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Project Reports

The South Pacific Whale Research Consortium publish reports on the continued progress of the research and conservation. Selected published reports are listed below.

Selected Publications
1. Hauser, N, Zerbini, A., Geyer, Y., Heidi-Jørgensen, M.P. & Clapham, P. 2010. Movements of satellite-monitored humpback whales from the Cook Islands. Marine Mammal Science. 26 (3): 679-685.

2. Garrigue, C., Zerbini, A., Geyer, Y., Heidi-Jørgensen, M.P. & Clapham, P. 2010. Movements of satellite-monitored humpback whales from New Caledonia. Journal of Mammalogy 9 (1): 109-115.

3. Clapham, P., Mikhalev, Yu., Franklin, W., Paton, D., Baker, C.S., Ivashchenko, Y.V. & Brownell, R.L. Jr. 2009. Catches of humpback whales by the Soviet Union and other nations in the Southern Ocean, 1947-1973. Marine Fisheries Review. 71(1) 39-43.

4. Paton, D., Brooks, L., Burns, D., Franklin, T., Franklin, W., Harrison, P., Baverstock, P. Abundance of east coast Australian humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) in 2005 estimated using multi-point sampling and capture-recapture analysis. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management (in Press).

5. Garrigue, C., Constantine, R., Poole, M., Hauser, N., Clapham, P., Donoghue, M., Russell, K., Paton, D., Mattila, D.K., Robbins, J., Baker, C.S. (in press). Movement of individual humpback whales between wintering grounds of Oceania (South Pacific), 1999 to 2004. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management.

6. Garrigue, C., Franklin, T., Russell, K,, Burns, D., Poole, M., Paton, D., Hauser, N., Oremus, M., Constantine, R., Childerhouse, S., Mattila, D.K., Franklin, W., Robbins, J., Clapham, P., Baker, C.S. (in press). First assessment of interchange of humpback whales between Oceania and the east coast of Australia. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management.

7. Franklin, T., Smith, F., Gibbs, N., Childerhouse, S., Burns, D., Paton D., Franklin, W., Baker, C.S. and Clapham, P. 2007. Migratory movements of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) between eastern Australia and the Balleny Islands, Antarctica, confirmed by photo-identification. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management (in review).

8. Franklin, W., Franklin, T., Gibbs, N., Childerhouse, S., Garrigue, C., Constantine, R., Brooks, L., Burns, D., Paton, D., Poole, M., Hauser, N., Donoghue, M., Russell, K., Mattila, D. Robbins, J., Anderson, M., Olavarría, C., Jackson, J., Noad, M., Harrison, P., Baverstock, P., Leaper, R., Baker, C.S. and Clapham, P. (2008) Eastern Australia (E1 breeding grounds) may be a wintering destination for some Area V Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrating through New Zealand waters. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management (in review).

9. Oremus M., Gales R., Dalebout M., Funahashi N., Tetsuya E., Kage T., Steel D. and Baker C.S. 2009. Worldwide mtDNA diversity and phylogeography of pilot whales (Globicephala spp.). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 98(4) 729-744.

10. Clapham, P., Childerhouse, S., Gales, N., Rojas, L., Tillman, M. & Brownell, B. 2007. The whaling issue: Conservation, confusion and casuistry. Marine Policy. 31(3) 314-319.

11. Constantine R., Russell K., Gibbs, N., Childerhouse S., Baker, C.S. 2007. Photo- identification of Humpback whales in New Zealand waters and their migratory connection to breeding grounds of Oceania. Marine Mammal Science. 23(3) 715-720.

12. Gales, Nicholas, Clapham, Phillip, and Baker, C. Scott. A Case For Killing Humpback Whales? Available from Nature Proceedings (2007)

13. Garrigue, C. 2006 – Marine Mammals of New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands: Checklist of the species. In Compendium of marine species from New Caledonia; eds. C. Payri and B. Richer de Forges. IRD Documents Scientifiques and techniques 117: 385-391.

