Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: This is a technically sound proposal. However, the stock assessment and stock identification products are those which salmon harvest management programs routinely require. The Trustee Council has supported the development of the tools being applied by this project over several years on the theory that their application would be essential to harvest management of depressed and damaged salmon stocks. At this time, the risk of catastrophically low salmon runs which warrant further restoration efforts would appear extremely remote.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: Fund project close-out (completion of data analysis and preparation of final report/manuscript). This concludes a 5-year effort to more accurately regulate spawning levels using improved sockeye salmon stock assessment capabilities. Continuation of effort should be taken over by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game as part of its normal management responsibility. The information provided by this project is being used by fisheries managers to modify fishing areas and openings in order to improve management of Kenai River and other Upper Cook Inlet sockeye salmon stocks, which were injured when escapement goals were greatly exceeded following the oil spill.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)