Subject: ABSTRACT: Harbour porpoise strandings in BC (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Mon, 13 May 1996 11:40:42 -0400 (EDT)

What is a harbor porpoise?
How large is it?
Where does this species live?

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Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 15:42:29 -0400 (EDT)
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Subject: ABSTRACT: Harbour porpoise strandings in BC (fwd)

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Date: Thu, 9 May 1996 10:36:39 -0700
From: Robin W. Baird <rbaird@UVic.CA>
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Subject: ABSTRACT: Harbour porpoise strandings in BC

Baird, R.W., and T.J. Guenther. 1995. Account of harbour porpoise (Phocoena
  phocoena) strandings and bycatches along the coast of British Columbia.
  Reports of the International Whaling Commission (Special Issue 16):159-


Little is known about the biology or status of the harbour porpoise (Phocoena
phocoena) in British Columbia (BC), Canada. In this study, all available
records of stranded or incidentally caught harbour porpoise are reviewed.
Eighty-one records of stranded animals, or of animals caught in fishing gear
along the BC coast, from the period 1934-1991, are presented. The harbour
porpoise is the most frequently recorded cetacean stranding on the coast of
BC. Stranding records are concentrated where there are large areas of water
ranging in depth from 10 to 100m, usually associated with human population
centres. Strandings have occurred throughout the year, but biases in effort
preclude the determination of any seasonal or geographic trends. Records
exist of animals taken incidentally in three commercial fisheries as well as
in Canadian government test and research fisheries. Two animals taken
incidentally in fisheries in adjacent US waters have also been recovered in
BC. In addition, shark predation has been implicated in the death of one

Robin W. Baird, Ph.D.
Marine Mammal Research Group
Box 6244
Victoria, B.C.
V8P 5L5 Canada
Phone (604) 380-1925
Fax (604) 380-1206