Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: Fund
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: The proposal is recommended for funding. The harlequin duck is an injured species of special concern due to evidence of continuing exposure to oil contamination resulting from the 1989 spill. Its status as an injured species is based in part on trends in abundance in oiled and unoiled areas, which this proposal will address. The proposal would continue a valuable time series of abundance that would minimize the equivocal nature of various harlequin duck data sets relative to population status and recovery. The additional surveys over time can both increase power to detect change and extend the value of time post-spill series for understanding status of the injured species. The project is highly cost effective, has well respected investigators, and should result in valuable information. Given the specific sampling requirements to properly survey harlequin ducks, it seems appropriate that a specific survey is required above, and complementary to, the more general marine bird survey proposed by Irons. The STAC points out that it strongly supports projects such as this one that are aimed at demonstrating statistically that they are no longer necessary.
Science Director Recommendation: Fund
Science Director Comments: Concur with the STAC recommendation.
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: Fund
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: Concur with the STAC recommendation.
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: Concur with the STAC recommendation.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)