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Title: Monitoring for Evaluation of Recovery and Restoration of Injured Nearshore Resources

Project Year and Number: 2010: 10100750

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2010: 10100750-A, 2007: 070750, 2006: 050750, 2005: 050750, 2004: 040687, 2003: 030687

Principal Investigator (PI): Jim Bodkin, US Geological Survey

Assisting Personnel: Tom Dean

Research Location: Western Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Clams , Intertidal Organisms , Mussels , Passive Use , Recreation & Tourism , Sediments , Subsistence

Abstract: The proposed project is designed to assist in the evaluation of recovery and restoration of injured resources in Prince William Sound. The primary objective is to initiate or continue recovery and restoration monitoring in the nearshore in Prince William Sound following the plan developed in Restoration Project 050750 and tested in Restoration Project 070750. The goal of this program is to evaluate the current status of EVOS injured resources and services (recreational, subsistence, and passive use), to determine when populations may be considered recovered, and to foster recovery of those resources by identifying and recommending actions in response to factors limiting recovery. The National Park Service and USGS began implementation of a similar nearshore monitoring plan outside of Prince William Sound (i.e., along the Katmai, Kenai Fjords, and Lake Clark National Park coasts, including both oiled and unoiled sites) in 2006. This program is collecting information similar to the data sets that have been used to assess recovery of injured resources in Prince William Sound (e.g., population abundance and survival of sea otters, population abundance of harlequin ducks and other nearshore birds, abundance estimates for mussels, clams, and other intertidal organisms). Contrasts among trends in injured resources in and outside Prince William Sound, including both oiled and unoiled areas will provide the primary means of resource evaluation. Funds for conducting some of these studies in Prince William Sound (e.g., bird and mammal surveys, D. Irons USFWS) are being sought by other proposals submitted to the Trustee Council and are not addressed herein. Our purpose is to implement a nearshore monitoring program in Western Prince William Sound related to EVOS injured resources and to make it comparable to the program being carried out by the National Park Service in the Gulf of Alaska outside of Prince William Sound. This proposed nearshore sampling in Prince William Sound, in conjunction with nearshore sampling and data management supported by NPS and USGS will provide the foundation of a comprehensive restoration monitoring program for the entire oil spill area.


Geographic Regions Gulf of Alaska
Prince William Sound
Species Marine Mammals - Sea Otters
Seabirds - Sea ducks
Fields of Expertise Ecology
Management & Policy
Population Biology
Recreational fisheries
Resource Management
Subsistence fisheries
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Marine – Nearshore
Species Specific Research Issues Macro-invertebrates - Ecosystems indicators
Macro-invertebrates - Population dynamics
Macro-invertebrates - Predator-prey interactions
Marine Mammals - Distribution and abundance
Marine Mammals - Foraging ecology
Marine Mammals - Population structure
Marine Mammals - Predator-prey interactions
Marine Mammals - Use of ecosystems indicators
Seabirds - Distribution and abundance
Seabirds - Ecosystems indicators
Seabirds - Foraging ecology
Seabirds - Predator-prey interactions

Proposal: View PDF (587 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2010 , 2011 , 2012 , 2013

Annual Reports: 2010: View (45 KB) 2011: View (45 KB) 2012: View (45 KB) 2013: Due 09/01/2013

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2010: 10100750-A View (PDF) 2010: Due 09/01/2010
View No datasets
2007: 070750 View (PDF) 2007: View (PDF)
View No datasets
2006: 050750 View (PDF) 2006: Not Applicable
2005: View (PDF)
See Project 070750 See Project 070750
2004: 040687 View (PDF) 2004: Not Applicable
View No datasets
2003: 030687 View (PDF) 2003: View (PDF)
See Project 040687 See Project 040687