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Title: Effects of Oiled Incubation Substrate on Pink Salmon Reproduction

Project Year and Number: 1999: 99476

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2003: 030476, 2002: 02476, 2001: 01476, 2000: 00476

Principal Investigator (PI): Ron Heintz, NOAA/NMFS Auke Bay Laboratory

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Little Port Walter, Southeast Alaska

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Pink Salmon , Sediments

Abstract: This project will examine the effects of oil exposure during embryonic development on the gamete viability of pink salmon that survive to spawn. The objective is to determine if exposure to oil during incubation could explain the reduced gamete viability reported for pink salmon in Prince William Sound under Project /191A. In that study, gametes taken from pink salmon returning to oiled streams had higher mortality rates than gametes taken from salmon in unoiled streams. These data suggest a dramatic effect of oil on vertebrate reproduction that has not previously been described. The plausibility of reduced gamete viability is indicated by the effects demonstrated by Project /191B, which include reduced marine survival and growth of returning adults. However, this effect still requires unequivocal demonstration. This study is designed to make the demonstration and complete a model of life cycle impacts from incubating eggs in oiled gravel.


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Proposal: PDF Not Available

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 1999

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 1999

Annual Report: 1999: View (2,011 KB)

Final Report: See Project 495

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2003: 030476 View (PDF) 2003: Not Available
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2002: 02476 Not Available 2002: View (PDF)
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2001: 01476 View (PDF) 2001: View (PDF)
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2000: 00476 Not Available 2000: View (PDF)
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