Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: The Trustee Council has a long-term investment in Pacific herring. The number of herring stocks in Prince William Sound and elsewhere in the northern Gulf of Alaska is fundamental to understanding how the population changes. The Council has previously supported Alaska Department of Fish and Game research which found no significant genetic differences in adult herring spawning in different areas in Prince William Sound. This new proposal will apply two kinds of sophisticated and innovative chemical analyses, elemental composition of otoliths and fatty acid residue patterns from heart tissue, to see if there are regional differences in the origin of herring spawning in different areas. This is a very good exploratory proposal and has been rated high in the review process.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: The ability to determine the stock of origin for herring sampled during field investigations will allow increased understanding of the distribution and mixing of northwest Gulf of Alaska herring stocks and assist in the identification of important habitats and rearing areas for individual populations.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)