Wednesday, September 17, 2014

GRANTS: Posting for SF Bay American Cetacean Society Student Research Grants

USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay ...
USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The American Cetacean Society-San Francisco Bay chapter (ACS-SF Bay) would like to encourage students to apply for our upcoming 2014 Student Research Grants. 

ACS - SF BAY Guidelines for Student Research Grant:

The San Francisco Bay American Cetacean Society chapter Grants-in-Aid of Research fund offers small research grants for direct costs of scientific, field-based projects focusing on cetaceans. The Society invites proposals from all cetacean-related disciplines, including the social sciences, which focus on cetaceans and/or their habitats. 
SF Bay ACS chapter particularly welcomes applications from early-career researchers such as graduate students and researchers with less than 10 years’ post-doctoral experience, and researchers whose work focuses on small cetaceans in Northern California, with emphasis in the Bay Area.

The SF Bay American Cetacean Society chapter has a long-standing commitment to providing young scientists with ‘seed money’ for research projects in cetacean-related disciplines.  

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Rare North Atlantic right whales spotted off Cape Breton - Nova Scotia - CBC News

Rare North Atlantic right whales spotted off Cape Breton - Nova Scotia - CBC News:

 "Rare North Atlantic right whales spotted off Cape Breton
Marine biologist suspects right whales have been following their food source, plankton
CBC News Posted: Sep 11, 2014 11:21 AM AT Last Updated: Sep 11, 2014 11:21 AM AT

 Those white patches seen on the right whale's head are raised tissue that is actually dark in colour called callosities. Whale lice or cyamids covering the callosities are what makes them appear white. (CBC)

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The rare North Atlantic right whale has been making a splash in the waters off Cape Breton, to the surprise of some.

Five or six of the big mammals have been sighted off the northern tip of the island this summer.

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Moira Brown, senior scientist at the New England Aquarium in Boston, says that may not sound like a lot until you consider that there are only about 500 of the whales in all the world's oceans.

North Atlantic right whales are known to travel into the Bay of Fundy in the summer to feed with their calves. (

 North Atlantic right whales are known to travel into the Bay of Fundy in the summer to feed with their calves. Most make the long trek from their breeding grounds off Georgia and Florida, ending up in the bay's plankton-rich waters around June. They are also known to gather in the Roseway Basin off Nova Scotia's south coast.

 Seeing the behemoths off Cape Breton is not unheard of but they're much more common in the Bay of Fundy.

Ray Fraser, who fishes and runs ocean tours out of Bay St. Lawrence, says a North Atlantic right whale came right up to his boat recently as he and his crew were setting traps.

"This is not their normal stomping grounds, so just to see them, we're very lucky. Unsure why they're coming here. It could be something as simple as a shift in prey or a growth in the prey but we're happy," he says.

Brown says there's normally a substantial population in the Bay of Fundy in the summer, but their numbers started dropping last year.

Her theory is the same as Fraser's.

"Right whales eat plankton and there just wasn't the plankton resource there that has been there in the past years and we suspect it's the same this year. So it makes sense for the whales to move around and try to find food sources elsewhere — and hopefully that's what's happening when they're going up to Cape Breton, that they're getting some food," says Brown.

 With so few North Atlantic right whales in the world, virtually every one has been identified. There are a variety of identifying marks that make each right whale unique including scar patterns on the fluke or tail and along the whale's body. Researchers are also able to use the large patches of raised tissue on the whale's head, called callosities, to identify individuals. 

Researchers hope everybody who sights one will report it so they can keep an accurate record of the whales' movements.

How does one identify a North Atlantic right whale from other marine mammals in the sea? The lice-infested, white callosities on their heads are a dead giveaway.

The right whale also tends to be a much lazier swimmer than its deep-diving cousin, the humpback whale. Due to their high fat content, right whales can often be seen swimming slowly near the surface, a habit that makes the whales vulnerable to ship strikes. "

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

HELP PROTECT THE WHALES OF FUNDY: Last day to vote for environmental activist Bob Godfrey.

Hello You  Good People:

We're reaching out to people this last weekend of voting (closes August 31st) for the NRCM Environmental Hero Award.
You folks know not only the Save Passamaquoddy Bay work, you know that Bob has also assisted several groups around
Maine and in the county -- US, Tribal, Canada in their environmental battles.  Since anyone anywhere can vote, we're asking you to add
a note to this message and send it out to everyone on your list.  Please send this today to the folks in Native Environmental Organizations,
Canadian folks, fishermen's association -- everyone you can inspire to vote.  Happily with social media the effort is pretty easy, the timing immediate.  

Thanks so much.

Linda and Bob's nominators -- Sarah Strickland and Kathy Berry, Mill Cove, Robbinston

       —Jacques Cousteau

Environmental heroes can be professionals and they can be regular citizens. If we love this great earth, care about its air, water, land, people and creatures, a time comes when we simply must stand up to protect it. That's what Bob Godfrey in tiny Eastport, Maine did, and is still doing. To some Bob is our beloved relative, to others a trusted friend. He is an uncle and neighbor who cares about the children. He is the voice leading efforts to save glorious Passamaquoddy Bay, fed by the Bay of Fundy in downeast Maine, from massive industrial destruction. His work is for fishermen, whales, migrating birds, tide pools, dark skies, clean air and the abundant sea. 

You know someone who knows Bob or someone like him. You respect the Bobs of the world for their keen minds, unending determination and plain hard work. All around the world, we are asking people to join together in thanking this Bob by voting for him as an "Environmental Hero," part of the People's Choice Award program of the Natural Resource Council of Maine. A vote for Bob is a vote for every individual who has ever put their talents, energy and love of nature out front -- who have done and do small and large acts every day to take care of our great planet and its inhabitants -- because it was and is the right thing to do.

