Abundance Estimate Meeting Documents

Here you will find the meeting documents of past and upcoming meetings and workshops of the NAMMCO Abundance Estimates Working Group. Some of these documents require a password for access. Reports are found here.

8-10 October 2019, Tromsø, Norway

The Abundance Estimates Working Group (AEWG) will meet in Tromsø between 8-10 October 2019. The meeting is open to members of the NAMMCO Scientific Committee and invited experts.

Meeting documents (updated 01.10.2019)

01 – Draft Agenda (rev. 01.10.2019)

02 – Draft List of Participants

03 – Draft List of Documents  (rev. 09.10.19)

Working and For Information Documents (only available to participants)

22-24 May 2018, Greenland Representation, Copenhagen, Denmark

Report of the Abundance Estimates Working Group

Meeting Documents

01rev Draft agenda (130518)

02 Draft List of participants

03rev Draft List of documents (220518)


Working and For Information Documents (limited to WG participants)

28-29 October 2017, Halifax, Canada

1. To generate a set of North Atlantic wide abundance estimates for 2015/16 for those cetacean species for which sufficient data are available.
Species to include: minke whale, fin whale, humpback whale, pilot whale, sperm whale, whitebeaked dolphin, white-sided dolphin, common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise, beaked/bottlenose whales? others?
Estimates will be design-based, corrected for g(0) (if possible and if appropriate), and have appropriate measures of precision.
Outcomes: a complete set of estimates or, more likely, an incomplete set of estimates and an action plan to achieve a complete set in timely fashion.
2. To discuss modelling the spatial and temporal distribution and habitat use of cetaceans in the North Atlantic using data from 2015/16.
Discussions to include: the most important and available variables to inform modelling; the merits or otherwise of modelling the entire northern North Atlantic; the challenges of
combining multiple datasets from different projects/platforms/methodologies; logistics of making this happen (who, how funded, when, etc); other?
Outcomes: an action plan for moving forward.


Logistical information

Agenda and Provisional Schedule

Participants List (coming soon)

Distribution/abundance information for the Workshop

North Atlantic Abundance Estimates

Map of recently surveyed areas (coming soon)

NAMMCO Abundance Estimates Working Group Report Oct 2016


More reading…

Mannocci et al 2017 Extrapolating cetacean densities to quantitatively assess human impacts on populations in the high seas

Roberts et al 2016 Habitat-based cetacean density models for the U.S. Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico

Ballance et al 2006 Oceanographic influences on seabirds and cetaceans of the eastern tropical Pacific: A review

Vikingsson et al (2015) Distribution, abundance, and feeding ecology of baleen whales in Icelandic waters: have recent environmental changes had an effect?

MERP Summary for NAMMCO Workshop

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