat requirements, (2) human interactions, (3) optimum sustainable population size, and (4) research planning and archiving. Within each area, contract and in· house projects are grouped into a number of research topics which are based on actual projects completed. Research activities and results, along with the total amount of money spent, are summarized for each topic. The relationship of the research supported over the decade to the recommendations of a research planning workshop held in 1979 is described. Finally, the implications for future research based on the progress made over the decade, as well as the implications of changing information needs, are discussed.