Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary 2001-2002
Section Responsible for Processing (Top)
Dr. Mary Sue Brancato (Resource Protection Specialist, NOAA-Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary) led 2 rapid assessment surveys of the Sanctuary coastline in 2001 and 2002. Twenty four taxonomists and 17 generalists/support personnel participated in the surveys, including NHMLAC Polychaete Collection Manager Leslie Harris who did field and laboratory identifications for both surveys.
The primary objective was to identify invasive species in different habitats along the 135 miles of shoreline within the sanctuary and Neah Bay, and to establish baseline conditions for that point in time. A second objective was to compile an inventory of native species in the intertidal area of the sanctuary to contribute to the species inventory and voucher collection of invertebrate and algae species within the Sanctuary. A third objective was to compare the information from the outer coast to that available for Puget Sound (Cohen et al. 1998), Hoods Canal and Willapa Bay, a coastal estuary to the south of the sanctuary (Cohen et al. 2001).
Due to tidal constraints and the logistics of sampling an extensive coastline which often required backpacking or boat trips for access, the two surveys were insufficient to cover the entire expanse of the Sanctuary. A third trip with the same core personnel is planned to fill in the gaps.
All polychaetes found during the 2 surveys were brought back for the museum by Harris. Unsorted debris and algal samples rich in polychaetes were brought back as well.
- Principle investigator was Dr. Mary Sue Brancato. Funding came from NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Organisms collected are housed at the home institutions of the respective taxonomists.
Collection Location and Dates (Top)
A map of the OCNMS along with other information about the Sanctuary can be found here http://olympiccoast.noaa.gov/welcome.html and here http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/pgallery/atlasmaps/images/oc_2000.jpg
An account of the surveys by Bracato etal (pp.29-35 & appendices) can be found in deRivera,C., etal, 2005. Broad-Scale Nonindigenous Species Monitoring along the West Coast in National Marine Sanctuaries and National Estuarine Research Reserves Report to National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. 125 pp. The report can be downloaded from
Samples were collected in August 2001 and August 2002 from 18 main sites between Neah Bay and Point Grenville, Washington. They were taken from the intertidal, floating docks, or sediments directly below floating docks.
Taxonomic Contents (Top)
695 field identified lots were brought back by Harris.
655 lots are polychaetes. The remainder contained crustaceans (33 lots), molluscs (2), hydroids (1), plus 4 with mixed contents. There are approximately 2 dozen unsorted debris or algae-associated samples as well.
- Field notes, species lists, and electronic files are held by Harris in the Polychaete Section. Station information is available here from the Marine Biodiversity Processing Center database.
Description of Collection (Top)
- All samples were preserved wet, in either 5-10% formalin, 70% ethanol, or 95% ethanol. Polychaetes were field identified to species whenever possible. Some material has been further identified or verified at NHMLAC. The field separated lots are currently in the Polychaetes/MBPC office. After processing (transfer to museum quality glassware, labels, and fresh preservative) they will be shelved in the Polychaete Collection Room or given to the appropriate section. The unsorted lots are in the Polychaete Collection Room.
Collection Inventory (Top)
- 695 lots in 2-ml and 5-ml plastic vials held in vial racks. Approximately 2 dozen lots of unsorted material in 16-oz glass jars.
Collection Images (Top)
- No images available.
Specimen Condition (Top)
Date 4: New alcohol needed immediately (specimens will otherwise be irreparably damaged) 3: Containers need to be 'topped off' 2: New alcohol needed within next 6-12 months 1: No curation needed at present 02/19/2010 0% 0% 100% 0%
Container Condition (Top)
Date 4: Immediate short-term (less than 5 years) storage container replacement needed. Present containers are inadequate. Curate in the short-term with plastic buckets, whirltop bags, or similar. 3: Specimens contained in museum-grade long-term (greater than 5 years) storage containers. Jars need new closures (e.g. replace Bakelite and metal lids). 2: Transfer to museum-grade long-term storage containers. Replace or transfer to new jars and glass vials, replace cotton and closures. 1: Containers are museum-grade and meet highest curation standards. 02/19/2010 0% 0% 100% 0%
Label Condition (Top)
Date 4: New labels needed immediately (original labels in poor condition, paper torn/worn, legibility poor). 3: New labels needed within next 1-2 years (original labels beginning to wear, pencil writing fading, low quality paper was used). 2: New labels needed are as a result of curation and accretion of collection. 1: No new labels needed at present. 02/19/2010 0% 0% 100% 0%
Label Content (Top)
Date 2: New label or additional label needed because original label data is incomplete and supporting documentation provides additional collection data which greately enhances significance and value of each lot. 1: Label content complete. All collection data are contained on label. 02/19/2010 100% 0%
Level of Taxonomic Identification (Top)
Date 7: Not identified 6: Phylum 5: Class 4: Order 3: Family 2: Genus 1: Species 02/19/2010 0% 0% 0% 0% 20% 30% 50%