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Title: Lingering Oil: Bioavailability and Effects to Prey and Predators

Project Year and Number: 2003: 030585

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2002: 02585

Principal Investigator (PI): Jeep Rice, NOAA

Assisting Personnel: Brenda Ballachey, Jim Bodkin, Dan Esler, Jeff Short

Research Location: Prince William Sound, Gulf of Alaska

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Harlequin Ducks , Sea Otters , Sediments

Abstract: About 20 acres of contaminated beach were found in 2001 surveys of western Prince William Sound conducted under Project 01543. In these areas, sea otters and harlequin ducks have not recovered, raising concerns that continued oil exposure may be affecting their survival. Biochemical assays and mortality patterns are consistent with continuing oil exposures, but prior to this study, linkages between oil persistence and impacts at higher trophic levels had not been attempted. In this study, shoreline contamination, exposure and effects were examined simultaneously by choosing a common set of sites at which to assess oil persistence and biological impacts on sea otters and harlequin ducks. Field work was conducted in FY 02, and closeout activities, including data analyses and writing of reports and publications, will be done in FY 03. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Auke Bay Lab has been leading the studies of oil bioavailability and impacts to prey species; Department of Interior-U.S. Geological Survey has been directing the studies on sea otters and harlequin ducks.


Geographic Regions Prince William Sound
Fields of Expertise Contaminants/Toxicology
Management & Policy
Population Biology
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Marine – Nearshore

Proposal: View PDF (152 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2003

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2003

Annual Report: 2003: Not Available

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2002: 02585 View (PDF) 2002: Not Available
See Project 030585 See Project 030585