Task 1 of this project delivers a report reviewing information on cetacean stocks within areas of relevance (AOR) considered important by the JIP. These AORs were described as text by the JIP using country boundaries. All spatial representations have been produced by SMRU Ltd. This report summarises information for each AOR in turn. For each of the AOR, information on species and associated stocks that are present is listed with an indication of the amount of data that exist. For species where quality information on abundance exists within an AOR, the possibility of trend analysis is discussed. This report will be provided to the JIP for guidance on those cetacean stocks that will be taken forward for consideration in Task 2.
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