Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: Documenting the recovery of murres in the Barren Islands is a key part of understanding the long-term effects of the oil spill. In addition, study of murres in the Barren Islands provides key data for testing hypotheses in the Seabird-Forage Fish (APEX) program. I do not believe that it is essential that we monitor murre colonies elsewhere in the Gulf of Alaska at this time. Thus, I recommend funding a full population census of Barren Island murres to supplement the APEX (96163) work in the Barren Islands.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: (Not Available)
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: Rather than start a multi-year commitment to monitoring common murre populations at a series of Gulf of Alaska colonies, current efforts will be focused on the Barren Islands. Population censuses at the Barren Islands will be very helpful in terms of the APEX study, as well as to track murre recovery at this critical group colonies.