Pacific halibut migration and behavior

Project Description

This large, multi-faceted project used pop-up satellite tags to examine several aspects of the movement and behavior of Pacific halibut. The main research areas include movement and reproductive segregation among large marine ecosystems, timing of spawning migrations, spawning behavior, and skip-spawning. The project, which began in 2000 and was the subject of my Ph.D. dissertation, has consisted of several phases and components, all of which were conducted in collaboration with the International Pacific Halibut Commission. This project will continue into the future until we run out of research ideas, which will likely never happen!

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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Co-Principal Investigator

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Brenda Norcross

  • fisheries oceanography
  • fisheries ecology
  • fish habitats
  • early life history of marine fish
  • Arctic fishes
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Co-Principle Investigators

Tim Loher, International Pacific Halibut Commission
Jennifer Nielsen, U.S. Geological Survey (retired)
Brenda Norcross

Research Staff

Thomas Farrugia
Michael Courtney

Project Funding

Aleutian Pribilof Island Community Development Association, Central Bering Sea Fisherman's Association, Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council, International Pacific Halibut Commission, North Pacific Research Board, U.S. Geological Survey
Start Date: 2000-10-00 End Date: 0000-00-00

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