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Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems$
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James Estes

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248847

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248847.001.0001

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Industrial Whaling in the North Pacific Ocean 1952–1978

Industrial Whaling in the North Pacific Ocean 1952–1978

Spatial Patterns of Harvest and Decline

(p.134) Eleven Industrial Whaling in the North Pacific Ocean 1952–1978
Whales, Whaling, and Ocean Ecosystems




University of California Press

This chapter investigates population spatial structure of exploited whale species in the North Pacific Ocean during the period of industrial whaling, 1952–1979. Little detailed information, such as fidelity to feeding or breeding grounds, is known about the whale species that were hunted in this fishery. This chapter aims to gain insights into the spatial dimensions of the North Pacific whale harvest and the whale populations that inhabited this area by analyzing the spatial pattern of local harvest and decline. It also aims to assess formally the spatial and temporal patterns of whale catch records in the North Pacific and Bering Sea and to determine whether or not the timing of the whaling fleet movement out of these local areas as indicative of substantial whale stock depletion.

Keywords:   exploited whale species, industrial whaling, spatial structure, whale stock depletion, whale catch records, Bering Sea

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