Science Panel Recommendation: Fund
Science Panel Comments: Disease is an important consideration in the development of a comprehensive herring restoration program, and this is the only project that proposes to take an in-depth look at disease factors. The PIs are experts in the field and qualified to conduct the work. The panel recommends removing the immune gene expression objective, which is not well conceived or detailed in the proposal. Also, the PI should expedite the development of lab methods, so they can be used as tools to assess disease status in the field while captive work continues. A field component should also be added in Year 2 with concentration on Sitka (healthy stock) population for field validation.
Science Director Recommendation: Fund
Science Director Comments: Concur with the Science Panel. No other disease proposals were submitted to the Trustees, and disease plays an important role in the current state of PWS herring. However, disease is not fully understood in the PWS herring population. Understanding disease is vital to any direct intervention activity, so that the spread and expansion of disease problems can be prevented.
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Fund
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: Concur with Science Panel.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)