Is climate change causing the increasing narwhal (Monodon monoceros) catches in Smith Sound, Greenland?

  title={Is climate change causing the increasing narwhal (Monodon monoceros) catches in Smith Sound, Greenland?},
  author={M. R. Nielsen},
  journal={Polar Research},
  pages={238 - 245}
  • M. R. Nielsen
  • Published 2009
  • Biology
  • Polar Research
  • This paper evaluates recent changes in narwhal (Monodon monoceros) catches in Siorapaluk, the northernmost community in Greenland, in consideration of the effects of changing climate and uncertainty of stock delineation. The catch statistics show a significant increase in narwhal catches by hunters in Siorapaluk after 2002, which does not appear to be a result of increased effort. Hunters attribute the increase to changed sea-ice conditions providing access by boat to Smith Sound as early as… CONTINUE READING
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