Estimating Bowhead Whale Population Size and Rate of Increase from the 1993 Census

@article{Raftery1998EstimatingBW,
  title={Estimating Bowhead Whale Population Size and Rate of Increase from the 1993 Census},
  author={A. Raftery and J. Zeh},
  journal={Journal of the American Statistical Association},
  year={1998},
  volume={93},
  pages={451-463}
}
  • A. Raftery, J. Zeh
  • Published 1998
  • Geography
  • Journal of the American Statistical Association
Abstract Estimating the population size and rate of increase of bowhead whales, Balaena mysticetus, is important because bowheads were the first species of great whale for which commerical whaling stopped and so their status indicates the recovery prospects of other great whales, and also because this information is used by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to set the aboriginal subsistence whaling quota for Alaskan Eskimos. We describe the 1993 visual and acoustic census off Point… Expand
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