Wednesday, October 11, 2017

2017 North Atlantic Right Whale Unusual Mortality Event :: NOAA Fisheries

2017 North Atlantic Right Whale Unusual Mortality Event :: NOAA Fisheries

Since June 7, 2017, elevated North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) mortalities have occurred primarily in Canada.  A total of 14 confirmed dead stranded whales (12 in Canada; 2 in the U.S.), and five live whale entanglements in Canada have been documented to date. 
This event has been declared an Unusual Mortality Event (UME).
The 2017 annual North Atlantic right mortalities includes one stranding in the U.S. in April 2017 prior to the UME. Note: Graph represents confirmed mortalities that were reported in each country and does not always reflect the location of the injury or death of the animal.  Carcasses may drift across national boundaries, therefore a carcass may be sighted or

Monday, May 01, 2017

SCHOLARSHIPS - looking for experienced cetaceans and marine turtles researchers (PhD, Master and Degree levels) for project Mistic Seas II - MADEIRA Archipelago - PORTUGAL

Project MISTIC SEAS II, OOM-ARDITI (Madeira Oceanic Observatory / Madeira Research, Tecnology and Development Agency) has announced the following scholarships:

  1. One researcher (level PhD) with experience in line-transect distance sampling surveys (preferably MRDS – Mark-Recapture Distance Sampling) of cetacean and/or sea turtles'. The successful candidate should have field experience in carrying out and/or coordinating surveys, in organising, validating and processing data and finally in analysis of data to estimate abundances and generate surface density distribution maps, with General Addictive Models (GAMs), using Distance software and/or R specific package software. The selected applicants will temporarily integrate the Madeira Whale Museum team (partner of OOM - Madeira Oceanic Observatory), with decades of experience in the study of cetaceans in Madeira archipelago. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=212

  1. Four cetaceans and sea turtles' observers (level graduate students), with knowledge and experience in visual detection and data collection of the above-mentioned species, preferably with experience in distance sampling line transect surveys. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=209

  1. One cetacean photo-id researcher (Master degree), with knowledge and experience in photo-identification of small delphinidae, preferably of bottlenose dolphin and/or short-finned pilot whales, to carry out a photo-identification study to estimate abundance of these species using Capture-Mark-Recapture (CMR) methods following the Robust design. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=210

  1. One marine turtle's researcher (level graduate students), preferably with knowledge and experience in locating, identifying and capturing marine turtles at sea. This person should also have knowledge and experience in carrying out biological sampling of turtles at sea and in the laboratory. For further information - http://www.arditi.pt/index.php/concursos/bolsas-concursos?id=211

The deadline for the submission of applications for the scholarships is the 19th May 2017. For further information on each scholarship please follow the links provided above.

The selected applicants that working with cetaceans (A,B,C) will integrate temporarily the Madeira Whale Museum scientific team (partner of OOM - Madeira Oceanic Observatory), while the marine turtle's researcher (D) will temporarily integrate the University of Madeira (partner of the OOM - Madeira Oceanic Observatory). Both Institutions have decades of experience in research studies in Madeira archipelago in their respective fields of expertise. The work will be carried out in Madeira archipelago, Portugal.

"MISTIC SEAS II – Applying a subregional coherent and coordinated approach to the monitoring and assessment of marine biodiversity in Macaronesia for the second cycle of the MSFD", is a project financed by the DG ENV, European Commission (No. 11.0661/2017/750679/SUB/ENV.C2). The project aims at implementing the common monitoring programs designed in MISTIC SEAS project and reinforce regionally coherent, coordinated and consistent updates to the determination of GES, as well as to prepare the next steps of the 2nd cycle of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive - MSFD (2008/56/EC).

