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Title: ShoreZone Mapping for Prince William Sound

Project Year and Number: 2007: 070805

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Mandy Lindeberg, NOAA

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: General Restoration

Injured Resources Addressed: Pacific Herring

Abstract: This proposal will continue ShoreZone mapping in Prince William Sound (PWS), Alaska. Approximately 8,400 km of shoreline has been mapped in the central Gulf of Alaska, including 1,600 km of shoreline in western PWS in 2004. The majority of the spill area inside PWS, including Knight island area and all of northern and eastern PWS have not been mapped. To support both future oil remediation efforts as well as restoration activities, such as possible herring intervention programs like moving spawn to rearing areas, would be supported by a single mapping protocol that included geomorphology, substrate type, as well as the biological substrate on all beaches. Completing PWS would fill the gap by providing a contiguous data set from across the entire spill area using a standard protocol. Most importantly, this data set will be useful to managers, as it combines photographs of the entire beach area, as well as having a data set that can be sorted by location, substrate type, and other factors. The ShoreZone data set is recognized as a significant tool for oil spill response planning, identifying essential fish and wildlife habitat, and for monitoring long-term changes in coastal habitat that may result from development, restoration, or even global climate change. Three 6-day aerial video imagery surveys (about 4,000 km of shoreline), mapping, ground-truthing, and nearshore fish sampling are proposed. Aerial video imagery would be completed in the first summer, mapping in the following winter, with ground truthing/fish sampling at a limited selection of sites the following summer.


Keywords

Geographic Regions Prince William Sound
Species Fish - Forage fish
Fish - Herring
Fields of Expertise Commercial fisheries
Ecology
Geology
Management & Policy
Technological Methods Geographic information systems/Mapping
Modeling
Oil Spill Contingency Planning
Professional Activity Data Synthesis/Visualization
Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Estuarine
Marine – Nearshore
Species Specific Research Issues Fish - Distribution and abundance
Fish - Foraging ecology
Fish - Habitat
Macro-invertebrates - Foraging ecology

Proposal: View PDF (328 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2007 , 2008

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2007 , 2008

Annual Reports: 2007: View (13,146 KB) 2008: View (761 KB)

Final Report: In Review Prior to Publication - For More Information Please Contact Us

Publications from this Project: None Available