Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: This project will review and recommend improvements to protocols and strategies for surveying harbor seal population trends and abundances. The results could significantly improve the long-term monitoring program that is now being developed by the Trustee Council (GEM or Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring). In order to ensure that harbor seal population data in the northern Gulf of Alaska is collected in the most efficient manner and is comparable through the range of the species, periodic review of progress will be required. Every effort should be made to standardize population survey methods among responsible agencies.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: Fund revised proposal, which describes the methodology for achieving the objectives of the proposed study and includes participation by a representative of the Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission in this project. It is likely that long-term monitoring of harbor seals will be a feature of GEM (Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring, the Trustee Council's long-term research and monitoring program, currently under development). This project could significantly improve the methodology and cost-effectiveness of the current survey approach.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)