Join this worldwide call to action -- Vote right now for Bob Godfrey, one of Earth's Heroes. Voting ends August 31.

The Nomination Story: 
Robert Godfrey, Eastport — Bob is the backbone of the amazing grassroots organization called Save Passamaquoddy Bay (SPB). Bob has been nominated for his tenacity, perseverance, good humor, and unswerving devotion to protecting the beauty and heritage of Downeast Maine from the three LNG (liquefied natural gas) terminal projects that have been threatening our homeland. Passamaquoddy Bay is an abundant yet fragile environment that needs protection against these monstrous terminals. Bob has worked to save this beautiful and productive bay for a decade. 2014 marks the 10th year that the Save Passamaquoddy Bay organization has followed the simple advice of Jacques Cousteau to "Protect What You Love." Unwavering, committed, vigilant, and steadfast, SPB, under Bob's leadership and strategic guidance, has kept LNG terminals out of precious Passamaquoddy Bay. It has been an intellectual, soulful, physical, and financially demanding fight against a cadre of developers, over a dozen of the nation's largest law firms, and corporate giants who have put at least $70 million into taking the bay to industrialize it. Bottom line: after a decade, there are no LNG terminals in Passamaquoddy Bay thanks to SPB's efforts and Bob's leadership. It has been unbelievably challenging work, yet Bob and hundreds of committed volunteers have done it -- because it has been the right thing to do.  Thank you for your vote! - please ask others to join you today!

VOLUNTEERS: One volunteer position open in marine vertebrates monitoring program in East Kalimantan

Coat of Arms of Indonesian province of East Ka...
Coat of Arms of Indonesian province of East Kalimantan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
We are looking for motivated volunteers/ students that are willing to engage in the Berau marine vertebrates program, which aims to protect a high diversity of marine vertebrates including cetaceans, turtles, whale sharks and manta rays in the Marine Park of Derawan Islands, East Kalimantan, Indonesia through a seven-day monitoring survey in the beautiful landscape of the Berau archipelago while being mostly based on the island of Maratua (day 1-7) but also three nights on Derawan Island (Day 8-10). Research objectives are determining relative abundance, core area mapping, and assessing seasonal species diversity and site fidelity. Through earlier surveys it was found that the highest relative abundance of ceteaceans was within 5km radius of islands or reefs, and therefore we also conduct coral reef monitoring at several locations by snorkling. This will be the second survey for 2014 using overseas volunteers. 
10-20 October 2014 (space still available for 1 volunteer)
Day by day schedule, qualifications for volunteers and costs involved can be downloaded from a flyer posted on our website at:
We are looking forward to your partcipation!
Sampai jumpa, Danielle & Budiono
Contact: Danielle Kreb (Ph.D)
Member of IUCN/SSC/Cetacean Specialist Group
Scientific Program Advisor,
RASI Conservation FoundationÂ
Komplek Pandan Pandan Harum Indah C52Â
Samarinda 75124, Kalimantan TimurÂ
Phone: office+ 62.541.744874;Â
Mobile: + 62.81346489515

Saturday, August 23, 2014

JOBS: Permit Analyst, NMFS, Silver Spring MD

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administratio...
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking two senior analysts to support the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources Permits and Conservation Division in Silver Spring, MD. These positions will primarily be responsible for performing analyses and research to enable the issuance of incidental take authorizations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and for ensuring compliance of these MMPA authorizations with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).   Positions may also potentially assist with the issuance of scientific research and enhancement permits pursuant to the MMPA and ESA.

Ben Laws
Office of Protected Resources
NOAA Fisheries
U.S. Department of Commerce
(301) 427-8425
National Marine Fisheries Service
Incidental Take Program

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

JOBS: NAVFAC Atlantic Marine Resources Specialist (US Citizens) - Norfolk, VA

Naval Facilities Engineering Command - logo (l...
Naval Facilities Engineering Command - logo (large). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Job Posting: NAVFAC Atlantic Marine Resources Specialist (US Citizens) -
Norfolk, VA
Seeking qualified candidates with educational emphasis and experience in
marine species biology/ecology (marine mammals, sea turtles, fish,
seabirds, etc.); with skills in research study and design, GIS analysis,
acoustic impact analysis, statistical analysis, written and oral
communication, and public outreach.
Job Duties:

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Atlantic, Conservation
Division in Norfolk, Virginia is currently seeking potential candidates
with outstanding research and communication skills for a career position
in the Marine Resources Branch in the Environmental Business Line. The
person selected for this position will directly support Navy training,
testing, and construction activities around the world. Duties will
include preparation, management, and review of marine resources
assessments; essential fish habitat (EFH) assessments; marine species
density estimates; marine species surveys; technical reports; Endangered
Species Act (ESA) Section 7 documentation; Marine Mammal Protection Act
(MMPA) documentation; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
documentation; marine species mitigation and monitoring plans; and
environmental studies assessing the environmental impacts of proposed
Navy activities. The person selected will participate in consultations
with the !
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service (USFWS), coordinate projects with a multi-disciplinary
team, and participate in project management for research and compliance
documents. In addition, the person selected will participate in research
and monitoring with regards to the potential impacts on marine species
from Navy activities. Experience in the following is highly desirable:
marine mammal, sea turtle, seabird or fisheries biology; scientific
study design; principals of underwater acoustic analysis; statistical
principles and methods; ESRI Geographic Information System (GIS)
products; environmental legislation and DoD/Navy policy.
Position level is a GS-401-12 (Salary Range: $69,497 to $90,344
depending on education and experience). This position is open to US
citizens only. The USA jobs solicitation open period is 18-27 August and
interested candidates can apply online at:

Mandy Shoemaker
Marine Resources Branch Head
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Atlantic