Download Wildlife Studies Offshore of Maryland. This 8-page summary publication represents an overview of results from the final technical report for the Maryland-focused study, and features survey results and case studies on marine mammals, sea turtles, and wintering seabirds. The Executive Summary for the technical report is also available here.
Additional results and case studies can be found in the 32-page synthesis report for the mid-Atlantic regional study, Mid-Atlantic Wildlife Studies: Distribution and Abundance of Wildlife along the Eastern Seaboard, 2012-2014.
In early 2012, we began a three-year project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, to provide essential baseline information on animal distributions and habitat use on a regional scale in federal waters off the mid-Atlantic coast. In 2013, the boat and digital video aerial survey efforts were extended off the coast of Maryland. Data were integrated from multiple study components and from both projects in order to present a comprehensive view of wildlife distribution and movement patterns offshore of Maryland.
We conducted boat-based surveys and high resolution digital video aerial surveys to document animal distributions, abundance, and habitat use in the mid-Atlantic study area. We used several methods to analyze and present the results for the Maryland study.
During the second year of the MABS project, existing surveys were expanded offshore of Maryland. Transect lines for boat surveys off of Maryland were extended into state waters, and digital video aerial transects were expanded into areas west and south of the Maryland WEA. An additional aerial survey in Maryland waters was conducted in 2013.
Lead and Co-Primary Investigators and Partners: Evan Adams, David Evers, Andrew Gilbert, Sarah Johnson, Iain Stenhouse, Kate Williams (BRI); Richard Veit (City University of New York); Holly Goyert, Nathan Hostetter, Rahel Sollmann (North Carolina State University); David Johnston and Logan Pallin (Duke University); Ari Friedlaender (Oregon State University)
Collaborators: This project was completed in collaboration with the following organizations: North Carolina State University, the City University of New York (CUNY), Duke University Marine Laboratory, Oregon State University, HiDef Aerial Surveying, Ltd., and Capt. Brian Patteson.
Funding: This effort was supported by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Maryland Energy Administration under Contract Number 14-13-1653 MEA. Additional funding support came from the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-EE0005362.
Please refer to the final report for the Maryland Project for more information.
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