For Media (Walrus Haul Out on the Northwest Coast of Alaska)
If you have questions about upcoming events, research, or media inquiries regarding the USGS Alaska Science Center please contact:
Communication and Outreach Coordinator
USGS - Alaska Science Center
Paul C. Laustsen
USGS Office of Communications
We appreciate all the interest expressed by media and the public regarding the walrus haulout on the northwest coast of Alaska. At this time, we are trying to accommodate interview requests. Information can also be obtained from the web information below. Agency partners (see links below) will work with Native Village of Point Lay to provide additional and timely information to the public and media as the situation develops.
7/18/16 - Pacific Coast Walrus Haulout Database and Report Now Online - The Pacific Walrus Coastal Haulout Database is based on generations of observations shared by Russians and Americans over more than 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.
News Release: More than 160 years of Walrus Haulout Observations Reported by Russians and Americans Published as 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.
2015 news release (50KB PDF)
Forecasting the Response of Pacific Walrus to Reduced Sea Ice in the Chukchi Sea (709 KB PDF)
Media teleconference: On August 28, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the Native Village of Point Lay conducted a media event to address questions from attending reporters. Here is a recording of this media event (mp3 format—13.06 mb)
For more information regarding walrus and walrus research visit:
Other USGS links:
- USGS Top Story (October 2014) "Walruses are hauling out on land instead of ice because of climate-induced warming" contains additional links, background information, photos and video.
- USGS Top Story (Nov. 2012) "Tracking Pacific Walrus: Expedition to the Shrinking Chukchi Sea Ice"
- USGS Changing Arctic Ecosystems factsheet: http://pubs.usgs.gov/fs/2012/3131/
On October 1, 2014, the National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey conducted a media event to address questions from attending reporters. Here is a recording of this media event (mp3 format - 12.8 mb)
- Podcast with USGS walrus researcher on changes in the ice-dominated ecosystems of the Arctic and effects on Pacific walruses
- Audio clips from walruses hauled out on the northwest coast of Alaska
Note: These audio clips have been released into the public domain by the U.S. Geological Survey. If you wish to use any of the audio clips please credit Anthony Fischbach, USGS.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service walrus web page has a wealth of information on walrus biology, conservation and management issues. See:
The Pacific walrus status review is a compilation of the best available scientific information on the potential effects of climate change on Pacific walrus. It can be found at: http://www.fws.gov/alaska/fisheries/mmm/walrus/pdf/review_2011.pdf