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Title: LTM Program – Long-term killer whale monitoring

Project Year and Number: 2017: 17120114-N

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2016: 12120114-M, 2015: 12120114-M, 2014: 14120114-M, 2014: 12120114-M, 2013: 13120114-M, 2013: 12120114-M, 2012: 12120114-M

Principal Investigator (PI): Craig Matkin

Assisting Personnel: None

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Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: The proposed project is a continuation of the photo-identification based long term killer whale monitoring program that was initiated in 1984 in Prince William Sound (PWS). A primary focus has been on resident killer whales and the recovery of AB pod and the threatened AT1 population of transient killer whales. 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 population dynamics, feeding ecology, movements, range, and contaminant levels will help determine their vulnerability to future perturbations and environmental change, including oil spills. The project uses various techniques, as possible and in addition to the core photoidentification monitoring and annual skin and biopsy sampling. These include observations of predation and sampling of prey, remote acoustic monitoring to identify important habitat and seasonal use patterns, time depth tags to investigate feeding ecology, and photographic drones to examine morphometrics, relocating whales for feeding studies. It continues examination of feeding habits prey sampling coupled with innovative chemical techniques. The study will continue to monitor delineate and monitor important habitat and variations in pod specific use patterns using observation as well as non-invasive remote acoustic monitoring. We will continue to examine the role of both fish eating and mammal eating killer whales in the near-shore ecosystem and their interaction with 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 (632 KB)

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Funding Detail For: 2017

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2017

Annual Report: 2017: View (904 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: 12120114-M View (PDF) 2016: Due 09/01/2016
2015: 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
2014: 12120114-M View (PDF) 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
2013: 12120114-M View (PDF) 2013: View (PDF)
2012: View (PDF)
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets