Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: This is a well received proposal for work on two species of sharks that appear to be of growing ecological importance in Prince William Sound. It is well integrated with other efforts in fisheries research. However, there is little ongoing ecological work to provide a larger context for the study results, rapid movements in tag technology will make the work more useful at a later time, and more time is needed to determine whether sharks should be a component of GEM (Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring, the Council's long-term research and monitoring program that is currently under development).
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Defer
Executive Director Comments: Defer decision on funding this project until a revised Detailed Project Description and budget are submitted and approved. The revised Detailed Project Description should focus on the predation role of sharks relative to other top-level predators in the Prince William Sound ecosystem, in particular the question of competition for prey, and should address the methodology questions raised by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The budget should not exceed the $86.0 originally proposed. Sharks appear to be of growing ecological importance in the sound.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)