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Title: Impacts of Seafood Waste Discharge in Orca Inlet, PWS

Project Year and Number: 2004: 040725

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Dick Thorne, Prince William Sound Science Center

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Orca Inlet, Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Commercial Fishing

Abstract: This proposal brings together several entities with concerns over the impacts of seafood waste discharge into Cordova Harbor (Orca Inlet). The Prince William Sound Science Center (PWSSC) is acting as the facilitator of this effort because of its strategic location and long-term interest in the problem. Primary collaborators are DEC, ADF&G and Cordova seafood processors. Anticipated collaborators include the Native Village of EYAK and the City of Cordova. The proposed research will investigate possible impacts of seafood waste discharge through a series of experiments that will evaluate the nearshore community response to alternate techniques of seafood waste discharge, including different grind sizes and whole carcasses, as well as a pile remediation study. These experiments will not only aid our understanding of the historic impacts, but will form the basis for a more healthy and productive approach to seafood waste recycling. A three-year project is proposed, with the first year devoted to baseline observations and experimental design.


Geographic Regions Prince William Sound
Species Fish - Halibut
Macro-invertebrates - Crab
Marine Mammals - Sea Otters
Fields of Expertise Ecology
Local Traditional Knowledge (LTK/TEK)
Resource Management
Technological Methods Acoustics/hydroacoustics
Geographic information systems/Mapping

Proposal: View PDF (74 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2004 , 2005 , 2006

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2004 , 2005 , 2006

Other materials associated with this project: View

Annual Reports: 2004: View (145 KB) 2005: View (470 KB) 2006: View (974 KB)

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available