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Title: Herring Research and Monitoring Program

Project Year and Number: 2017: 17120111

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Scott Pegau

Assisting Personnel: None

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Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: The overall goal of the Herring Research and Monitoring (HRM) program is to: Improve predictive models of herring stocks through observations and research. The program objectives are to:

1) Expand and test the herring stock assessment model used in Prince William Sound. 2) Provide inputs to the stock assessment model. 3) Examine the connection between herring condition or recruitment to physical and biological oceanographic factors. 4) Develop new approaches to monitoring.

We are proposing a program made up of eight projects; Modeling and Stock Assessment of Prince William Sound Herring; Surveys and Age, Sex, and Size Collection and Processing; Adult Pacific Herring Acoustic Surveys; Juvenile Pacific Herring Aerial Surveys; Herring Disease Program; Studies of Reproductive Maturity among Age Cohorts of Pacific Herring; Annual Herring Migration Cycle; HRM Coordination; and Remote, Non-invasive Target Discrimination of Herring of Various Age-classes.

Through these projects we expect to address areas of interest numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9 outlined within the herring research and monitoring section of the invitation for proposals. The modeling project and a postdoctoral fellow in the coordination project are envisioned as two integrating projects that use data and information from all of the others. The postdoc will also work with the Gulf Watch Alaska and Data Management programs. The primary beneficiaries of our efforts are expected to be Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Prince William Sound herring fishermen. Dr. Pegau will serve as the program lead to ensure the proper coordination within the program, with other EVOS funded programs, and as a point person for communications with the EVOSTC. An independent scientific oversight group exists that will provide feedback on the program.


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Funding Detail For: 2017

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2017

Annual Report: 2017: Due 09/01/2017

Final Report: Draft Final Report Due 4/15/18

Publications from this Project: None Available