Laptev Sea (LP)

Population size and status are unknown.

Status table outtake

Subpopulation size Subpopulation trend Sea ice metrics 1979-2018 Human-caused removals 2013/2014–2017/2018
Estimate and uncertainity Method and type of evidence Year and citation Long term (approx 3 generations) Short term (approx 1 generation) Change in date of spring ice retreat / fall ice advance (days per decade) Change in summer sea ice area (percent change per decade) 5-year mean
Quota (bears per year) Actual (% of total population)
Unknown   Data deficientData deficient-6.7/7.2-17.5N/A 
See also the complete table (all subpopulations)

Comments, vulnerabilities and concerns

There has been no hunting in the Laptev Sea since 1957. In 2018, a federal sanctuary (zakaznik) on the archipelago of the Novosibirsk Islands was created by a decree of the Government of the Russian Federation.

Status and delineation

Laptev Sea subpopulation mapThe Laptev Sea area. See also the complete map (all subpopulations).

The Laptev Sea subpopulation area includes the western half of the East Siberian Sea and most of the Laptev Sea, including the Novosibirsk and possibly Severnaya Zemlya islands (Belikov et al. 1998). The 1993 estimate of subpopulation size for LP (800 – 1,200) is based on aerial counts of dens on the Severnaya Zemlya in 1982 (Belikov and Randla 1987) and on anecdotal data collected in 1960–80s on the number of females coming to dens on Novosibirsk Islands and on the mainland coast (Kischinski 1969, Uspenski 1989). At present these estimates are not actual, and population size is unknown.


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