For nearly a decade, John Tobin and his staff have provided critical support to the Service's Chukchi Sea polar bear research program. By helping coordinate shipping of capture gear to the mine, providing accommodations for our staff, and troubleshooting any issues that arise during the capture season, Tobin and his team have always been willing to assist in our research needs. Tobin's commitment to our research program has enabled us to collect invaluable information on bears in the Chukchi Sea, including polar bear ecology and how the animals are responding to sea ice loss. The research Tobin has supported allowed for the first estimate of the population's size in over two decades, which is critically needed to inform sustainable levels of subsistence harvest in the region. Additionally, the information gained on polar bear habitat use in the Chukchi Sea will be vital for ensuring that offshore activities can be conducted with minimal impacts to the population.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service