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NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS-NE-238

US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessments -- 2015

Gordon T. Waring1, Elizabeth Josephson1, Katherine Maze-Foley2, and Patricia E. Rosel3, Editors, with contributions from (listed alphabetically): Barbie Byrd4, Timothy V.N. Cole1, Laura Engleby5, Lance P. Garrison6, Joshua Hatch1, Allison Henry1, Stacey C. Horstman5, Jenny Litz6, Marjorie C. Lyssikatos1, Keith D. Mullin2, Christopher Orphanides1, Richard M. Pace1, Debra L. Palka1, Melissa Soldevilla6, and Frederick W. Wenzel1
1National Marine Fisheries Service, 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543
2National Marine Fisheries Service, 3209 Frederic St., Pascagoula, MS 39567
3National Marine Fisheries Service, 646 Cajundome Blvd. Suite 234, Lafayette, LA 70506
4 National Marine Fisheries Service, 101 Pivers Island, Beaufort, NC 28516
5National Marine Fisheries Service, 263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
6National Marine Fisheries Service, 75 Virginia Beach Dr., Miami, FL 33149

Web version posted June 14, 2016

Citation: Waring GT, Josephson E, Maze-Foley K, Rosel, PE, editors. 2016. US Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Marine Mammal Stock Assessments -- 2015. NOAA Tech Memo NMFS NE 238; 501 p. Available from: National Marine Fisheries Service, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1026. doi:10.7289/V57S7KTN

Information Quality Act Compliance: In accordance with section 515 of Public Law 106-554, the Northeast Fisheries Science Center completed both technical and policy reviews for this report. These predissemination reviews are on file at the NEFSC Editorial Office.

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TABLE 1. A Summary (including footnotes) of Atlantic Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports for Stocks of Marine Mammals under NMFS Authority that Occupy Waters under USA Jurisdiction

Stocks Assessed in 2015

North Atlantic Cetacean Species


  • Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina concolor): Western North Atlantic Stock
  • Gray Seal (Halichoerus grypus grypus): Western North Atlantic Stock

Gulf of Mexico Cetacean Species


Appendix I: Estimated serious injury and mortality (SI&M) of Western North Atlantic marine mammals listed by U.S. observed fisheries for 2009-2013

Appendix II: Summary of the confirmed anecdotal human-caused mortality and serious injury (SI) events.

Appendix III: Fishery Descriptions

Appendix IV: Surveys and Abundance Estimates

Appendix V: Fishery Bycatch Summaries

Appendix VI: Reports not updated in 2015

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