Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: The revised Detailed Project Description and progress report indicate improvements in conditioning of brood stock, gamete quality and larval survival in association with changes in hatchery protocols for littleneck clams. I encourage further work of this sort to improve future hatchery production. In addition, the nursery operation appears to be improved with sustained algal blooms and satisfactory growth in the Seward pond nursery as well as in the tidal FLUPSY in Prince William Sound. Beach growouts also appear to surpass expectations with survival of over 85 percent and a doubling of size in a 15-month period. The revised Detailed Project Description is properly focused on improving the hatchery protocols in order to define the optimal conditions for spawning and larval rearing, as well as maintaining production of the later stages in the FLUPSY and following up on growth of out-planted clams on beaches in Tatitlek, Eyak, Nanwalek, and Port Graham. I recommend funding the revised proposal as requested.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: This project is an effort to establish subsistence clam populations as replacements for subsistence resources injured by the spill. The emphasis in FY 98 should be on the development of standard operating procedures that produce viable littleneck clams. Technical difficulties have been encountered at the old hatchery; it is hoped that production will improve and can be sustained at the new hatchery. A decision on whether or not to provide additional funding in FY 99 will be made following a review of FY 98 progress and results.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)