14. Garrigue, C., Patenaude, N., Marsh, H. 2008. Distribution and abundance of the dugong in New Caledonia, South West Pacific Marine Mammal Science. 24(1) 81-90

15. Olavarría, C., Baker, C.S., Garrigue, C., Poole, M., Hauser, N., Caballero, S., Flórez-González, L., Brassuer, M., Capella, J., Clapham, P., Dodemont, R., Donoghue, M., Jenner, M. N., Moro, D., Oremus, M., Paton, D. & Russell, K. 2007. Population structure of humpback whales throughout the South Pacific, and the origin of the eastern Polynesian breeding grounds. Marine Ecology Progress Series 330: 257-268.

16. Oremus, M., M.M. Poole, D. Steel and C.S. Baker. 2007. Isolation and interchange among insular spinner dolphin communities in the South Pacific revealed by individual identification and genetic diversity. Marine Ecology - Progress Series 336:275-289:275-289.

17. Mehta A.V., Allen J., Constantine R., Garrigue C., Gill P., Jann B., Jenner C., Marx M., Matkin C., Mattila D., Minton G., Mizroch S., Olavarria C., Robbins J., Russell K., Seton R., Steiger G. Víkingsson G., Wade P., Witteveen B., Clapham P.J. (2007). Baleen whales as are not important as prey for killer whales (Orcinus orca) in high latitudes. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 348:297-307.

IWC reports
1. Schaffar, A., Madon, B., Garrigue, C., Constantine, R. 2009. Avoidance of whale watching boats by humpback whales in their main breeding ground in New Caledonia. Report to the International Whaling Commission SC/61/WW6.

2. Albertson-Gibb, R., Antolik, C., Olavarria, C., Garrigue, C., Hauser, N., Poole, M., Brasseur M., Steel D., Baker C.S. 2008. Using mitochondrial DNA and mixed stock analysis to describe migratory allocation of humpback whales from Antarctic feeding areas to South Pacific breeding grounds. Report SC/60/SH15 to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, 2-15 June, Santiago, Chile.

3. Clapham P, Garrigue C., Hauser N., Geyer Y., Zerbini A. 2008 Movements of satellite-monitored humpback whales from New Caledonia and the Cook Islands. Report to the IWC Scientific Committee SC/60/SH34

4. Franklin, W., Franklin, T., Gibbs, N., Childerhouse, S., Garrigue, C., Constantine, R., Brooks, L., Burns, D., Paton, D., Poole, M., Hauser, N., Donoghue, M., Russell, K., Mattila, D. Robbins, J., Anderson, M., Olavarría, C., Jackson, J., Noad, M., Harrison, P., Baverstock, P., Leaper, R., Baker, C.S. and Clapham, P. 2008. Eastern Australia (E1 breeding grounds) may be a wintering destination for some Area V Humpback Whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) migrating through New Zealand waters. SC/60/SH3

5. Franklin W., Franklin T., Brooks L., Gibbs N., Childerhouse S., Smith F., Burns D., Paton D., Garrigue C., Constantine R., PooleM., Hauser N., Donoghue M., Russell K., Mattila D.K., Robbins J. , Oosterman A., Leaper R., Baker C.S., and Clapham P. 2008. Migratory movements of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) between Eastern Australia and the Balleny Islands, Antarctica, confirmed by photo-identification. Report to the IWC Scientific Committee SC/60/SH2.

6. Jackson, J.A., Zerbini, A., Clapham, P., Constatine, R., Garrigue, C., Hauser, N., Poole, M., Baker, C.S. Progress on a two-stock catch allocation model for reconstructing population histories of east Australia and Oceania. 2008. Report SC/60/SH14 to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, 2-15 June, Santiago, Chile.

7. Schaffar, A., and Garrigue, C. 2008. Exposure of humpback whales to unregulated tourism activities in their main reproductive area in New Caledonia. IWC SC60/WW8

8. Steel, D., Garrigue, C., Poole, M., Hauser N., Olavarria, C., Florez-Gonzalez, L., Constantine, R., Caballero, S., Thiele, D., Paton, D., Clapham, P., Donoghue, M., Baker, C.S. 2008. Migratory connections between humpback whales from South Pacific breeding grounds and Antarctic feeding areas demonstrated by genotype matching. Report SC/60/SH13 to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission, 2-15 June, Santiago, Chile.