Kind Regards,

Luís Freitas

Biólogo Marinho - Marine Biologist
Coordenador da Unidade de Ciência - Head of the Science Unit
Museu da Baleia - Madeira Whale Museum
Rua Garcia Moniz Nº.1, 9200-031 Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal.
T: 00 351 291 961 858 | F: 00 351 291 961 859

Sunday, April 30, 2017

JOBS: Job Opening for MMO/PAM operator

Job opening for experienced MMO/PAM Operator.  Must have at least 2 years offshore experience including work from semisubs and on VSPs.  Must be willing and able to work in Israel.  Must be available for rapid deployment from May to July 2017.   Job provides excellent compensation commiserate for a professional MMO/PAM operator including full day rates for all travel and standby, per diem policy, and all expenses covered.  Rates and job information will be provided upon submission of the following: 1) Resume 2) Copy of passport with a full list of countries traveled 3) All training and medical certificates.   Submit to: Teresa Bohuszewicz tbohuszewicz@marineventures.com

INTERNS: Internship with Cascadia Research Collective

Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington is looking for interns for summer and fall of 2017, and winter and spring of 2018 
Cascadia Research Collective is a 501(c)3 non-profit research and education organization founded in 1979. Most of our research is focused on whale and dolphin populations along the west coast of North America and in Hawaiʻi. For more information about Cascadia and our research please visit www.cascadiaresearch.org
We are seeking interns to help with our U.S. west coast and Hawaiʻi research projects. Both internships are office-based positions in Olympia, Washington.
We are currently filling positions for:
Summer 2017 (July-September)
Fall 2017 (September-December)
Winter 2018 (January-March)
Spring 2018 (April-June)

International applicants will also be considered, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire necessary visas and documentation.
Internship Details:
Cascadia gives priority to those seeking internships for college/university credit as well as to those who can commit full time (40 hours a week). We prefer upper-level undergraduate students with some science background or those seeking to go to or who are already in graduate school in a marine science field. These positions are unpaid and at this time we are not able to provide housing. The internships are generally three months in length, although exceptions can be made depending on the academic calendar of the college or university and the schedule of the applicant.
Project Descriptions:
Interns with Cascadia primarily assist with photo-identification catalogs. In this capacity, interns will be expected to spend a large portion of their time comparing photographs to our existing catalogs, and may additionally be involved in digital image processing, data entry, and tasks related to historical catalog maintenance.  However, depending upon the season there may also be some opportunities to assist staff in field data collection along the west coast and in addition, interns will assist staff in stranding response in Washington state. This includes participation in beach surveys, data and specimen collection, data entry, and assisting in necropsies of both pinnipeds and cetaceans. Responses may involve hiking into remote areas and carrying heavy loads.

US west coast photo-ID studies focus on baleen whales, including humpback, blue, and gray whales off the US West Coast and the inside waters of Washington state.
Hawaiʻi photo-ID studies focus on a variety of species of odontocetes, including rough-toothed dolphins, false killer whales, beaked whales and bottlenose dolphins. For more information on the Hawaiʻi projects please visit http://cascadiaresearch.org/projects/hawaii
Photo identification requires a high degree of focus and attention to detail, and interns can expect to spend the majority of their time comparing photographs.
Successful applicants should have the following skills:
- strong communication skills
- focus and attention to detail
- willingness to spend long hours in front of a computer
- ability to work independently
If you are interested in interning with Cascadia, please visit our website and send a CV (including references and their contact information), two letters of recommendation, and a letter of interest that describes why you are applying for the position and how the experience will help you be successful in meeting long-term goals.
For a US west coast project internship please send the information to:
Kiirsten Flynn: kflynn@cascadiaresearch.org
For a Hawaiʻi project internship please send the information to:
If you would like to be considered for either, please indicate that in your letter and send to both.

