Humpback whale numbers in the North Pacific have increased to almost 20,000, the largest the population has been since commercial whaling of humpbacks was banned in 1966. The increase is documented in the final report of an international study called SPLASH (Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpbacks) which involved 400 researchers from 10 countries and was partially funded by NOAA. News of the population increase is covered in Nature and the Honolulu Star Bulletin. A news release with additional information is posted on the EurekAlert!website.
Dr. Manjula Tiwari has just launched the first issue of the African Sea Turtle Newsletter, a free publication about the biology and conservation of sea turtles in Africa. Dr. Tiwari is a marine turtle ecologist with the Marine Mammal and Turtle Division at SWFSC.
"Regional Fisheries Oceanography of the California Current System The CalCOFI program" by Sam McClatchie has been published by Springer, and is available at http www.springer.com life+sciences animal+sciences book 978 94 007 7222 9“This book is a comprehensive survey
Dr. Lisa Ballance, Director of the Marine Mammal and Turtle Division at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center was featured on the cover of winter edition of the AWIS magazine. Lisa was interviewed by the magazine she