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Title: Gulf Watch Alaska Program: Long-term Monitoring of Marine Conditions and Injured Resources

Project Year and Number: 2019: 19120114

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Mandy Lindeberg, NOAA

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location:

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Bald Eagles , Barrow's Goldeneye , Black Oystercatchers , Clams , Commercial Fishing , Common Loons , Common Murres , Cormorants , Harbor Seals , Harlequin Ducks , Intertidal Organisms , Killer Whales , Kittlitz's Murrelets , Marbled Murrelets , Mussels , Pacific Herring , Passive Use , Pigeon Guillemot , Pink Salmon , Recreation & Tourism , River Otters , Rockfish , Sea Otters , Sediments , Sockeye Salmon , Subsistence , Subtidal Organisms

Abstract: The Gulf Watch Alaska (GWA) program directly addresses the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council’s focus area, integrated long-term monitoring of marine conditions and injured resources services. The overarching goal of GWA is to provide sound scientific data and products that inform management agencies and the public of changes in the environment and the impacts of these changes on injured resources. GWA has a consortium of 13 projects organized in the following functional groups: three monitoring components (environmental drivers, pelagic, and nearshore), a program management team, a science review panel, a science coordinating committee, and an outreach steering committee.

The program has five primary objectives: 1) sustain and build upon existing time series in the EVOS-affected regions of the Gulf of Alaska, 2) provide scientific data, data products and outreach to management agencies and a wide variety of users, 3) develop science synthesis products to assist management actions, inform the public and guide monitoring priorities for the next 15 years, 4) continue to build on collaborations between the GWA and Herring Research and Monitoring (HRM) programs, as well as other Trustee program focus areas including the data management program, lingering oil and potential cross-program publishing groups, and 5) leverage partnerships with outside agencies and groups to integrate data and expand capacity through collaborative efforts.

To date in FY18, all field sampling projects have been completed as planned, PIs continued to leverage GWA funding and resources to enhance collaborative efforts in the Gulf of Alaska, and the program management team has completed reporting requirements, continued development of data products and outreach activities to engage stakeholders.

Overall, there are only minor changes to GWA program management, outreach, and sampling effort for FY19. We are requesting additional funding in four of the 13 work plans to replace agency-supported vessel charter costs that are no longer available, resume summer forage fish surveys and aerial survey validation in PWS, and partially fund a postdoc to support science synthesis efforts.

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Funding Detail For: 2019

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2019

Annual Report: 2019: Due 03/01/2020

Final Report: Draft Final Report Due 4/15/20

Publications from this Project: None Available