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Title: Effects of Oiled Incubation Substrate on Pink Salmon Reproduction

Project Year and Number: 2003: 030476

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 2002: 02476, 2001: 01476, 2000: 00476, 1999: 99476

Principal Investigator (PI): Ron Heintz, NOAA

Assisting Personnel: Marie Larsen

Research Location: Little Port Walter, Baranof Island, Southeast Alaska

Restoration Category: Research

Injured Resources Addressed: Pink Salmon , Sediments

Abstract: Populations are maintained through successful reproduction; this study is designed to determine if exposure to oil impairs pink salmon reproduction. This experiment began in the fall of 1998 when pink salmon eggs were incubated in oil contaminated water. Fish that survived exposure were marked and released in the spring of 1999. They reached maturity at sea and returned to spawn in the fall of 2000. Return rates confirmed previous observations of reduced marine survival among exposed fish, but evaluations of offspring (F1) survival rates did not indicate any reproductive impact. The F1 were incubated in clean water until spring 2001 when they were marked and released. They will mature and return to the hatchery in the fall of 2002 and their reproductive ability will be evaluated by generating an F2 generation. A diminished ability to produce the F2 generation represents a genetic effect of oil transmitted to unexposed generations. Such an effect was demonstrated for similarly treated pink salmon in 1997, but corroborating data do not exist. This project is designed to retest that experiment; if diminished reproductive ability is corroborated, it would demonstrate a significant and unanticipated effect of oil pollution.


Geographic Regions Aleutian Islands
Species Fish - Salmon
Fields of Expertise Contaminants/Toxicology
Management & Policy
Population Biology
Technological Methods Modeling
Professional Activity Field research and Data Collection
Ecosystems Freshwater – Rivers/Streams
Species Specific Research Issues Fish - Genetics and stock identification
Fish - Ocean migration and survival
Fish - Population dynamics

Proposal: View PDF (113 KB)

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 2003

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 2003

Annual Report: 2003: Not Available

Final Report: In Review Prior to Publication - For More Information Please Contact Us

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
2002: 02476 Not Available 2002: View (PDF)
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2001: 01476 View (PDF) 2001: View (PDF)
See Project 030476 See Project 030476
2000: 00476 Not Available 2000: View (PDF)
See Project 030476 See Project 030476
1999: 99476 Not Available 1999: View (PDF)
See Project 030476 See Project 030476