INTERNS: Melbourne Beach Marine Mammal Internship

Interns will assist with manatee rescues, carcass salvages, and research in east central Florida.
The Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's (FWRI) Marine Mammal Research subsection is looking for an intern to assist with manatee salvage, rescue, and research at the Melbourne Beach field lab (which includes Brevard, Indian River, Volusia, Orange, Osceola, Lake, Seminole Counties). Normally, there is one intern per season: Spring (Jan-April), Summer (May-Aug), and Fall (Sept-Dec). Start and end dates can be worked out with the intern supervisor. Interns will assist with field necropsies as needed and conduct photo identification, radio tracking and temperature monitoring as time permits. Interns will also complete mortality and rescue reports, perform equipment maintenance and assist with other office work as needed. The intern is required to complete a project and present a 10-15 minute seminar on the work accomplished during their internship.
  • a junior or senior college student or recent graduate (special cases are considered but applicants must be 18 years or older);
  • comfortable driving large trucks and speaking to the public;
  • computer literate, in possession of a valid driver's license, able to lift 50 pounds and able to swim.
  • Previous experience with digital SLR cameras, telephoto lenses, and filters;
  • Previous animal handling experience.;
  • Ability to trailer and operate watercrafts up to 22' in length and experience with radio telemetry tracking gear 
Applicants should be aware this internship will require them to be wet, dirty and outdoors in all weather conditions. This position is unpaid and housing is not provided. Interns must provide their own transportation to and from the field station.
Application Process
If you are interested in applying for an internship with the FWRI, please provide the following information:
  • A cover letter describing area(s) of interest and the dates, days and hours of availability.
  • A résumé describing training and experience.
  • Names and contact information for at least three references.
  • An unofficial copy of your academic transcript.
Please send these items as e-mail attachments to: Interns@MyFWC.com
If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies can be mailed to:
Internship Coordinator
Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Avenue SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5020

JOBS: Alaska Marine Mammal Job Posting

The National Marine Fisheries Service's Protected Resources Division seeks a motivated individual with experience working with Alaskan subsistence hunters and Alaska Native Tribal members to assist in the management of northern fur seals and other marine mammals.

This position is a Marine Mammal Specialist, ZP-0401-2 (equivalent to GS-7/9), with an annual salary of $44,952 to $78,721 depending upon experience.  The job will be located in Anchorage and will require frequent travel to the Pribilof Islands.

Duties will include:
- Subsistence harvest monitoring
- Implementation of conservation and recovery programs for marine mammals
- Marine mammal stranding and entanglement response
- Marine mammal co-management with Alaska Native organizations

Applicant qualifications:  Applicants must have a degree in the biological sciences, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of education and experience (courses equivalent to a major in a related field plus appropriate experience or additional education), AND specialized experience:
- Working with Alaskan subsistence hunters and Alaska Native Tribal members
- Collaborating or working on teams to complete tasks related to natural resource management
- Applying laws and/or regulations related to natural resource management
- Working independently and identifying ways to benefit a work unit's goals

Please look for the posting at www.usajobs.gov on our about April 27.  I think you'll be able to search using one of the following announcement numbers:
NMFS-AKR-2017-0013 (current or former federal civilian employees who hold or held non-temporary appointments in the competitive service)
NMFS-AKR-2017-0014 (any US citizen)

If you don't find the posting using the numbers above, or if you have other questions, contact Greg Balogh at greg.balogh@noaa.gov or 907-271-3023.

Please forward this email to others who may be interested.  Thanks!

Jon Kurland
Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources
NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Region

INTERNS: Humpback Whale Fluke and Fin Matching-internship

The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC) is seeking individuals interested in fluke and fin matching for the Puerto Rico and Turks and Caicos Humpback Whale Research projects. This project is a good fit for an internship or research assistant position in Spring Hill, Florida (Gulf Coast, north of Tampa).  NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED. We will train all volunteers.
We have many photos that need to be matched and entered into our catalogs as well as matching fins from other catalogs from the North Atlantic. This is a volunteer position, valuable in gaining experience for marine mammal research, and will take place in Spring Hill, Florida. The number of hours must be at least 8 per week in 4 hour blocks. The days can vary throughout the summer. It is possible to have more than one person work on this project, as well as other data analysis related to marine mammal research.
Please note that positions with MCERC are used as a means to identify undergrads who are interested in becoming field associated for winter research positions collecting data and teaching interns upon completion of a Bachelor of Science degree.
Interested? Please email a letter of interest and your CV/resume (as a single pdf) to Nicole@Marine-Eco.org. Be sure to include your 1 year and 5 year goals related to marine mammal (or related) science. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


