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Title: Potential Impacts of Oiled Mussel Beds on Higher Organisms: Contamination of Black Oystercatchers Breeding on Persistently Oiled Sites in PWS

Project Year and Number: 1993: 93035

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: None

Principal Investigator (PI): Brad Andres, DOI

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Black Oystercatchers

Abstract: This study will directly document the exposure of black oystercatchers to oil remaining in the mussel beds and fine sediments of Prince William Sound after the EVOS.

Exposure to oil will be documented by observing where birds forage and what they eat and by analyzing the feces of chicks for hydrocarbon contamination. The survival of chicks raised in the spill area, and recruitment of breeders into the spill area populations will be documented.

Black oystercatchers do not avoid feeding in or delivering prey to chicks from persistently oiled substrates. Despite being fed more biomass, chicks raised at persistently oiled nest sites grow slower than chicks at unoiled nest sites. Females renesting at oiled sites produce fewer eggs of lesser volume than females renesting at unoiled sites.


Geographic Regions Prince William Sound
Fields of Expertise Contaminants/Toxicology

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