Report of the Norwegian 2021 survey for minke whales in the Small Management Area CM ? the Jan Mayen area
Nils ?ien, Deanna Leonard
As part of a six-year program over the period 2020-2025 with the aim to get a new estimate of minke whale abundance in the Northeast Atlantic in a timely manner regarding RMP requirements, the area around the island Jan Mayen, comprising the Small Management Area CM, was surveyed with one vessel during the summer 2021. Three blocks were surveyed and received a reasonable coverage. In addition, a survey for harbour porpoises was conducted within the Hardangerfjord in southern Norway. A total of 2,641 nautical miles of primary search effort was conducted within the surveyed CM blocks. The most common species sighted were minke whales, Northern bottlenose whales, fin whales, humpback whales and sperm whales. In addition, sightings were made of killer whales, blue whales, white-beaked dolphins, sei whales, pilot whales and harbour porpoises. Compared to the 2016 survey of CM fewer minke whales were recorded in the southern part of the survey area.