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Title: Subsistence Restoration

Project Year and Number: 1993: 93017

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Rita Miraglia, Alaska Department of Fish & Game

Assisting Personnel: Jim Fall, Rachel Mason, Craig Mishler, Jody Seitz

Research Location: All Spill Affected Areas

Restoration Category: General Restoration

Injured Resources Addressed: Subsistence

Abstract: The EVOS injured subsistence uses of fish and other wildlife in the Prince William Sound Area. Annual per capita subsistence harvests declined between 12 and 77 percent of pre-spill averages. Concerns over long term health effects of using resources from the spill area resulted in a loss of confidence by subsistence users in their own abilities to decide if their traditional foods are safe to eat.

The goal of this project is to restore the subsistence uses of fish and wildlife damaged by the EVOS. Community meetings in Chenega Bay, Tatitlek, Cordova, Valdez, Nanwalek, Port Graham, Seldovia, Kenai, Seward, Larsen Bay, Karluk, Old Harbor, Akhiok, Port Lions, Ouzinkie, Kodiak City, Chignik Lake, Chignik, and Chignik Lagoon will be conducted to identify concerns and affected resources.

Samples of subsistence species will be collected from harvest areas, and analyzed for hydrocarbon contamination at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/National Marine Fisheries laboratory in Seattle. Interpretation of the test results should be undertaken by the Oil Spill Health Task Force. Test results and evaluation of the program will be communicated to the residents of the various affected communities by the Subsistence Division of the ADFG.


Geographic Regions Cook Inlet
Prince William Sound
Fields of Expertise Contaminants/Toxicology
Resource Management
Technological Methods Tissue sampling/biopsy

Proposal: PDF Not Available

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 1993

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 1993

Annual Report: 1993: Not Applicable

Final Report: View

Publications from this Project: None Available