Science Panel Recommendation: Fund Reduced
Science Panel Comments: If direct enhancement or other types of intervention is a likely direction that a herring restoration program will pursue, then captive rearing and propagation of herring will be needed. This proposal is the only project that seeks to develop culture techniques suitable for herring in Alaska. The PIs have a great deal of experience with fish culture (mostly salmon), but it is unclear how much experience they have with herring. Herring culture techniques have been successfully implemented in Japan, and the panel believes that the PIs would benefit from learning how those methods that can be used in Alaska. Therefore, they recommend a reduction in the first year of funding to $60,000 for the PI’s to collaborate with the Japanese on herring culture techniques. In the second year, the PI’s should submit a reworked proposal. They should remove the calcium receptor gene objective, because it is unclear how that relates to herring. They should consider a larger range of environmental factors in their culture methods and analyze their effects on growth and survival. The PIs also need to define a source for their captive fish, describe how they will consider the role of disease in their work and resolve permitting issues.
Science Director Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Science Director Comments: Concur with Science Panel. If direct intervention or enhancement activities are eventually recommended for PWS herring, an understanding of culture techniques and large-scale production will be necessary. The PIs have experience in fish culture, (although their experience with herring is not clear in the proposal), and the Alaska SeaLife Center will provide an excellent facility to establish this program. The Japanese have a great deal of experience with commercial scale herring production, and their experience would benefit any program initiated in Alaska. Therefore, the PIs should take advantage of one-year seed funding to present a proposal that incorporates established techniques.
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Executive Director Comments: Concur with Science Panel recommendation and suggest a collaborative effort with other established hatcheries in the PWS area.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund Reduced
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)