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Title: Herring Bay Experimental and Monitoring Studies

Project Year and Number: 1992: R102

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Ray Highsmith, University of Alaska Fairbanks

Assisting Personnel: Lawrence Deysher, Wallace Erickson, AJ Hooten, Lyman McDonald, Dale Strickland, Peter Van Tamelen

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Damage Assessment

Injured Resources Addressed: Intertidal Organisms , Mussels

Abstract: Experiments conducted at Herring Bay and throughout the EVOS impact area over the last two years clearly indicate that one of the consequences of the oil spill and resultant clean-up activities was serious damage to intertidal algal and invertebrate populations. The Herring Bay experiments were designed to examine the impact of oil on relationships between and among intertidal invertebrates and plants and to monitor recovery of intertidal communities over the long term. Experiments conducted in Herring Bay to date substantiate experimentally the nature and magnitude of damage to the intertidal community due to oil and clean-up efforts.

The Herring Bay experiments were designed to elucidate the dynamic aspects of intertidal community recovery, particularly secondary impacts on, and recovery rates of, species dependent upon other species directly reduced or eliminated by the oil or oil removal treatment. This project will continue these experiments.

Proposed studies include: 1. Population Dynamics; 2. Fucus Studies, Growth Rates and Egg Release Rates and Egg Survival; 3. Invertebrate Recruitment in Herring Bay.


Species Microorganisims - Phytoplankton
Microorganisims - Zooplankton
Plants - Nonvascular - Marine
Fields of Expertise Contaminants/Toxicology

Proposal: PDF Not Available

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 1992

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 1992

Annual Report: 1992: Not Applicable

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available