This volume outlines the major findings from the Norwegian research programme on whales and seals in Norwegian waters. A wide range of topics are covered, including physiological aspects, social organization, population dynamics, stock assessment and management. The book will be of great value to scientists and managers, as well as to members of the general public interested in environmental issues.

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Due to space limitations, only a selection of the published papers are listed hereunder. Stock assessment. Estimating the abundance of marine mammals: a North Atlantic perspective (P.S. Hammond). Increased accuracy in the estimation of harp seal (Phoca groenlandica) abundance in whelping patches (V.I. Chernook et al.). Stock Identity and social organization. Genetic variation in northeastern Atlantic minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) (A.K. Daníelsdóttir et al.). Parasites as indicators of social structure and stock identity of marine mammals (J.A. Balbuena et al.). Studies of the social ecology of Norwegian killer whales (Orcinus orca) (A. Bisther, D. Vongraven). Distribution, diet and feeding ecology. Distribution and diving behaviour of hooded seals (L.P. Folkow, A.S. Blix). Food consumption of the Northeast Atlantic stock of harp seals (E.S. Nordøy et al.). Feeding ecology of harp and hooded seals in the Davis Strait - Baffin Bay region (F.O. Kapel). Energetics and other physiological aspects. Harp and hooded seals - a case study in the determinants of mating systems in pinnipeds (K.M. Kovacs). Body condition of fin whales during summer off Iceland (G.A. Víkingsson). Variation in the metabolic rates of captive harbour seals (D. Rosen, D. Renouf). Population dynamics. Population dynamics: species traits and environmental influence (C.W. Fowler). Migration strategy of southern minke whales to maintain high reproductive rate (H. Kato). Harp seals as indicators of the Barents Sea ecosystem (Y.K. Timoshenko). Interactions with fisheries. Strategies to reduce the incidental capture of marine mammals and other species in fisheries (M.A. Hall). Ecological implications of harp seal Phoca groenlandica invasions in northern Norway (T. Haug, K.T. Nilssen).


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