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Title: LTM Program - Nearshore Benthic Ecosystems in the Gulf of Alaska

Project Year and Number: 2014: 14120114-R

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Brenda Ballachey

Assisting Personnel: None

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Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: We propose to continue the long-term nearshore marine monitoring program which has been ongoing in the GOA since 2006, supported by the National Park Service-Southwest Alaska Network and the US Geological Survey, and supported by the Gulf Watch Alaska project since 2012. The sampling design consists of three primary sampling locations in nearshore habitats in the central GOA region, including Prince William Sound (PWS), Kenai Fjords National Park (KEFJ), and Katmai National Park (KATM). Additionally, we will coordinate with nearshore sampling ongoing in Kachemak Bay as part of the Gulf Watch Alaska project. In western PWS, KEFJ and KATM, we plan to continue sampling at established sites on an annual basis through 2016. In eastern and northern PWS, we plan to continue sampling at established sites in alternate years, with eastern PWS scheduled for 2014. Monitoring includes measurements of water quality (temperature, salinity), intertidal invertebrates and algae, sea grasses, sea otters, black oystercatchers, and surveys of marine birds and mammals. The monitoring also includes measures of nearshore ecosystem productivity, predator-prey dynamics, and stable isotope and contaminant analyses.


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Funding Detail For: 2014

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2014

Annual Report: 2014: View (144 KB)

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Publications from this Project: None Available