Since the late 1970s halibut growth rates have decreased in the Gulf of Alaska. The primary goal of this study is to determine if the trend in decreased growth rates is continuing in the Homer area of the Cook Inlet. The reason for this decrease is presently unknown, though may be correlated to changes in abundance, climate, or diet. This study will attempt to correlate the growth rate with diet. Finally, there has been a recent epizootic of “Mushy Flesh Syndrome,” a syndrome characterized by degeneration of muscle tissue; we will attempt to correlate this with diet and growth rate.
Sarah Webster: I am originally from Shelburne, Vermont. I graduated from Colby College in Maine in 2005 with a BA in Biology. Since then I have taught environmental education throughout the US, worked for the World Conservation Union in Vietnam, and worked with Sea Turtles in Costa Rica. My primary interest is in using science to make sound management decisions.