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Ocean Acidification and EFH Research Funding for FY 2014

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Ocean Acidification Funding

The AFSC will receive about $376,450 for ocean acidification research in FY 2014. The new funds primarily will be used to conduct species-specific physiological research. The species-specific physiological response to ocean acidification is unknown for most marine species. Lacking basic knowledge, research will be directed toward several crab, fish, and coral taxa. The research will be conducted at the AFSC’s Kodiak and Newport Laboratories. The king crab results also will be incorporated into a king crab bioeconomic model; this work will be completed by the Socioeconomics Assessment program in Seattle.

Principal Investigators Abbreviated Titles Funding
Foy Alaska crab growth and survival $195,950
Dalton Alaska crab abundance forecast   $46,200
Hurst Growth and survival of finfish   $52,300
Foy, Hurst, Mathis Water chemistry   $52,649
Stone Calcium carbonate mineralogy of Alaskan corals   $29,351
Total   $376,450


Essential Fish Habitat Funding

The AFSC will receive about $494,100 for essential fish habitat (EFH) research in FY 2014. Project selection for EFH research is based on research priorities from the Alaska Essential Fish Habitat Research Plan. Research priorities are

  1. Characterize habitat utilization and productivity; increase the level of information available to describe and identify EFH; apply information from EFH studies at regional scales.
  2. Assess sensitivity, impact, and recovery of disturbed benthic habitat.
  3. Validate and improve habitat impacts model; begin to develop geographic-based database for offshore habitat data.
  4. Map the seafloor.
  5. Assess coastal and marine habitats facing development. 
Principal Investigators Titles Funding
Rooper, Sigler,
Ground truth the presence and abundance of coral habitat on the eastern Bering Sea slope both inside and outside canyon areas $138,420
Zimmermann Bathymetry and substrate compilation from smooth sheets: Gulf of Alaska and Norton Sound   $72,572
Laurel, Ryer, Copeman Optimal thermal habitats of gadids in Alaskan waters   $68,000
Olson, Foy, Harris Examining the effects of offshore marine mining activities on Norton Sound red king crab habitat   $77,330
Yeung, Yang, Cooper High prey availability defines juvenile flatfish habitat quality in the eastern Bering Sea   $50,730
Malecha, Shotwell, Ammann Recruitment and response to damage of an Alaskan gorgonian coral   $17,700
Hoff, Stone Coral and Sponge diversity along the EBS slope with a focus on Pribilof and Zhemchug Canyons  $20,750
Stone, Waller Matching pieces of the puzzle: validating the reproductive ecology of red tree corals in Gulf of Alaska habitats with extensive studies in shallow water $48,575
Total   $494,100

By Mike Sigler



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