I guess I'm looking for a discussion on this, guessing that there is not going to be a cut and dried answer. Specifically, in this instance, a study that we have contracted for to investigate methods to prevent the loss of Salmon Fish Nets by fisherman. More typically we contract for studies on the impact of various things (dams, farming, etc) on watersheds and marine life, or methods to return Endangered Species Act populations to healthy levels.
I'm looking for some feedback on this topic. Specifically, the type of research that I contract for is scientific and does not involve the development of a physical end product. Rather, it develops a set of scientific data upon which Biological Opinions are then based, and may include recommendations for that Opinion. Appreciate any thoughts you might have.