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Funding Recommendations

Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: Not Reviewed

Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: This proposal was reviewed by the Chief Scientist and not by the STAC.


Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund Reduced

Chief Scientist Comments: Herring remain one of the key non-recovered species and are of substantial commercial importance, in addition to being a key component of the pelagic ecosystem. This study has contributed much to our understanding of disease expression in herring. In the opinion of the reviewers, most of the value of this project has been obtained through the contributions already made to the literature and to the management of the herring fishery by work on the VHS (viral hemorrhagic septicemia) virus. The reviewers feel there is insufficient justification for substantial investment of further research money in sample processing for determining the presence of a second pathogen (Ichthyophonus hoferi). However, a modest contribution of matching funds to a larger effort would be in order. Fund at level of $25,000 if matching funds are obtained.


Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)

Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)


Executive Director Recommendation: Defer

Executive Director Comments: Defer decision on funding this project until November, pending contribution of funds from non-EVOS sources to carry out the project as proposed. This project, which has made an important contribution to management of the herring fishery, will complete its work on viral hemorrhagic septicemia in FY 02 (Project 02462). The proposer has requested funds to conduct new work on Icthyophonus hoferi in FY 03. The reviewers consider the organ-by-organ pathobiological study proposed to be of lower priority at this stage of the restoration program, but a modest contribution of $25,000 to the project may be worthwhile. Deferring the project until November will provide the proposer an opportunity to secure funds from other sources. The project objective is to determine whether disease continues to limit recovery of the Prince William Sound herring population.


Trustee Council Decision: Fund

Trustee Council Comments: Fund full request ($87,000) in two phases contingent on submittal and approval of budget for this amount: First Phase I is $25,000 to be released to principal investigator now; Phase II is up to $62,000 to be released in January 2003, with actual amount to be determined based on amount of funds obtained from non-EVOS sources by the principal investigator by that time. This project, which has made an important contribution to management of the herring fishery, will complete its work on viral hemorrhagic septicemia in FY 02 (Project 02462). FY 03 funds are to conduct new work on Icthyophonus hoferi. The reviewers consider the organ-by-organ pathobiological study proposed to be of lower priority at this stage of the restoration program, but a modest contribution to the project is worthwhile. The project objective is to determine whether disease continues to limit recovery of the Prince William Sound herring population. [Note: Funds were approved in November 2002.]