Summary: Adria Banks and Alejandro Acevedo-Gutiérrez
Western Washington University Biology Department Bellingham, Washington USA
1. Quantify the density of bottomfish at two
locales within the candidate marine reserve.
2. Compare the visitation of harbor seals to a
"high-density" bottomfish area (Site A) versus a
"low-density" area (Site B).
3. Describe the use of a candidate marine
reserve, by harbor seals, prior to protection.
RESULTS: Prey Density CONCLUSIONS
This material is based upon work supported under a National Science
Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Further funding was provided by
Shannon Point Marine Center. The Science, Mathematics, and Teaching
Education Program and the Biology Department at Western Washington
University provided field equipment. This project could not have been
completed without numerous
ABSTRACT This study was conducted from June through August 2004 in Burrow's Channel, a candidate marine reserve
in Skagit County, Washington. Bottomfish density was estimated once a month with SCUBA surveys at two sites (A and B) separated by