Migration and behavior of Dolly Varden in the Beafort Sea, examined with pop-up satellite tags

Project Description

Fisheries managers have long recognized the importance of Dolly Varden char in the diet of subsistence users from several villages in Arctic Alaska. To understand the biology and ecology of this anadromous fish species, fisheries managers and biologists have conducted a variety of research projects examining its freshwater life stages. In contrast, there is very little direct information about the ocean distribution and behavior of Dolly Varden that spend their summers in the Beaufort Sea portion of the Arctic Ocean. To fill in this important knowledge gap, we are using pop-up satellite archival transmitting tags to provide baseline information about the oceanic habits, distribution and migration patterns of Dolly Varden that occupy the Beaufort Sea of the Arctic Ocean during the summer.

Research Team

Principal Investigator

picture of Andrew "Andy" Seitz

Andrew "Andy" Seitz

Associate Professor
  • Fish behavior
  • fish migration
  • behavioral ecology
  • electronic tagging
(907) 474-5254
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Research Staff

Michael Courtney
Audun Rikardsen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Randy Brown, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Fairbanks Field Office

Project Funding

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Office of Subsistence Management
Amount: $400,978
Start Date: 2014-04-00 End Date: 2017-03-00

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