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Title: Update of the Status of Subsistence Uses in Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Area Communities 2014

Project Year and Number: 2015: 15150122

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Jim Fall

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location:

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: Subsistence uses are a vital natural resource service that was injured by the Exxon Valdez oil spill (EVOS). In the years following the spill, harvest levels and participation rates declined markedly, and transmission of cultural skills and values was disrupted. The EVOS Trustee Council (EVOSTC) has adopted the following recovery objective for subsistence:

“Subsistence will have recovered when injured resources used for subsistence are healthy and productive and exist at pre-spill levels. In addition, there is recognition that people must be confident that the resources are safe to eat and that the cultural values provided by gathering, preparing, and sharing food need to be reintegrated into community life.”

The last update of subsistence harvests, pertaining to 2003, concluded that “recovery is incomplete and the future direction of change is uncertain” (Fall 2006:396). The EVOSTC considers the status of subsistence as “recovering” but not recovered. The purpose of this project is to collect, analyze, and report information about current subsistence uses of fish and wildlife in a subset of EVOS area communities that is comparable with previous research results and that can be applied to evaluate the status of subsistence uses in light of the EVOS TC recovery objective.

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Funding Detail For: 2015

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2015

Annual Report: 2015: Not Applicable

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available