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Title: Herring Bay Monitoring and Restoration Studies

Project Year and Number: 1994: 94086

Other Fiscal Years and Numbers for this Project: 1996: 96086, 1995: 95086-C, 1993: 93039, 1992: CH1-B, 1992: CH1-A, 1991: CH1-B, 1991: CH1-A, 1990: CH1, 1989: CH1

Principal Investigator (PI): Ray Highsmith, Alaskan University

Assisting Personnel: Lawrence Deysher, Tama Rucker, Sue Saupe, Michael Stekoll, Peter Van Tamelen

Research Location: Prince William Sound

Restoration Category: Monitoring

Injured Resources Addressed: Intertidal Organisms , Mussels

Abstract: The seaweed Fucus gardneri was seriously damaged in the Prince William Sound area, as a result of the EVOS and resultant cleanup activities. Fucus makes up 90% of the algal biomass in the intertidal region, and serves as habitat and food for a variety of invertebrates and mammals. Natural recovery of Fucus beds has been slow. Barnacles, mussels, and limpets were reduced by the spill and cleanup. This project will continue to identify major limitations to settlement, recruitment, and growth of Fucus and of invertebrates such as barnacles, mussels, and limpets by providing controlled, long-term natural recovery monitoring of intertidal communities.

The structure and population dynamics of Fucus plants will be quantified by determining size frequency, population size, reproductive status, growth rates, individual sizes, number of receptacles, egg dispersal, and condition of the plants at the established oiled and control test sites. Mussel and barnacle recruitment rates and mussel and Fucus growth rates relative to water motion on oiled and unoiled sites will be compared. Indications that Fucus plants release allelochemicals will be investigated by monitoring the established cleared plots with various sized buffer zones.


Geographic Regions Prince William Sound
Species Plants - Nonvascular - Marine
Fields of Expertise Ecology

Proposal: PDF Not Available

Funding Recommendations: View

Funding Detail For: 1994

Quarterly Project Tasks For: 1994

Annual Report: 1994: View (5,426 KB)

Final Report: See Project 1105

Publications from this Project: None Available

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Project Number Proposal Annual Reports Final Report Data
1996: 96086 Not Available 1996: Not Available
Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us No datasets
1995: 95086-C Not Available 1995: Not Available
See Project 96086 See Project 96086
1993: 93039 Not Available 1993: Not Applicable
See Project 96086 See Project 96086
1992: CH1-B View (PDF) 1992: Not Applicable
View No datasets
1992: CH1-A View (PDF) 1992: Not Applicable
View No datasets
1991: CH1-B Not Available 1991: Not Applicable
See Project CH1-B See Project CH1-B
1991: CH1-A Not Available 1991: Not Applicable
See Project CH1-A See Project CH1-A
1990: CH1 Not Available 1990: Not Applicable
Not Available - For Current Status Please Contact Us See Project CH1
1989: CH1 Not Available 1989: Not Applicable
View No datasets