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Title: The Seward Line: Marine Ecosystem monitoring in the Northern Gulf of Alaska

Project Year and Number: 2019: 19120114-L

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Russ Hopcroft, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Assisting Personnel: Ken Coyle, Seth Danielson

Research Location:

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Commercial Fishing , Common Murres , Killer Whales , Kittlitz's Murrelets , Marbled Murrelets , Pacific Herring , Pigeon Guillemot , Recreation & Tourism , Sea Otters , Sockeye Salmon , Subsistence , Subtidal Organisms

Abstract: Long times-series are required for scientists to tease out pattern and causation in the presence of substantial year-to-year variability. For the 5 year period beginning in 2017, we are continuing multi-disciplinary oceanographic observations begun in fall 1997 in the northern Gulf of Alaska. Cruises occur in early May and early September to capture the typical spring bloom and summer conditions, respectively, along a 150-mile cross shelf transect to the south of Seward, Alaska. The line is augmented by stations in the entrances and deep passages of Prince William Sound. We determine the physical-chemical structure, the distribution and abundance of phytoplankton, microzooplankton, and mesozooplankton, and survey seabirds and marine mammals. These observations enable descriptions of the seasonal and inter-annual variations of this ecosystem. Our goal is to characterize and understand how different climatic conditions influence the biological conditions across these domains within each year, and what may be anticipated under future climate scenarios. We are not proposing any major changes to this project for FY19. Beginning in 2018, funding as one of the National Science Foundation’s Long-term Ecological Research sites is allowing expanded sampling on the shelf upstream of Prince William Sound, including near Middleton Island, to help better understand spatial variability on the shelf.


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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