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October 7, 2019

NPRB Increases Funds for Arctic IERP Synthesis, Commits to Future IERP, and Seeks Funding Partners

The North Pacific Research Board decided at its Fall 2019 meeting to increase the funding allocated to the synthesis phase of the Arctic Integrated Ecosystem Research Program (IERP) from $1 M to $1.4 M. At the same time, it broadened the intended scope of the synthesis to include a pre-assessment phase for a new IERP that would continue integrated work in the Bering and Chukchi centered in, but not limited to, the Northern Bering Sea. The Board’s decision stated:

“The Board wishes to augment by $400,000 the $1,000,000 already set aside for the Arctic IERP synthesis to not only leverage the IERP’s data and insights for new analyses in the Arctic, but also serve as a pre-assessment phase for a new IERP that would continue integrated work in the Bering and Chukchi centered in the Northern Bering Sea. Items of interest include how shifts in environmental conditions and processes may influence species of commercial, ecological and subsistence importance, and implications for state and federal fisheries management and communities that depend on these resources. These dedicated funds, and this express commitment by the NPRB Board to fund a future IERP, will be used by staff to leverage additional financial and other support from potential partners.”

NPRB is actively seeking partners to co-fund the Arctic IERP synthesis and the future IERP. NPRB anticipates releasing a call for proposals for the synthesis in fall 2021 and initiating the synthesis project that will inform the design of the future IERP in 2022.

Those interested in discussing partnership should contact Danielle Dickson, Senior Program Manager/Chief Officer for Collaboration and Synthesis (Danielle.Dickson@nprb.org; +1-907-644-6716).

For more information visit the Integrated Ecosystem Research Program here.

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