Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: This project is developing a valuable long-term dataset regarding recovery status of injured species, and the statistical power to detect trends in these highly variable datasets should be reached with FY 96 data. The out-year budgets seem excessive, and any future commitments must be considered annually. Fund at level of revised request, which includes $15,000 for additional statistical analyses. The additional $15,000 should be approved with the stipulation that results of this work be published in the open, peer-reviewed scientific literature.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: Fund, including $15,000 for the services of a statistician to assist in preparation of marine bird damage assessment information for publication in the peer-reviewed literature. Funding also includes preparation of a final report (including 1 month to conduct regression analysis) and two other manuscripts (# 4 and #6 in the proposal) on marine bird abundance. The abundance surveys provide basic information on the status and recovery of seabirds (and sea otters) in Prince William Sound and should now be adequate to detect trends in seabird populations. The need for future surveys should be determined after review of the final report.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)