February 6, 2015
Biennial Report Now Available!
The North Pacific Research Board’s (NPRB) newest publication, the 2013-2014 Biennial Report, was released mid-January—just in time for the 2015 Alaska Marine Science Symposium (AMSS). This report complements the breadth of marine science summarized with high quality imagery, design, and infographics, making it a resource for scientists, resource managers, policy makers, and the interested public. It is an excellent tool to better understand the level of involvement NPRB has supported in marine science over the past two years.
NPRB supports several programmatic areas including Integrated Ecosystem Research Programs (IERPs), a Request for Proposal (RFP) process known as the Annual Research Program, a Long-term Monitoring Program (LTM), and Graduate Student Research Awards (GSRA). The Biennial Report summarizes the funded research in each of these programs as they relate to different topic areas such as: oceanography, fish habitats, fishes and invertebrates, marine mammals, seabirds, humans, local traditional knowledge (LTK), and more. Within each topic area, NPRB has highlighted one research project as a spotlight feature which provides greater detail about that specific project, much like a behind-the-scenes look at the science.
The report also summarizes the Board and Science Panel meetings, communication and outreach initiatives such as the Alaska Marine Science Symposium, and several performance metrics.
From 2013-2014, over 116 peer-reviewed publications have been produced based on NPRB supported research. During the same reporting period, 517 applicants submitted proposals to the Annual Research Program resulting in 46 funded projects. Each proposal undergoes a rigorous, technical review process which, in total, required 600 independent peer-reviewers and 380 science panel reviews. Since 2002, NPRB has funded 350 projects totaling $57.8 million through its Annual Research Program. Factoring in the IERPs, LTM, GSRA, and Annual Research Program, NPRB has provided just over $84 million to important marine research off Alaska. Looking toward the future, “[NPRB] is poised to continue contributing between $4 and $5 million each year [to the Annual Program],” according to Denby Lloyd, Executive Director at NPRB.