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Title: PWS Herring Program - Validation of Acoustic Surveys for Pacific Herring Using Direct Capture

Project Year and Number: 2012: 12120111-A

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2014: 14120111-A, 2013: 13120111-A

Principal Investigator (PI): Mary Anne Bishop

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Commercial Fishing , Pacific Herring , Passive Use , Recreation & Tourism , Subsistence

Abstract: Acoustic surveys provide a relatively low-cost, remote sensing tool to estimate species-specific fish biomass and abundance. Interpreting acoustic data requires accurate ground truthing. In Prince William Sound, juvenile herring acoustic surveys have been conducted at the beginning (November) and end (March) of every winter since March 2007. Until now, a variety of methods have been used with limited success to ground truth these surveys.

Pelagic trawls are the recommended method for validating species composition and for obtaining relatively unbiased information on length frequency distribution, age, and other biological information. Here we propose to use a low-resistance, light-weight midwater trawl capable of increased towing speeds (up to 4 knots) as a method to ground truth acoustic surveys for juvenile and adult herring. Our pelagic trawl surveys will take place in conjunction with and onboard the same vessel as three studies in the PWS Herring Research and Monitoring program: a) Juvenile Herring Abundance Index (years 2-5); b) Acoustic Consistency: Intensive Surveys of Juvenile Herring (year 3); and, c) Expanded Adult Herring Surveys (years 2-5). In year 1 we will also use the trawl to collect juvenile herring during the 9-month intensive Study to Validate the Separate Herring Condition Monitoring Programs. Our project will provide data on species composition and length frequency to aid in the interpretation of current and historical acoustic surveys. In addition it will provide adult herring samples to Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the adult herring age-structure-analyses model and will provide juvenile herring samples to researchers investigating juvenile herring fitness and disease. Our trawls will also provide fishery-independent surveys for non-herring species, thus increasing our knowledge of pelagic fishes in Prince William Sound.


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Proposal: View PDF (385 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015 , 2016 , 2017 , 2018

Annual Reports: 2012: View (1,139 KB) 2013: View (752 KB) 2014: View (548 KB) 2015: View (550 KB) 2016: Not Applicable 2017: Not Applicable 2018: Not Applicable

Final Report: Draft Final Report Due 4/15/19

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2014: 14120111-A View (PDF) 2014: View (PDF)
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
2013: 13120111-A View (PDF) 2013: Due 09/01/2013
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets