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Aquatic Ecosystems: Current Research

Retrospective Study of Climate/Fishery/Stellar Sea Lion Data

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Background

This study combines a broad collection of fishery landing and survey data with data on Alaska Stellar Sea Lion and the physical environment tailored to the question of climate impacts on Alaska Stellar Sea Lion ecosystems. The analyses focus on the 1965-2002 period, a timeframe that spans a period of rapid declines in the western stock (western Gulf of Alaska, Aleutians, and Bering Sea) of Stellar Sea Lions. To date, it is not understood to what extent climate and natural ecosystem changes have influenced the declines in the western stock populations.

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Selected References

For more publications on CIG's research on climate and aquatic ecosystems, please see CIG Publications.

Hare, S. R. and N. J. Mantua. 2000. Empirical evidence for North Pacific regime shifts in 1977 and 1989. Progress in Oceanography 47:103-145.