Distribution of Whales and Dolphins in Korean Waters Based on a Sighting Survey from 2000 to 2010
목시조사(2000-2010)에 의한 한국 연안 고래류의 종류 및 분포

Hawsun Sohn, Kyum Joon Park, Yong Rock An, Seok Gwan Choi, Zang Geun Kim, Hyun Woo Kim, Du Hae An, Young Ran Lee, Tae-Geon Park
2012 Korean Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences  
In the late 1970s, the National Fisheries Research & Development Institute (NFRDI) started cetacean research to submit the Korean whale catch record to the International Whaling Commission. This continued until the moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986. The NFRDI resumed cetacean research with a pilot whale sighting survey in 1999. Subsequently, the NFRDI has conducted 53 cetacean sighting surveys within the Korean exclusive economic zone between 2000 and 2010. The surveys took a total of
more » ... took a total of 760 days and cruising for 23,866 nautical miles. The finless porpoise Neophocaena asiaeorientalis was sighted most frequently (735 times), followed by the minke whale Balaenoptera acutorostrata (396 times), the long-beaked common dolphin Delphinus capensis (102 times), and the Pacific white-sided dolphin Lagenorhynchus obliquidens (27 times). Minke whales were distributed in the Yellow Sea and coastal area of the East Sea from spring to fall. Pacific white-sided dolphin sightings were restricted to the middle and upper coastal areas of the East Sea in summer. Common dolphins were sighted from east of the southern coast to the eastern coast of the Korean Peninsula from spring to fall. Finless porpoise occurred in all Korean coastal areas, except the middle and upper eastern coast.
doi:10.5657/kfas.2012.0486 fatcat:n7q2pntzwfhc7c3qv4hm76jssy