2020 Prince William Sound Forage Fish Observations

This report by Dr. Scott Pegau of the Prince William Sound Science Center summarizes the results of the surveys for forage fish he conducted in Prince William Sound last summer.

‘Forage fish’ are species that are preyed on by larger predators, and include Pacific herring, Pacific sand lance, capelin, and candlefish. Dr. Pegau conducted the survey of the entire coastline of Prince William Sound via airplane in 2019 and 2020.

Surveying from the air allows for identifying areas in water too shallow for a vessel. The primary objectives are to map and count schools of these fish in Prince William Sound to help protect these important species during a spill response. This work is expected to continue until 2022.

File Type: pdf
Categories: Oil Spill Prevention Planning
Author: Prince William Sound Science Center, W. Scott Pegau
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