An Independent Science Panel Established by Congress to Review Washington's Hatcheries

Hatchery Reform conferenceThe Hatchery Scientific Review Group (HSRG) is the independent scientific panel established and funded by Congress to provide an autonomous and credible evaluation of hatchery reform as part of the Puget Sound and Coastal Washington Hatchery Reform Project. The objective of the HSRG is to assemble, organize, and apply the best available scientific information and to provide guidance to the policymakers and technical staff who are implementing hatchery reform.

The HSRG is composed of independent scientists (selected from a pool of candidates nominated by the American Fisheries Society) and agency scientists designated by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC), NOAA Fisheries, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Like the independent scientists, the agency scientists are responsible for evaluating scientific merits and are not to represent agency policies. The scientists serving on the HSRG have a broad range of experience. Their scientific disciplines include biology, genetics, ecology, fisheries, fish culture, fish pathology, biometrics, and other disciplines.

The Members of the HSRG:

  • John Barr, NWIFC (HSRG Vice Chair)
  • Lee Blankenship, Northwest Marine Technology (HSRG Vice Chair)
  • Donald Campton, Ph.D., USFWS
  • Trevor Evelyn, Ph.D., Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (retired)
  • Conrad Mahnken, Ph.D., NOAA Fisheries, Manchester Research Station (retired)
  • Lars Mobrand, Ph.D., Mobrand Biometrics (HSRG Chair)
  • Lisa Seeb, Ph.D., Alaska Department of Fish and Game
  • Paul Seidel, WDFW
  • William Smoker, Ph.D., University of Alaska
  • Thomas Flagg, NOAA Fisheries (alternate)
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