Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Research Publications
Assorted research on Cook Inlet beluga whales, including distributional information, a status review and extinction estimate and literature reviews.
Assessment of the Prey Availability and Oil-related Contaminants in Winter Habitat of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales. Saupe, S.M., T.M. Willette, D.L. Wetzel, and J.E. Reynolds. 2014 Assessment of the Prey Availability and Oil-related Contaminants in Winter Habitat of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales. Final Report of Field Surveys and Laboratory Analyses (2011-2013). Report prepared by Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (RCAC) for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. 53 pp
Anthropogenic and Environmental Stressors in Cook Inlet Beluga Whales, Literature Review and Assessment (PDF, 113 pages) Norman, S. A. 2011. Nonlethal anthropogenic and environmental stressors in Cook Inlet beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas). Report prepared for NOAA Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, Anchorage, Alaska. NMFS contract no. HA133F-10-SE-3639. 113 p
Chemical Exposures for Cook Inlet Beluga Whales (PDF, 59 pages) A literature review and evaluation. URS Corp., 2010. Chemical exposures for Cook Inlet beluga whales: a literature review and evaluation. Report prepared for NOAA Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service, Anchorage, Alaska. NMFS contract no. AB133F-06-BU-0058.
2008 Supplemental Status Review and Extinction Assessment of Cook Inlet Belugas (Delphinapterus leucas). AFSC PROCESSED REPORT 2008-08: The abundance estimate from 2008 and revised trend and extinction risk analyses.
Distribution of Belugas in Cook Inlet, Alaska During June and July 1993–2000 (PDF, 16 pages) Distributional information on belugas during the optimal survey period to compare recent distributional data to data collected in previous surveys, and to provide group size estimates for calculations of stock size. Rugh, David J., Kim E. W. Shelden, and Barbara A. Mahoney. Published in Marine Fisheries Review 62(3), 2000.
Synthesis of Available Information on the Cook Inlet Stock of Beluga Whales. Moore, S., D. Rugh, K. Shelden, B. Mahoney, and R. Hobbs. 1999. Synthesis of available information on the Cook Inlet stock of beluga whales. AFSC Processed Report 99-06, 22 p. Alaska Fish. Sci. Cent., Natl. Mar. Fish. Serv., NOAA, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070.