Science Panel Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Science Panel Comments: The proposal provides for the extension of an important long-term data set that is critical to the evaluation of recovery of injured bird resources. However, the survey work is costly and previously presented power analyses have suggested that surveys conducted at a frequency of once every three years may be sufficient to detect reasonable levels of change in seabird abundance. Thus, the panel felt that annual surveys as proposed are not warranted, and that postponing the start of less-frequently conducted potential future surveys would not be of great issue. The panel also found that methods and justification with respect to synthesis and modeling objectives were not sufficiently detailed or developed. The panel suggests that the proposal be reduced in scope (i.e. less frequent survey intervals, possible reduced modeling effort) and submitted for consideration in future funding cycles.
Science Director Recommendation: Not Reviewed
Science Director Comments: The Science Director is on a long-term detail from the FWS and must therefore, recuse herself from making recommendations on FWS proposals. The PI on this proposal is employed by the FWS.
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Fund
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: (Not Available)
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)