Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund Contingent
Chief Scientist Comments: This project will sustain monitoring of killer whales that has been ongoing since the spill. The AB pod has shown a net gain in individuals since 1994 when it reached its lowest level, but its recovery, as well as the status of the AT1 pod, continues to be of concern. The hydrophone at the Alaska SeaLife Center is a worthwhile educational undertaking. Fund, but funding should be contingent on delivery of the four manuscripts promised in FY 98 and FY 99 (critical habitats, genetic isolation, effective population sizes, and niche partitioning).
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund Contingent
Executive Director Comments: Fund revised proposal, which deletes the genetics and call comparison components, contingent on submittal of the four manuscripts promised for FY 98 and FY 99, as outlined in the Chief Scientist's recommendation. Future funding will depend on review of the FY 00 results and progress on publishing manuscripts. This project is providing valuable information about the long-term effects of the oil spill on resident and transient pods of killer whales in Prince William Sound.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)