SC Working Group on Walrus – 23-25 October

The Walrus Working Group will meet at the Greenland Representation in Copenhagen in October 23-25, under the chairmanship of Rob Stewart (CA). The meeting is open only to members of the Scientific Committee and invited participants.

The WG will update the assessment of all the stocks, looking at new information on stock structure, life history parameters, catch statistics and abundance and trends. It will also consider the impact of non-hunting human activities.

Meeting Documents:

01 – Draft Agenda

02 – Draft List of Participants

03 – Draft List of Documents

04 – 08 – Working Documents (only available to participants)


For Information Documents:

FI01 – Report of the 2013 Walrus Working Group meeting.

FI02 – Extract of the SC22 (2015) report – 7.7. Walrus, including assessment of Baffin Bay stock.

FI03 – Higdon, J.W., and D.B. Stewart. 2018. State of circumpolar walrus (Odobenus rosmarus) populations. Prepared by Higdon Wildlife Consulting and Arctic Biological Consultants, Winnipeg, MB for WWF Arctic Programme, Ottawa, ON.

FI04 – Shadbolt, T., Arnbom, T. and Cooper, E.W.T. 2014. Hauling Out: International Trade and Management of Walrus. TRAFFIC and WWF-Canada. Vancouver, B.C.

FI05 – Gotfredsen, A. B., Appelt, M., & Hastrup, K. (2018). Walrus history around the North Water: Human–animal relations in a long-term perspective. Ambio, 47(S2), 193–212. 

FI06 – Haug, T., Bogstad, B., Chierici, M., Gjøsæter, H., Hallfredsson, E.H., Høines, Å.S., Hoel, A.H., Ingvaldsen, R.B., Jørgensen, L.L., Knutsen, T. and Loeng, H., 2017. Future harvest of living resources in the Arctic Ocean north of the Nordic and Barents Seas: a review of possibilities and constraints. Fisheries research188, pp.38-57.

FI07 – Ølberg, R.A., Kovacs, K.M., Bertelsen, M.F., Semenova, V. and Lydersen, C., 2017. Short Duration Immobilization of Atlantic walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) with etorphine, and reversal with Naltrexone. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine48(4), pp.972-978.

FI08 – Lindqvist, C., Roy, T., Lydersen, C., Kovacs, K.M., Aars, J., Wiig, Ø. and Bachmann, L., 2016. Genetic diversity of historical Atlantic walruses (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) from Bjørnøya and Håøya (Tusenøyane), Svalbard, Norway. BMC research notes9(1), p.112.

FI09 – Kovacs, K.M., Aars, J. and Lydersen, C., 2014. Walruses recovering after 60+ years of protection in Svalbard, Norway. Polar Research33(1), p.26034.

FI10 – Andersen, A.O., Heide-Jørgensen, M.P. and Flora, J., 2018. Is sustainable resource utilisation a relevant concept in Avanersuaq? The walrus case. Ambio47(2), pp.265-280.

FI11 – Wiig, Ø., Born, E.W. and Stewart, R.E., 2014. Management of Atlantic walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) in the arctic Atlantic. NAMMCO Scientific Publications9, pp.315-341.

FI12 – Andersen, L.W., Jacobsen, M.W., Lydersen, C., Semenova, V., Boltunov, A., Born, E.W., Wiig, Ø. and Kovacs, K.M., 2017. Walruses (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus) in the Pechora Sea in the context of contemporary population structure of Northeast Atlantic walruses. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society122(4), pp.897-915.

FI13 – Ugarte, F. 2015. Third standing non-detriment findings for exports from Greenland of products derived from Atlantic walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus). Greenland Institute of Natural Resources, CITES Scientific Authority Greenland, 1 July 2015. Letter to the Ministry of Domestic Affairs, Nature and Environment, Nuuk, Greenland. J. nr. 7 pp.

FI14 – Kovacs, K.M., 2016. Odobenus rosmarus ssp. rosmarus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e. T15108A66992323.

FI15 – Heide-Jørgensen, M.P., Flora, J., Andersen, A.O., Stewart, R.E., Nielsen, N.H. and Hansen, R.G., 2017. Walrus Movements in Smith Sound: A Canada-Greenland Shared Stock. Arctic70(3).

FI16 – Garde, E., Jung-Madsen, S., Ditlevsen, S., Hansen, R.G., Zinglersen, K.B. and Heide-Jørgensen, M.P., 2018. Diving behavior of the Atlantic walrus in high Arctic Greenland and Canada. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology500, pp.89-99.

FI17 – Stewart, R.E. and Stewart, B.E., 2005. Comparison of between‐tooth age estimates of Atlantic walrus (Odobenus rosmarus rosmarus). Marine mammal science21(2), pp.346-354.

FI18 – NAMMCO Impacts of Human Disturbance on Arctic marine mammals, with a focus on Belugas, Narwhals & Walrus, Report – 2015

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