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First Ever Pacific Walrus Coastal Haulout Database and Report Now Online


Walruses hauled out on the beach in the Eastern Chukchi Sea

Walruses are large marine predators that must rest out of water on sea ice or the coast between feedings along the shallow arctic sea floor. When hauling out on the coast, they often gather in large numbers and use specific locations, termed haulouts, where they may be vulnerable to disturbance. The Pacific Walrus Coastal Haulout Database is based on generations of observations shared by Russians and Americans for over 160 years. This database can assist anyone planning activities in the Arctic to reduce the risk of mortality events from human-caused disturbance or pollution.

For more information see USGS news release: https://www.usgs.gov/news/more-160-years-walrus-haulout-observations-reported-russians-and-americans-published-database

Open-File Report Citation:
Fischbach, A.S., Kochnev, A.A., Garlich-Miller, J.L., and Jay, C.V., 2016, Pacific walrus coastal haulout database, 1852–2016—Background report: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1108, 27 p., http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161108. ISSN 2331-1258 (online)

Data Release Citation:
Fischbach, A.S., Kochnev, A.A., Garlich-Miller, J.M., and Jay, C.V., 2016, Pacific walrus coastal haulout database, 1852–2016: U.S. Geological Survey data release, http://dx.doi.org/10.5066/F7RX994P.

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