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Title: Long-term killer whale monitoring in Prince William Sound/ Kenai Fjords

Project Year and Number: 2018: 18120114-N

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2017: 17120114-N, 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, North Gulf Oceanic Society

Assisting Personnel: None

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Injured Resources Addressed: Commercial Fishing , Killer Whales , Pacific Herring , Passive Use , Recreation & Tourism , Subsistence

Abstract: The proposed project is a continuation of the long-term photo-identification based program that has continuously monitored killer whale populations in Prince William Sound since 1984. 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 two groups of whales suffered serious losses at the time of the oil spill and have not recovered at projected rates. Assessment of population dynamics, feeding ecology, movements, range, and contaminant levels for all major pods in the area will help determine their vulnerability to future perturbations and environmental change, including oil spills. In addition to population dynamics from annual photo-identification, this project uses other techniques to determine the health and trends of the population. These techniques include biopsy/skin sampling to compare genetics between populations, biopsy/blubber to investigate contaminants, fatty acid, and stable isotope profiles, prey sampling of flesh, fish scales, and whale scat to investigate diet, behavioral observation, and remote acoustic monitoring to determine important off-season habitat. We are not proposing any major changes to this project for FY18; however, some opportunistic sampling has been de-emphasized.


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Proposal: View PDF (226 KB)

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Funding Detail For: 2018

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2018

Annual Report: 2018: View (585 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
2017: 17120114-N View (PDF) 2017: View (PDF)
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
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