As noted above, ABWC aerial survey efforts in 1996-98 and 2001-03 focused on the CS during the time when ECS belugas were using nearshore areas, but those efforts were not successful at covering the offshore distribution indicated by the satellite-linked tags.
The ABWC co-manages beluga whale stocks in western Alaska with NOAA, and two of the agreed-upon objectives of the management plan are to "conserve the Western Alaska beluga whale population" and to "protect Alaska Native beluga whale subsistence hunting traditions and culture" (ABWC, 1999).
This work was supported by'BOEM, NOAA, and ABWC, and we particularly thank Jeff Denton (BOEM) Phil Clapham (NOAA), and Malissa Langley (North Slope Borough) for their administrative help.
Chaired by Sheikha Hessa Saad Al-Abdullah, ABWC
was founded in 1999
The Hurunui spur soils (about 80% spatial proportion) are dominantly ABwC profiles of about 1 m thickness and moderate to moderately high AW.
The Haldon hollow soils (8% spatial coverage) are ABwR or ABwC profiles with thicknesses about 0.9 1.1 m and moderate to moderately high AW and less clay content than the Hurunui hollow soils.
This was through a cooperative process with ABWC and CIMMC.
The status review coincided with workshops held by the ABWC (16-17 Nov.
The CIMMC and ABWC provided support for tagging operations and workshops.
Although the CIMMC has kept records of ongoing harvest since 1995 (Hill and DeMaster, 1998; ABWC (4,5,6,7)) (Table 1), many Alaska Native hunters in Cook Inlet were not affiliated with CIMMC and did not give them harvest data, thus these estimates were also minimal.
In 1995, concerns were raised about the sale of Cook Inlet beluga muktuk by Native hunters to local markets (ABWC (5)).
The CIMMC, ABWC, ADFG, and Native hunters of Cook Inlet provided the harvest statistics presented here.