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Title: Scoter Life History and Ecology: Linking Satellite Technology with Traditional Knowledge to Conserve the Resource

Project Year and Number: 2000: 00273

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2001: 01273-CLO, 1999: 99273, 1998: 98273

Principal Investigator (PI): Dan Rosenberg, Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Assisting Personnel: Doug Hill, Mike Petrula

Research Location: Prince William Sound, Lower Cook Inlet

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Subsistence

Abstract: This project will study the life history and ecology of surf scoters that over-winter in or migrate through Prince William Sound. This information will be integrated with traditional ecological knowledge. Scoter populations in Alaska are declining. Communities in Prince William Sound and lower Cook Inlet harvest scoters for subsistence purposes. Scoters are among the least studied of North American waterfowl and little is known of their life history, ecology, and distribution. Scoters will be marked with surgically implanted satellite transmitters to define the breeding areas, molting areas, and wintering areas. To reduce mortality rates, scoters will be transported to the Alaska SeaLife Center for surgery and recuperation. Dialogue with community members will continue in order to collect traditional ecological knowledge and convey project information. Participation of local students will be encouraged through the Youth Area Watch project (/210).


Geographic Regions Arctic Ocean
Bering Sea
Bristol Bay
Cook Inlet
Copper River Watershed
Gulf of Alaska
Prince William Sound
Species Seabirds - Sea ducks
Fields of Expertise Ecology
Local Traditional Knowledge (LTK/TEK)
Management & Policy
Technological Methods Modeling
Satellite Tagging
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Freshwater – Lakes
Marine – Nearshore
Species Specific Research Issues Seabirds - Distribution and abundance
Seabirds - Habitat needs and disturbance
Seabirds - Tracking, tagging, and survey methods

Proposal: View PDF (1,458 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2000

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2000

Annual Report: 2000: View (3,314 KB)

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2001: 01273-CLO View (PDF) 2001: Not Available
See Project 00273 See Project 00273
1999: 99273 Not Available 1999: View (PDF)
See Project 00273 See Project 00273
1998: 98273 Not Available 1998: View (PDF)
See Project 00273 See Project 00273