CETACEAN AND ECOSYSTEM ASSESSMENT SURVEYS IN THE CALIFORNIA CURRENT
California Current Ecosystem Surveys for Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: Mandates and Research Overview (PDF)
Surveys of the California Current have been conducted under several names, depending on the emphasis of the survey. Primarily, these surveys are line-transect cetacean surveys off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington, out to a distance of approximately 300 miles. The primary objective of the surveys is to estimate the abundance, and understand the distribution, of dolphins and whales which are commonly found off of the west coast. ORCAWALE was first conducted in 2001 using NOAA Ship David Starr Jordan for Legs 1 through 5; the final leg was conducted on NOAA Ship McArthur. In 2005, the name of the cruise name was changed to CSCAPE to reflect collaborative work with National Marine Sanctuaries to obtain fine scale sampling in several sanctuaries. In 2008, the cruise was conducted again under the name ORCAWALE. In 2014, the cruise is called the California Current Cetacean and Ecosystem Assessment Survey, CalCurCEAS, to emphasize the work in the California Current.
Jay Barlow is the Chief Scientist.