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Title: LTM Program - Long-term killer whale monitoring in Prince William Sound/ Kenai Fjords

Project Year and Number: 2012: 12120114-M

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2017: 17120114-N, 2014: 14120114-M, 2013: 13120114-M

Principal Investigator (PI): Craig Matkin

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: The proposed project is a continuation of the monitoring of AB pod and the AT1 population killer whale populations in Prince William Sound on an annual basis. These groups of whales suffered serious losses at the time of the oil spill and have not recovered at projected rates. Monitoring of all the major pods and their current movements, range, feeding habits, and contaminant levels will help determine their vulnerability to future perturbations, including oil spills. The project also extends the scope of the basic monitoring to include an innovative satellite tagging program used to examine habitat preference, feeding ecology and assist in relocating whales for feeding studies. It continues examination of feeding habits using observational and innovative chemical techniques. The study will delineate important habitat, variations in pod specific movements and feeding behavior within a temporal and geographic framework. We will describe the role of both fish eating and mammal eating killer whales in the near-shore ecosystem and their impacts on prey species. Community based initiatives, educational programs, and programs for tour boat operators will continue to be integrated into the work to help foster restoration by improving public understanding and reducing harassment of the whales.

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Proposal: View PDF (101 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

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

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

Annual Reports: 2012: View (2,264 KB) 2013: View (9,582 KB) 2014: View (577 KB) 2015: View (610 KB) 2016: Due 09/01/2016

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
2017: 17120114-N View (PDF) 2017: View (PDF)
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
2014: 14120114-M Not Available 2014: View (PDF)
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
2013: 13120114-M Not Available 2013: Due 09/01/2013
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets