The Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association has announced changes in
Its method of choosing projects that specifically support its five-year strategic plan for 2013-2018.
In place of its usual call for proposals, the BBRSDA board said this week that they will utilize the expertise within its committees to seek projects meeting identified information gaps and take advantage of strategic opportunities.
The process does not, however, preclude stakeholders from engaging in the committee and board processes that identify and evaluate potential projects, the board noted. Stakeholder input and assistance is welcomed and encouraged, the board said.
Over the past few years, the board has funded a number of very important research projects that are to continue over several years. These include the multi-year Alaska Department of Fish and Game project that allows for additional counting tower days in five river systems, the Bristol Bay Science and Research Institute’s study of Outer Port Heiden section genetics, and a University of Washington study in the Nushagak River that will identify sockeye, and potentially Chinook, salmon spawning areas.
Also new for 2015, the association said, will be a University of Washington study in the Nushagak River to help determine the quantity, quality and distribution of habitat for salmon spawning and rearing.