Program: The South West Marine Research Program is a long-term, monitoring project on the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins of South West Australia. The program is based in Bunbury (South of Perth in Western Australia) and is a collaboration between Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit and numerous industry and non-profit partners. Previous research focused on dolphin population dynamics, abundance, social structure, habitat use, conservation, genetic and foraging ecology http://mucru.org/research-projects/south-west-marine-researchprogram/

PhD Outline: Here, I am seeking THREE research volunteers assist in collecting data for my PhD, from the 8th of June till the 17th of September 2017. The project explores the ecological consequences and socio-economic drivers of a food provisioning program of free-ranging bottlenose dolphins in Bunbury, Western Australia. The feeding is conducted under a state license by Dolphin Discovery Center as part of their touristic offer. I examine both the short- and long-term ecological consequences of food provisioning at both the individual and population level. Specifically, the project aims to determine potential effects of food provisioning on dolphin behavioral budgets, maternal care, home range sizes, reproductive success and social dynamics. Moreover, the project explores the satisfaction level and attitude towards food provisioning of staff and visitors. Ecological and socio-economic consequences of food provisioning will then inform management planning. Data on dolphin behavior are collected from boat and from the beach where the food provisioning takes place. Additionally, questionnaires will be distributed to the visitors and staff of the Dolphin Discovery Centre. This experience will be most useful to students or anyone wishing to pursue a career in behavioral ecology, conservation and social science or marine science.
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit, South West Marine Research Program office based at the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury. http://www.dolphindiscovery.com.au/

Field: Behavioural data collection, spotting wildlife, boat driving, social science, photo identification
Office: Data entry, fin matching, project organization. Computer programs used for data are: FinBase, ACDSee, Microsoft Access, Excel and Word.
Assistants should be adaptable and patient as fieldwork is highly weather dependent. Fieldwork will vary between weekdays and weekends and can be long hours and on consecutive days.
 Preferred skills/traits:
1. Enrolled in or completed a degree in biology, marine science, animal behaviour or a related field.
2. Previous field experience with wildlife (behavioural field data collection, photoidentification).
3. Boating experience.
4. Be enthusiastic, team oriented and have a positive attitude as well as a genuine interest in wildlife science.
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide monetary compensation or living provisions and research assistants will be responsible for their own travel to Western Australia and living expenses. Please note, the Bunbury backpackers and the Rosa Hotel provide good discounts for volunteers and research assistants of the Dolphin Discovery Centre. Moreover, additional help in finding shared accommodation can be provided.
If you are interested in volunteering or interning, please provide a short CV and a cover letter to the attention of valeria.senigaglia@gmail.com.

Valeria Senigaglia
PhD Candidate
Murdoch Cetacean Research Unit
Murdoch University

OBSERVERS: Immediate need for Manatee Observers (Paid)

Tide Environmental is recruiting individuals to monitor for manatees within Florida waters. Protected species observers monitor the impacts of ESA-listed species, including any potential interactions with or takes of those species. Tide Environmental specializes in providing individuals for marine construction projects when regulations deem there is a potential impact to Endangered or Threatened Species.

We are seeking resumes for the position of Manatee Observer. Individuals are being sought for shore based projects monitoring for manatee, sea turtles, and other protected species of interest in conjunction with an upcoming clamshell dredging project. Applicants with prior NMFS Protected/Endangered Species approval will be given preference. Applicants must have experience observing manatees in the wild. Applicants possessing both manatee and sea turtle qualifications are desirable.