9. Garrigue, C., Franklin, T., Russell, K., Burns, D., Poole, M., Paton, D., Hauser, N., Oremus, M., Constantine, R., Childerhouse, S., Mattila, D., Gibbs, N. Franklin, W. Robbins, J., Clapham, P. & Baker, C.S. 2007. First assessment of interchange of humpback whales between Oceania and the east coast of Australia. South Pacific Whale Research Consortium SC/59/SH15. Report to the IWC Scientific Committee.

10. Garrigue, C. Baker, C.S., Constantine, R., Poole, M., Hauser, N., Clapham, P., Donoghue, M., Russell, K., Paton, D., Mattila, D.K., Robbins, J. 2007. Interchange of humpback whales in Oceania (South Pacific), 1999 to 2004 (revised SC/A06/HW55, March 2007). SC/59/HW14.

11. Baker, C.S., Garrigue, C., Constantine, R., Madon, B., Poole, M., Hauser, N., Clapham, P., Donoghue, M., Russell, K., Paton, D., Mattila, D. 2006. Abundance of humpback whales in Oceania (South Pacific), 1999 to 2004. SC/A06/HW51

12. Constantine, R., Russell, K., Gibbs, N., Childerhouse, S., Baker, C.S. Photo-identification of humpback whales in New Zealand waters and their migratory connections to breeding grounds of Oceania SC/A06/HW50

13. Franklin, T., Smith, F., Gibbs, N., Childerhouse, S., Burns, D., Paton D., Franklin, W., Baker, C.S. and Clapham, P. 2007. Migratory movements of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) between eastern Australia and the Balleny Islands, Antarctica, confirmed by photo-identification. SC/59/SH18 Report to the IWC Scientific Committee

14. Garrigue, C., Olavarria, C., Baker, C.S., Steel, D., Dodemont, R., Constantine, R., Russell, K. Demographic and genetic isolation of New Caledonia (E2) and Tonga (E3) breeding stocks . 2006. SC/A06/HW19

15. Garrigue, C. Baker, C.S., Constantine, R., Poole, M., Hauser, N., Clapham, P. Donoghue, M., Russell, K., Paton, D., Mattila, D. and Robbins, J. Interchange of humpback whales in Oceania (South Pacific), 1999 to 2004. 2007. (revised SC/A06/HW55 march 2007) SC/59/SH14.

16. Garrigue, C, Baker, C.S., Constantine, R., Poole, M., Hauser, N., Clapham, P., Donoghue, M., Russell, K., Paton, D., Mattila, D. 2006. Interchange of humpback whales in Oceania (South Pacific), 1999 to 2004. SC/A06/HW55

17. Gibbs, N., Paton, D., Childerhouse, S. Clapham, P. Assessment of the current abundance of humpback whales in the Lomaiviti Island Group of Fiji and a comparison with historical data. SC/A06/HW34

18. Hauser, N., Clapham, P. Occurrence and habitat use of humpback whales in the Cook Islands SC/A06/HW49

19. Hauser, N., Zerbini, A., Geyer, Y., Heide-Jorgensen, M-P., Clapham, P. 2007. Migratory destination of a humpback whale satellite-tagged in the Cook Islands SC/59/SH16

20. Ivashchenko, Y.V., Clapham, P., Doroshenko N.V. Paton, D.A., Brownell R.L. 2007. Possible Soviet catches of humpback whales in Fiji and Tonga. Report to the IWC Scientific Committee.

21. Jackson, J., Zerbini, A., Clapham, P., Garrigue, C., Hauser, N., Poole, M., Baker, C.S. A bayesian assessment of humpback whales on breeding grounds of eastern Australia and Oceania (IWC Stocks, E1, E2, E3 and F) SC/A06/HW52

22. Noad, M., Paton, D. and Cato, D.H. Absolute and relative abundance estimates of Australian east coast humpback whales. SC/A06/HW27

23. Noad, M., Paton, D.A., Gibbs, N.J., Childerhouse, S.J. A combined visual and acoustic survey of the cetaceans of Independent Samoa SC/A06/HW28

