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Title: Monitoring Dynamics of the Alaska Coastal Current and Development of Applications for Management of Cook Inlet Salmon

Project Year and Number: 2004: 040670

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2003: 030670

Principal Investigator (PI): Mark Willette, Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Assisting Personnel: Scott Pegau

Research Location: Cook Inlet

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: This project will use a vessel of opportunity to collect physical oceanographic and fisheries data along a transect, across lower Cook Inlet from Anchor Point to the Red River delta. Logistical support for the field sampling will be provided in part by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game which has chartered a vessel annually to fish along this transect each day during July providing in season projections of the size of salmon runs returning to the inlet. The work proposed here is for long-term monitoring of oceanographic conditions in Cook Inlet as part of these ongoing fisheries surveys. Investigators will also use physical oceanographic data collected by the project to improve management of Cook Inlet salmon through improved in season salmon run projections. Several hypotheses regarding effects of changing oceanographic conditions on salmon migratory behavior will be tested. The oceanographic data collected by the project will also provide for valuable validation of remote sensing products, improved understanding of ocean dynamics in lower Cook Inlet, and a highly powerful statistical evaluation of the oil spill risk analysis models.


Geographic Regions Cook Inlet
Species Fish - Salmon
Fields of Expertise Ecology
Technological Methods Acoustics/hydroacoustics
Moored observing arrays (i.e. buoys)
Remote sensing – In Situ

Proposal: View PDF (151 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2004 , 2005 , 2006

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2004 , 2005 , 2006

Annual Reports: 2004: Not Available 2005: View (21 KB) 2006: View (22 KB)

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2003: 030670 View (PDF) 2003: View (PDF)
See Project 040670 See Project 040670