to the CSRS agreement at the last Annual Meeting, the pre-proposal
“North Pacific Research Board Gulf of Alaska Integrated Ecosystem
Research Program (GOA IERP) Upper Trophic Level Component: Gulf of
Alaska Salmon Research,” prepared by the NPAFC proposal team (leader: K.
Myers), was submitted to the North Pacific Research Board (NPRB) on
January 28, 2009. Based on a scientific review of nine submitted
pre-proposals, the NPRB Scientific Board invited NPAFC, as well as four
other candidates, to submit full proposals. The tentative schedule for
the NPRB’s funding decisions is in the end of May 2009.
Science Panel made the following comments for developing our full
The pre-proposal is very salmon-centric, and the full-proposal needs
to incorporate a broader ecosystem approach.
The full-proposal requires stronger and more integrated projects
related to seabirds and mammals and their role as predators.
Given that field research is limited to 2 years, use of prior data
will be important in meeting the objectives of the proposed
An innovative, original approach that explains the linkages between
brood year strength, climate change and carrying capacity needs to
How does this work advance our knowledge and understanding? How
does density-dependence for salmon relate to the rest of the GOA
response to the above comments by NPRB, the original pre-proposal and
hypothesis were examined and expanded as described in Appendix 4.