Traditional Knowledge of the Ecology of Belugas, Delphinapterus leucas, in Cook Inlet, Alaska

Huntington , Henry P. (2002) Traditional Knowledge of the Ecology of Belugas, Delphinapterus leucas, in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Marine Fisheries Review, 62(3), pp. 134-140.

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Abstract

The population of belugas, Delphinapterus leucas, in Cook Inlet, Alaska, is geographically isolated and appears to be declining. Conservation efforts require appropriate information about population levels and trends, feeding and behavior, reproduction, and natural and anthropogenic impacts. This study documents traditional ecological knowledge of the Alaska Native hunters of belugas in Cook Inlet to add information from this critical source. Traditional knowledge about belugas has been documented elsewhere by the author, and the same methods were used in Cook Inlet to systematically gather information concerning knowledge of the natural history of this beluga population and its habitat. The hunters’knowledge is largely consistent with what is known from previous research, and it extends the published descriptions of the ecology of beluga whales in Cook Inlet. Making this information available and involving the hunters to a greater extent in research and management are important contributions to the conservation of Cook Inlet beluga

Item Type: Article
Title: Traditional Knowledge of the Ecology of Belugas, Delphinapterus leucas, in Cook Inlet, Alaska
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Huntington , Henry P.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Fisheries Review
Volume: 62
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 134-140
Date: 2002
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Ecology
Fisheries
Item ID: 9776
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 20:24
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2013 12:30
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/9776

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