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Title: PWS Herring Program - Tracking Seasonal Movements of Adult Pacific Herring in Prince William Sound

Project Year and Number: 2014: 14120111-B

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2016: 12120111-B, 2015: 12120111-B, 2014: 12120111-B, 2013: 13120111-B, 2013: 12120111-B, 2012: 12120111-B

Principal Investigator (PI): Mary Anne Bishop

Assisting Personnel: John Eiler, Sean Powers

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Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: Knowledge of fish movements and migrations are critical to understanding fish population dynamics. In Prince William Sound (PWS) adult herring disperse after spawning, however their movement patterns are poorly understood. Currently the only information on adult herring movements are a small number of observations from fishers that suggest PWS herring are regularly migrating out of PWS and onto the shelf. This proposal focuses on verifying adult Pacific herring movements using detections of tagged fish. The Herring Marking Workshop sponsored by EVOS in December 2008, reviewed all potential marking methods for herring and conditionally endorsed acoustic tagging as a method for determining herring movements. This pilot project will acoustic tag wild adult herring for the first time. Herring will be sampled from around Port Gravina, a spring spawning area. We will examine detections from acoustic arrays to determine seasonal movement patterns in and out of Prince William Sound. The proposed project builds on our previous and current research on acoustic-tagged fishes. This project will synergize with efforts of the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN). The ability to track herring is critical to answer many questions including those about stock structure, migration habits, and the occurrence of skip-spawning. Determining the capabilities of this technology will help guide our choice of future research emphasis.


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Proposal: View PDF (279 KB)

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Funding Detail For: 2014

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2014

Annual Report: 2014: View (157 KB)

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
2016: 12120111-B View (PDF) 2016: Not Applicable
2015: Not Applicable
2014: View (PDF)
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2013: 13120111-B View (PDF) 2013: Due 09/01/2013
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
2013: 12120111-B View (PDF) 2013: Due 09/01/2013
2012: View (PDF)
In Review Prior to Publication - For More Information Please Contact Us No datasets