Beginning Date: Mid-April 2017

Minimum Requirements:
·       Must have documented experience working with manatees
·       Must have or be able to obtain NMFS Protected Species Approval
·       Must possess or be able to obtain a TWIC card for access to job sites
·       Must be able to work 12 hour shifts for 21-30 days in a row with no days off onboard ships
·       Must be in good physical shape and able to stand for hours at a time, climb ladders, lift 50lbs, board vessels at sea, and operate in a safe manner
·       Must be detailed oriented and possess good communication skills
·       Must have reliable transportation and will be responsible for your own travel to job locations
·       Must be able to provide your own transportation from the housing location to/from the project site
·       Must be able to travel on short notice
·       Maintain objectivity and work independently
·       Must be able to work with ship and construction crews
·       Must reside within the continental U.S.
·       B.S. in Marine Biology or related field (specialized experience may substitute for educational experience)
·       Extensive, documented HANDS-ON manatee experience is mandatory to be considered
·       Ability to identify sea turtle and marine mammals to species level
·       Detailed data collection
·       Must possess or be able to obtain a TWIC card for access to job sites
·       Necropsy experience is a plus

This is an Independent Contractor position. As an Independent Contractor travel to/from projects is the responsibility of the observer, there are no benefits, and taxes are the responsibility of the observer. You will be issued a 1099 at the end of each year for taxes. Housing is provided at the project location.

Individuals possessing the above criteria are asked to submit the following to info@tideenvironmental.com
·       Resume/CV detailing your relevant experience
·       Immediate availability
·       References

VOLUNTEERS: Dolphin Research: Volunteer Field Experience, Bimini, The Bahamas

Dolphin Communication Project (DCP) - Volunteer Field Experience
12 - 24 June 2017 Bimini, The Bahamas
The Dolphin Communication Project (DCP,
www.dolphincommunicationproject.org) is currently seeking two "Volunteer
Field Experience Participants" (VFEPs). These positions are completed
entirely at our Bimini, The Bahamas field site and include both data
collection and data processing responsibilities.

DCP looks at how dolphins communicate and attempts to shed more light on
the meaning of their interactions. With research ongoing since 1991, our
questions focus primarily on communication and behavior among dolphins.
VFEPs will spend their time at our Bimini, The Bahamas, research site,
where we study wild Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. An
abbreviated publication list is available at the end of this post.
Responsibilities --Travel to and assist our Bimini research site from 12
- 24 June 2017 (including arrival and departure days)
--Assist gathering data (general observations, photographs) during 4-6
hour/day boat excursions (weather and schedule dependent) --Complete
photo-identification of dolphins from still photography and video as
well as other data entry and analysis tasks --Assist with on-board and
outreach education as well as web-based projects --Represent DCP in an
enthusiastic, responsible, mature and respectful manner
Successful VFEPs must have basic computer skills and working knowledge
of Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Current enrollment in a
degree-seeking program, background in science and/or animal behavior and
experience on boats and/or with photo-identification are all desired,
but not necessarily required. The successful candidates will be
comfortable on a boat for several hours at a time in varying conditions,
including extreme heat. They will also be proficient swimmers with the
desire to improve snorkeling skills. They will be able to work as a team
both in a work-from-home atmosphere and in a fairly remote and isolated
field setting. Good writing and public speaking skills are a must, as is
attention to details. VFEPs must be at least 18 years of age. All
participants must have a valid passport and non-US applicants should
investigate Bahamas visa requirements prior to applying.
Expenses and Compensation
This is an unpaid, short-term volunteer position. VFEPs are responsible
for their own transportation (generally by air) to Bimini. There is a
$500.00 fee that will cover shared housing (on-island transportation not
needed), including utilities and drinking water. Food is not included
and is the responsibility of each VFEP.

Interested applicants should review information at this link:
Please read this page thoroughly before applying or emailing questions.
Send a completed application (downloadable and detailed at the link
above) to kelly@dcpmail.org. Note: the only supplementary materials
required are cover letter, resume and one letter of recommendation.
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Due to
field schedules, only electronic applications will be accepted.
For more information, please contact Kelly Melillo Sweeting at