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Title: Evaluating Injury to Harlequin Ducks

Project Year and Number: 2010: 10100839

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2009: 090839, 2008: 080839

Principal Investigator (PI): Tuula Hollmen, Alaska SeaLife Center

Assisting Personnel: Kathrine Springman

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Harlequin Ducks

Abstract: Evaluation of harlequin duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) population trends, survival measures,and biomarker indicators of exposure suggests that the species is recovering, but has not fully recovered from the effects of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS) in the Prince William Sound (PWS). In areas oiled by the EVOS, elevated cytochrome P4501A biomarker induction has been observed in harlequin ducks as recently as March 2007, providing evidence of continued exposure. The magnitude of injury and its implications for populations of harlequin ducks caused by chronic oil exposure and long-term induction of central enzymatic processes is unknown. This study applies a panel of in vitro harlequin duck and surrogate cell line bioassays for a species-specific toxicological assessment of site-specific hydrocarbons from PWS. A combination of bioassays that measure direct effects on cell viability and DNA damage provide a new method to assess and quantify injury. Also, a battery of laboratory bioassays provides a method to link P4501A biomarker induction with other measures of cellular injury, and a comprehensive assessment of potential short- and long-term toxicity.

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Proposal: View PDF (341 KB)

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Funding Detail For: 2010 , 2011

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2010 , 2011

Annual Reports: 2010: View (157 KB) 2011: View (22 KB)

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2009: 090839 View (PDF) 2009: View (PDF)
See Project 10100839 See Project 10100839
2008: 080839 View (PDF) 2008: View (PDF)
See Project 10100839 See Project 10100839