Science Panel Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Science Panel Comments: The Panel was disappointed that the PI’s visit to Japan to study herring culture techniques in FY07 was so brief. While the project is scientifically sound, enhancement is still under consideration as a potential restoration tool for herring in PWS. This project should be reviewed next fiscal year in relation to the Herring Recovery Plan, which will be in place.
Science Director Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Science Director Comments: I concur with the Science Panel.
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Executive Director Comments: When receiving FY07 funding, the PIs were directed to collaborate with the Japanese on herring culture techniques and to remove the calcium receptor gene objective because it is unclear how that relates to herring. They were also requested to consider a larger range of environmental factors in their culture methods and analyze their effects on growth and survival. The PIs also needed to define a source for their captive fish, describe how they will consider the role of disease in their work and resolve permitting issues. The PIs spent a total of 4 days in Japan and also chose to work on the calcium receptor gene objective. I recommended not funding their FY07 proposal because the work on the PWS Herring Restoration Plan was not complete. Before the Council considers funding this amendment, I continue to recommend waiting for the Herring Restoration Plan to guide their decisions.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)