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Title: Historical Humpback Whale Abundance in Prince William Sound in Relation to Pacific Herring Dynamics

Project Year and Number: 2010: 10100128

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2012: 11100836-A, 2011: 11100836

Principal Investigator (PI): Terry Quinn, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Assisting Personnel: John Moran, Jan Straley, Olga Von Ziegesar-Matkin

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Pacific Herring

Abstract: The principal objective of this study is to analyze historical data on humpback whales to develop time series of abundance for humpback whales in Prince William Sound. This historical data is currently inaccessible, and has never been analyzed. Annual high-quality surveys used photoidentification, so that numbers were counted accurately. In this proposal, a relative index will be calculated from sightings and sampling effort. Mark-recapture models will be developed from sighting histories. These data will be used in an age-structured assessment model of Pacific herring to estimate the historical effect of whale predation on herring, leading to Suzie Teerlink's Master's thesis and three journal articles. This project is an offshoot from Project 090804, Rice's Significance of Whale Predation on Natural Mortality Rates of Pacific Herring in PWS, and will give a 30 year perspective to the findings of that project. This study develops a historical perspective to provide a better framework for understanding herring recovery. No field work is required for this data salvage project.


Geographic Regions Prince William Sound
Species Fish - Herring
Marine Mammals - Cetaceans (whales, dolphin, porpoises)
Fields of Expertise Commercial fisheries
Management & Policy
Population Biology
Resource Management
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Data Management
Data Synthesis/Visualization
Fishery management
Ecosystems Marine – Pelagic
Species Specific Research Issues Fish - Distribution and abundance
Fish - Population dynamics
Fish - Predator-prey interactions
Fish - Stock assessment methods
Marine Mammals - Distribution and abundance
Marine Mammals - Foraging ecology
Marine Mammals - Population structure
Marine Mammals - Predator-prey interactions

Proposal: View PDF (550 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2010 , 2011

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2010 , 2011

Annual Reports: 2010: Due 09/01/2010 2011: Due 09/01/2011

Final Report: Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2012: 11100836-A View (PDF) 2012: Due 09/01/2012
See Project 11100836 No datasets
2011: 11100836 View (PDF) 2011: View (PDF)
View No datasets