24. Olavarria, C., Childerhouse, S., Gibbs, N., Baker, C.S. Contemporary genetic diversity of New Zealand humpback whales and their genetic relationship with Breeding Stocks D, E, F and G. SC/A06/HW31

25. Olavarria, C., Aguayo, A., Acevedo, J., Medrano, L., Thiele, D., Baker, C.S. Genetic differentiation between two feeding areas of the Eastern South Pacific humpback whale population: (Update on SC/57/SH3). SC/A06/HW29

26. Olavarria, C., Anderson, M., Paton, D.A. Burns, D., Brasseur, M. Garrigue, C., Hauser, N., Poole, M., Caballero, S., Florez-Gonzalez, L. and Baker, C.S. 2006 Eastern Australia humpback whale genetic diversity and their relationship with Breeding Stocks D, E, F and G. SC/58/SH25

27. Paton D.A, and Clapham P. Humpback whale population structure and migratory interchange based on Discovery mark data. SC/A06/HW33

28. Paton, D., Oosterman, A., Whicker, M., Kenny, I. Preliminary assessment of sighting survey data of humpback whales, Norfolk Island, Australia SC/A06/HW36

29. Paton, D., Brooks, L., Burns, D., Franklin, T., Franklin, W., Harrison, P., Baverstock, P. First abundance estimate of East Coast Australian humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) utilizing multi-point sampling and likelihood analysis SC/A06/HW32

30. Paton, D., Kniest, E. Analysis of data collected during humpback whale land based sightings surveys at Cape Byron, Eastern Australia, 1998 to 2004. SC/A06/HW35 31. Poole, M. An Update on the Occurrence of Humpback Whales in French Polynesia SC/A06/HW60

32. Rosenbaum, H.C., Pomilla, C., Olavarria, C., Baker, C.S, Leslie, M. C, Mendez, M. C, Caballero, S. Brassuer, M., Bannister, J. Best, P.B. Bonatto, S. Collins, T., Engel, M.H., Ersts, P.J. , Findlay, K.P., Florez-Gonzalez, L., Garrigue, C., Hauser, N., Jenner, C., Meyer, M., Minton, G. Poole, M., Razafindrakoto, Y.2006 A First and Preliminary Analysis of MTDNA sequences from humpback whales for breeding stocks A-G and X SC/A06/HW59

33. Stevick, P.T., Aguayo-Lobo, A., Allen, J.M., Chater, K., Dalla Rosa, L., Olavarria, C., Secchi, E. Mark-recapture abundance estimates for humpback whales in the Antarctic Peninsula SC/A06/HW54

Major reports
Childerhouse, S., Jackson, J., Baker C.S. Clapham, P., Gales, N. and Brownell R. 2008: Proposal to IUCN for a separate listing for Oceania sub-population of humpback whales.

Oosterman, A. 2011. A review of the 2010 Norfolk Island Whale Survey

Oosterman, A. 2008. A review of the 2007 Norfolk Island Whale Survey.

Oosterman, A. 2009. A review of the 2008 Norfolk Island Whale Survey.

Paton, D., Batibasaga, A., Shama, S., O’Connor, W. and Nand, N. (2009). Report of the Whale and Dolphin Survey undertaken in the Lomaiviti Island Group, Fiji 2008

Papers presented to the IWC Scientific Committee.
Schaffar, A. Garrigue, C. 2007. Review of commercial humpback whale watching activities in the South Pacific. IWC/59/8 Agenda item 13.

Research Papers Online
Movements of satellite-monitored humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae, from the Cook Islands
Abundance and interchange of humpback whales in Oceania based on fluke photo-identification and DNA profiling
Movements of humpback whales in Oceania, South Pacific
Fluke Matcher: A computer-aided matching system for humpback whale flukes
Population differentiation of humpback whales from far Polynesia (Group F breeding grounds) based on mitochondrial DNA sequences

Annual Reports Online
SPWRC Annual Report 2009
SPWRC Annual Report 2008
SPWRC Annual Report 2004
SPWRC Annual Report 2002
Cook Islands Annual Report 2002
Bahamas Annual Report 2001

 

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