2017 Copper River Delta Carcass Surveys: Annual Report

January 01, 2018

NOAA Fisheries Protected Resources Division biologists conducted six survey flights of the shifting sand shoals of the Copper River Delta from May 17 to August 17, 2017. The purpose of the flights was to search for marine mammal carcasses in an area with a history of incidental and intentional killings of marine mammals by humans, and to conduct necropsies of any observed carcasses in order to establish the cause of death and collect biological samples. Carcasses were observed on all six flights, but some of the carcasses were located outside of the Copper River Delta (either in Prince William Sound or east of the Delta).

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 07/06/2018

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