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Title: Identification of Essential Habitat for Pacific Herring (Clupea Pallasi) in Sitka Sound for Comparison to Prince William Sound i.e. Source vs. Sink Habitat– Submitted under the BAA

Project Year and Number: 2008: 080834

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2007: 070834

Principal Investigator (PI): Heather Meuret-Woody, Sitka Tribe of Alaska

Assisting Personnel: Nate Bickford

Research Location: Sitka Sound, Sitka Alaska, Southeast Alaska

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Pacific Herring

Abstract: Once herring hatch and the larvae drift to retention areas, they begin metamorphosis. As juveniles, herring forage in productive waters of the North Pacific. Adult herring then return to natal beaches to spawn. What is unknown is where the herring go and if certain regions contribute more to the spawning population. Once we know which population contributes more to the spawning groups, we can then identify those variables that enhance the life histories of the source population. We can identify these groups and track their movements using otolith chemistry. The adult herring that return to spawn are the survivors. If most of the survivors come from a distinct population, then we need to know which population survive and why. This will allow managers to protect the most important populations and also identify those environmental variables needed to enhance other populations.


Geographic Regions Southeast Alaska
Species Fish - Herring
Fields of Expertise Chemistry
Commercial fisheries
Management & Policy
Physical/Chemical Oceanography
Population Biology
Resource Management
Subsistence fisheries
Technological Methods Geographic information systems/Mapping
Professional Activity Data Synthesis/Visualization
Field research and Data Collection
Fishery management
Research program administration
Ecosystems Marine – Nearshore
Marine – Pelagic
Species Specific Research Issues Fish - Ecosystems indicators
Fish - Genetics and stock identification
Fish - Habitat
Fish - Ocean migration and survival
Fish - Population dynamics

Proposal: View PDF (3,165 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2008

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2008

Annual Report: 2008: View (371 KB)

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2007: 070834 View (PDF) 2007: View (PDF)
See Project 080834 See Project 080834