October 26, 2014
At its recent board meeting, the BBRSDA board made the decision not to utilize its usual Call for Proposals process. As BBRSDA matures as an organization and seeks to invest in projects that specifically support its Five-year Strategic Plan, 2013–2018, it will utilize the expertise within its committees to seek projects that meet identified information gaps and take advantage of strategic opportunities. This process does not preclude stakeholders from engaging in the committee and board processes that identify and evaluate potential projects, however. Stakeholder input and assistance is welcomed and encouraged.
In recent years, the board has funded a number of very important research projects that will be continued over several years. These include the multi-year ADF&G project enabling 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, and new for 2015, the University of Washington study in the Nushagak River that will help determine the quantity, quality, and distribution of habitat for salmon spawning and rearing.
The BBRSDA board is committed to continuing to fund a number of annual legacy projects that members find valuable, such as KDLG’s Fisheries Report, Port Moller Test Fishery support, the McDowell Spring Market Report, and a portion of the ice barges.