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Title: Physical Oceanographic Processes in Relation to the Early Life History Stages of Pacific Herring (Clupea pallasi) in Prince William Sound Alaska

Project Year and Number: 2009: 090817

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2008: 080817, 2007: 070817

Principal Investigator (PI): Shelton Gay, Prince William Sound Science Center

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Pacific Herring

Abstract: Past research of juvenile Pacific herring in PWS has shown that recruitment is highly influenced by conditions within nursery sites affecting survival within the first year. Studies of the physical oceanography of nursery fjords has indicated that each site has a unique set of hydrographic conditions that are influenced by both local processes and water exchange between the GOA and PWS. These factors vary significantly depending on geographic location. The proposed study will build upon past research by continuing a hydrographic time series within nursery fjords and collect high resolution data on currents and hydrography to determine the dominant mechanisms of water exchange and circulation within two experimental fjords; one located in a highly productive sub-region (Simpson Bay) and one located in less productive sub-region influenced by tidewater glacial outflow (Whale Bay). Also, this project will provide a physical context for a suite of biological sampling proposed for these sites.

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Proposal: View PDF (4,133 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2009

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2009

Annual Report: 2009: View (26 KB)

Final Report: Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2008: 080817 View (PDF) 2008: View (PDF)
See Project 090817 See Project 090817
2007: 070817 View (PDF) 2007: View (PDF)
See Project 090817 See Project 090817