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Title: PWS Herring Program - Intensive surveys of juvenile herring

Project Year and Number: 2012: 12120111-G

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2014: 14120111-G, 2013: 13120111-G

Principal Investigator (PI): Michele Buckhorn, Prince William Sound Science Center

Assisting Personnel: Dick Thorne

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Not Specified

Abstract: Hydroacoustic surveys of juvenile herring nursery areas in Prince William Sound have been conducted during fall and late-winter for the last several years. The number of locations surveyed have varied from 5-9, including the 4 Sound Ecosystem Assessment (SEA) bays. However, each seasonal effort has conducted only a single night survey in each of these locations. Thorne (2010) examined seasonal changes from fall 2006 to spring 2009. He showed that apparent overwinter mortality of age 0 herring appeared to be greatest in Simpson Bay and least in Whale Bay. However, the differences in seasonal abundance could be attributed to mortality, emigration, or changes in ambient light. We propose to address these uncertainties with an intensive fall and late winter/spring intensive survey. The fall series will start mid-October 2014 and extend to the first week of December. The late winter/spring series will begin the 3rd week of February 2015, and extend into the 2nd week of April. We propose to conduct the surveys in two bays sufficiently adjacent to cover each bay each night, such as Simpson Bay, Port Gravina, Windy Bay or St. Mathews Bay. In addition to the hydroacoustic surveys, we propose a single night of direct capture effort in each location for each of the survey weeks (See Bishop, this proposal). The survey design will follow the historic zig zag transects run by Thorne since 1993 in order to remain consistent with that sampling design and to put the long term fall and spring surveys into context.

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Proposal: View PDF (47 KB)

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Funding Detail For: 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2012 , 2013 , 2014 , 2015

Annual Reports: 2012: View (1,139 KB) 2013: View (39 KB) 2014: View (363 KB) 2015: View (656 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
2014: 14120111-G View (PDF) 2014: View (PDF)
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
2013: 13120111-G Not Available 2013: Due 09/01/2013
Final Report Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets