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Abundance of common minke whales in the Northeast Atlantic based on survey data collected over the period 2014-2019
Hiroko Kato Solvang, Hans J. Skaug, Nils I. ?ien
We present an estimate of abundance of common minke whales in the northeast Atlantic based on data collected over the period 2014-2019. The abundance estimate for the total covered area has increased by about 50 % compared to the three preceding survey periods, i.e. from 101 000 to about 150,000 minke whales. The increase is attributed to increases within the Small Management Areas CM, EB and EN and decreases of abundance within EW and ES. Within the Eastern Medium Area, the recent comparable estimate is 15 % higher than in the previous three cycles, i.e. about 105,000 animals. However, within this region there have been south- and eastwards distributional shifts from the Norwegian Sea and the Svalbard area to the Barents Sea and the North Sea.