Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: Substantial progress has been made in understanding the role of VHS and Ichthyophonus in the recent decline of Pacific herring stocks in Prince William Sound. The hypothesis that oil-induced stress is linked to the disease outbreak and population decline remains viable. The project is on track for achieving its objectives, and I recommend continued funding.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: (Not Available)
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: Project is designed to investigate potential link between oil exposure and disease, and between disease and the herring population decline in PWS. Understanding the causes of the decline and the lack of recovery is important for restoration and resumption of the herring fishery.