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Title: Trends in Adult and Juvenile Herring Distribution and Abundance in Prince William Sound, submitted under the BAA

Project Year and Number: 2007: 070830

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

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

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Pacific Herring

Abstract: Information on abundance, distribution and condition of key herring life stages is needed as a basis for restoration. Critical barometers of the PWS herring population are the adult abundance and condition, as monitored in March, and the juvenile abundance and condition going into and coming out of the long winter period (October to March). Some of this information is currently provided through a program at PWSSC that focuses on herring as a critical food source for Steller sea lions. We propose to fill data gaps in this program with juvenile herring surveys in March of 2007 and 2008 and three additional surveys in FY 2009. These surveys can be conducted in a very cost efficient manner because of the much larger concurrent program that will conduct two surveys each year in FY 2007 and 2008. In addition, the direct capture effort associated with all surveys will be expanded, and biological samples will be available for other uses including disease, marking and stable isotope research. Several collaborations have been established in this regard with investigators at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Auke Bay and PWSSC.


Geographic Regions Prince William Sound
Species Fish - Herring
Fields of Expertise Ecology
Management & Policy
Resource Management
Technological Methods Acoustics/hydroacoustics
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Marine – Nearshore
Marine – Pelagic
Species Specific Research Issues Fish - Distribution and abundance

Proposal: View PDF (492 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2007 , 2008 , 2009

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2007 , 2008 , 2009

Annual Reports: 2007: View (26 KB) 2008: View (29 KB) 2009: View (141 KB)

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available