Annual Report 2009



  Contents  Introduction  EECM  Enforcement Workshop  |  RPCM  17th Annual Meeting People & Events  |  Appendices 


1. Time and Place of the Meeting
2. Participants
3. Research Plans and Cruise     Activities
4. Exchange Samples and Data
5. Sub-Committee and Working     Group Reports
6. Project Proposals for      External Fund-Raising
7. Symposia

Laboratory tour at SakhNIROhosted by V. Radchenko (right).
Photo by
NPAFC Secretariat

6. project proposals for external fund-raising
(a)    NPRB Proposal
According 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. 

The NPRB Science Panel made the following comments for developing our full proposal:

  1. The pre-proposal is very salmon-centric, and the full-proposal needs to incorporate a broader ecosystem approach.
  2. The full-proposal requires stronger and more integrated projects related to seabirds and mammals and their role as predators.
  3. Given that field research is limited to 2 years, use of prior data will be important in meeting the objectives of the proposed research.
  4. An innovative, original approach that explains the linkages between brood year strength, climate change and carrying capacity needs to be added.
  5. How does this work advance our knowledge and understanding?  How does density-dependence for salmon relate to the rest of the GOA ecosystem?

In response to the above comments by NPRB, the original pre-proposal and hypothesis were examined and expanded as described in Appendix 4.