February 28, 2018

A Wealth of Scientific Information, Decades in the Making

The work of this collaborative group of NOAA Fisheries scientists and other agencies and organizations is being conducted under the Gulf Watch Alaska and Herring Research and Monitoring programs funded by the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. Findings from these programs are providing resource managers with important insights for recovery and protection of ecosystems after major oil spills.

What does the Prince William Sound ecosystem look like more than two decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill? According to NOAA Fisheries scientists and partners who have been monitoring the ecosystem since the spill occurred in 1989, the answer is complicated. It’s a picture that includes loss, recovery, change and persisting conditions.

A newly published Special Issue of Deep Sea Research II, includes 19 research papers on the Sound ecosystem.  Here, we highlight a few of the papers authored by NOAA Fisheries scientists.

To read the full NOAA Fisheries Highlight article visit: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/wealth-scientific-information-decades-making