Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: This project has achieved tremendous success after transferring operations to the new clam hatchery and implementing new protocols for spawning clams. Large numbers of seed are being produced in the hatchery and emphasis is now shifting toward improving the protocols for the growout of seed in the outside pond and for juveniles in the field. The revised proposal includes funds to install several large outdoor tanks to replace the rearing ponds, which are needed to assure good spring and summer growth. An experimental design must be submitted for review by March 12, 1999 that shows how various factors affecting beach growout success will be evaluated. Fund as now proposed.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: FY 99 is the final year of Trustee Council contribution to this project, which aims to enhance local clam populations as replacements for subsistence resources injured by the oil spill. In FY 99, the emphasis will be on the development of standardized techniques for the hatchery production of littleneck clams and on analyzing growth and mortality of the seed planted on beaches in prior years. Additional clam seed will be planted on project beaches (Port Graham, Nanwalek, Tatitlek) in FY 99 in order to maintain the development schedule for enhancing local populations.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)