Habitat-based spatial models of cetacean density in the eastern Pacific Ocean

  title={Habitat-based spatial models of cetacean density in the eastern Pacific Ocean},
  author={Karin A. Forney and Megan Ferguson and Elizabeth A. Becker and Paul C. Fiedler and Jessica V. Redfern and Jay Barlow and Ignacio L. Vilchis and Lisa T. Ballance},
  journal={Endangered Species Research},
Many users of the marine environment (e.g. military, seismic researchers, fisheries) conduct activities that can potentially harm cetaceans. In the USA, Environmental Assessments or Environmental Impact Statements evaluating potential impacts are required, and these must include information on the expected number of cetaceans in specific areas where activities will occur. Typically, however, such information is only available for broad geographic regions, e.g. the entire West Coast of the… 

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