Currently, viable restoration options for mitigating habitat loss in Alaska’s coastal waters are limited. At the same time, restoration methods applied in lower latitude marine habitats have not been explored in sub-Arctic marine ecosystems. Testing the efficacy of potential restoration tools in these ecosystems is necessary to determine effective enhancement and restoration options for Alaska’s nearshore waters. Artificial reefs (AR) are commonly deployed in temperate to tropical marine waters for the purpose of enhancing fish abundance, or restoring habitat following the degradation or loss of natural structure to anthropogenic or acute natural events.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service