Science Panel Recommendation: Fund Reduced
Science Panel Comments: The proposal provides important educational opportunities in spill affected communities and is important for restoring injured resources. This is an ongoing program and we recommend continued funding. However, the panel was concerned regarding the lack of linkages between the youth area watch program and EVOS scientists or programs. While this may not be the fault of the Kodiak YAW program, these linkages should be fostered. Also, the panel felt that there had not been adequate review of results from previously funded projects. While the panel understands the concerns regarding budgeting based on a single year’s funding, they recommend that the project be funded for one additional year, and that future funding be contingent on a thorough review of past project performance.
Science Director Recommendation: Fund Reduced
Science Director Comments: Educational opportunities in the communities are an important way for the TC to promote awareness, understanding and participation in restoration activities of injured resources and services. Thus, the TC should continue funding projects of this type. However, it is also necessary to evaluate the priorities, goals and direction of such programs after they have been in operation for several years to ensure they are in alignment with TC restoration goals. This project should be funded for the upcoming fiscal year and during that time, a review and assessment of the program should be conducted between the YAW directors and the Executive Director of EVOS TC office. This review should summarize past performance of the program, but should focus on future direction of YAW and the integration of EVOS science/restoration projects and the YAW program.
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Executive Director Comments: This youth area watch proposal addresses my concerns for native village youth-elder participation but lack projects. The projects are workshops, training, elder interviews… The proposal states if opportunists research project occurs, then the effort will be made to coordinate interactions. I believe this and the Salaski-youth area watch proposal have both become to expecting of Trustee Council funding.
I believe both efforts should be combined and specific youth-oriented restoration-related projects be proposed. Until then, I do not recommend funding for either proposal.
This proposal does focus on the youth within select spill-area communities. Again, I sense the activities have become routine. One of the other components is nearshore monitoring and the results of this activity are not linked to restoration.
The specifics are lacking and from the proposal text, it is clear the respective PI's (Schneider and Salaski) worked together and should have linked their efforts more directly. Both should be linked at a minimum with subsistence proposals--ongoing and proposed.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)