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NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-241

US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessments -- 2016 (Second Edition)

Sean A Hayes1, Elizabeth Josephson1, Katherine Maze-Foley2, and Patricia E. Rosel3, Editors, with contributions from (listed alphabetically): Barbie Byrd4, Timothy V.N. Cole1, Laura Engleby5, Lance P. Garrison6, Joshua Hatch1, Allison Henry1, Stacey C. Horstman5, Jenny Litz6, Marjorie C. Lyssikatos1, Keith D. Mullin2, Christopher Orphanides1, Richard M. Pace1, Debra L. Palka1, Melissa Soldevilla6, and Frederick W. Wenzel1
1NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543
2NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, P.O. Drawer 1207, Pascagoula, MS 39568
3NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, 646 Cajundome Blvd. Suite 234, Lafayette, LA 70506
4NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, 101 Pivers Island, Beaufort, NC 28516
5NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
6NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, 75 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami, FL 33149

Web version posted June 27, 2017

Citation: Hayes SA, Josephson E, Maze-Foley K, Rosel, PE, editors. 2017. US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessments -- 2016. NOAA Tech Memo NMFS NE 241; 274 p. Available from: National Marine Fisheries Service, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1026, or online at /publications/ doi:10.7289/V5/TM-NEFSC-241

Information Quality Act Compliance: In accordance with section 515 of Public Law 106-554, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center completed both technical and policy reviews for this report. These predissemination reviews are on file at the NEFSC Editorial Office.

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CORRECTION: The first edition of this report, published in June 2017, had an incorrect value for North Atlantic right whale Potential Biological Removal (PBR). The PBR was reported as 1, but should have been reported as 0.9.

Individual sections available below.

TABLE 1. A Summary (including footnotes) of Atlantic Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports for Stocks of Marine Mammals under NMFS Authority that Occupy Waters under USA Jurisdiction

Stocks Assessed in 2016

North Atlantic Cetacean Species


Gulf of Mexico Cetacean Species


Appendix I: Estimated serious injury and mortality (SI&M) of Western North Atlantic marine mammals listed by U.S. observed fisheries

Appendix II: Summary of the confirmed anecdotal human-caused mortality and serious injury (SI) events

Appendix III: Fishery Descriptions

Appendix IV: Surveys and Abundance Estimates

Appendix V: Fishery Bycatch Summaries

Appendix VI: Reports not updated in 2016

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