Report on estimating the size of dolphin schools, based on data obtained during a charter cruise of the M/V Gina Anne, October 11 -November 25, 1979

Allen, R.L. and Bratten, D.A and Laake, J.L and Lambert, J.F. and Perryman, W.L. and Scott, M.D. (1980) Report on estimating the size of dolphin schools, based on data obtained during a charter cruise of the M/V Gina Anne, October 11 -November 25, 1979. La Jolla, CA, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, (Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Data Report, 6)

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Abstract

Estimates of dolphin school sizes made by observers and crew members aboard tuna seiners or by observers on ship or aerial surveys are important components of population estimates of dolphins which are involved in the yellowfin tuna fishery in the eastern Pacific. Differences in past estimates made from tuna seiners and research ships and aircraft have been noted by Brazier (1978). To compare various methods of estimating dolphin school sizes a research cruise was undertaken with the following major objectives: 1) compare estimates made by observers aboard a tuna seiner and in the ship's helicopter, from aerial photographs, and from counts made at the backdown channel, 2) compare estimates of observers who are told the count of the school size after making their estimate to the observer who is not aware of the count to determine if observers can learn to estimate more accurately, and 3) obtain movie and still photographs of dolphin schools of known size at various stages of chase, capture and release to be used for observer training. The secondary objectives of the cruise were to: 1) obtain life history specimens and data from any dolphins that were killed incidental to purse seining. These specimens and data were to be analyzed by the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service ( NMFS ) , 2) record evasion tactics of dolphin schools by observing them from the helicopter while the seiner approached the school, 3) examine alternative methods for estimating the distance and bearing of schools where they were first sighted, 4) collect the Commission's standard cetacean sighting, set log and daily activity data and expendable bathythermograph data. (PDF contains 31 pages.)

Item Type: Monograph or Serial Issue
Title: Report on estimating the size of dolphin schools, based on data obtained during a charter cruise of the M/V Gina Anne, October 11 -November 25, 1979
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Allen, R.L.
Bratten, D.A
Laake, J.L
Lambert, J.F.
Perryman, W.L.
Scott, M.D.
Series Name: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Data Report
Number: 6
Date: 1980
Publisher: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
Place of Publication: La Jolla, CA
Issuing Agency: Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
Uncontrolled Keywords: dolphin school size; school size estimation
Subjects: Management
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 3585
Depositing User: Joan Parker
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2010 12:20
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 17:08
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/3585

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