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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: 1994: 94020

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 1992: R103-B, 1992: R103-A, 1992: R103-2

Principal Investigator (PI): Brad Andres, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Assisting Personnel: None

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Black Oystercatchers

Abstract: As a continuation of a previous project, this study will continue individual and population monitoring to determine the magnitude and duration of chronic effects of the EVOS on black oystercatchers in Prince William Sound (PWS).

Black oystercatchers do not avoid feeding in or delivering prey to chicks from persistently oiled substrates. Previous data indicates that despite being fed more biomass, chicks raised at persistently oiled nest sites grow slower that chicks at unoiled nest sites. Exposure to oil will be documented by observing where birds forage, what they eat, and by analyzing chick feces for hydrocarbon contamination. Changes in the breeding population of black oystercatchers in oiled and unoiled areas of central PWS will be monitored.


Geographic Regions Prince William Sound
Fields of Expertise Contaminants/Toxicology

Proposal: PDF Not Available

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 1994

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 1994

Annual Report: 1994: Not Available

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
1992: R103-B Not Available 1992: Not Applicable
See Project R103-A See Project R103-A
1992: R103-A Not Available 1992: Not Applicable
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1992: R103-2 Not Available 1992: Not Applicable
See Project R103-A See Project R103-A