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Title: Monitoring Dynamics of the Alaska Coastal Current and Development of Applications for Management of Cook Inlet Salmon

Project Year and Number: 2003: 030670

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2006: 040670, 2005: 040670, 2004: 040670

Principal Investigator (PI): Mark Willette, Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Assisting Personnel: Scott Pegau

Research Location: Cook Inlet

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: This project will collect physical oceanographic and fisheries data along a transect across lower Cook Inlet from Anchor Point to the Red River delta each day during July. The data will be made available to other researchers studying how the physical dynamics of the Alaska Coastal Current affect the productivity of biological resources in the region. Logistical support for the field sampling will be provided in part by an existing test-fishing vessel chartered annually by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to provide inseason projections of the size of salmon runs returning to the inlet. The project will also use the physical oceanographic data to improve management of Cook Inlet salmon through improved inseason salmon run projections. Several hypotheses regarding effects of changing oceanographic conditions on salmon migratory behavior will be tested.


Geographic Regions Cook Inlet
Fields of Expertise Hydrology
Management & Policy
Physical/Chemical Oceanography
Population Biology
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Marine – Nearshore
Marine – Pelagic

Proposal: View PDF (240 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2003

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2003

Annual Report: 2003: View (114 KB)

Final Report: See Project 142

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2006: 040670 View (PDF) 2006: View (PDF)
2005: View (PDF)
2004: Not Available
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