This is the second of two reports produced by this committee. In its first report (NRC 2005), the committee was charged with providing insights gained from the AYK SSI workshop, briefings, relevant science plans, published literature, and committee members’ expertise to help the STC avoid difficulties and pitfalls. That report, whose summary is in Appendix A, outlined essential components of a successful, long-term science plan; summarized other existing research plans for the region that are relevant to the AYK region; refined research themes related to the goals of the AYK SSI around which the science plan can be organized; and identified critical research questions that should be addressed within research themes. Those themes included physical, biological, social, and economic matters.
After receipt of this committee’s first report in August 2004, the AYK SSI submitted its draft research and restoration plan to the committee on June 15, 2005 (AYK SSI 2005). After receipt of the draft plan, the committee met in Anchorage on August 8-11, 2005, including during an open session on August 10 where conversations were held with members of the AYK SSI Scientific and Technical, and Steering committees.
This second report reviews the draft research and restoration plan. The NRC committee evaluated the plan in light of concerns, themes, and questions identified throughout the study process, and recommends actions that agencies, regional organizations, and universities can take to implement research programs that will address the plan. The committee also assessed the ability of the plan, over time, to help in the understanding of the causes of the decline of these stocks and how to provide for sustainable salmon management.
In the next chapter, the committee provides general comments on the draft research and restoration plan. Chapter 3 examines the research framework and how it leads to a road map for a research program, priority setting, funding decisions, and related matters. Chapter 4 considers capacity building, which is described as very important in the draft research and restoration plan. Chapter 5 looks at specifics of the research plan, including the incorporation of local and traditional knowledge, independent peer review, collaboration with other organizations, leveraging of limited funds, and related matters. Chapter 6 summarizes the committee’s conclusions and recommendations.