Place seabird/marine mammal observers on ships of opportunity – focusing on research vessels and programs such as NOAA stock assessment surveys and NFS-funded programs. To obtain data on seabird/marine mammal distribution and abundance throughout Alaska waters, with corresponding oceanographic and biological data from other projects on the same cruises. Data to be included in syntheses as part of Bering Sea Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (BSIERP, NPRB), and will be added to the N. Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database (NPPSD).
Marine birds and mammal counts processed into animals per km2.
US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
(1) N. Pacific Research Board, (2) Bering Ecosystem Study, BEST Program (NSF-funded studies of Bering Sea), (3) North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database (USGS & USFWS database). Networks: Bering Ecosystem Study (BEST)