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 prepare a final report and manuscript integrating results from previous Barren Islands surveys with FY 99 data. Common murres were heavily impacted by the oil spill, and the work at the Barren Islands over the last decade has been essential to understanding injury to and recovery of this species. This study should be closed out, including publication of a manuscript in a peer reviewed journal.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: This project will conclude in FY 00 with production of a final report on the FY 99 census of common murres on the Barren Islands and a manuscript on post-spill trends in murre population numbers. The FY 97 census of murres on the Barren Islands provided convincing evidence that their populations were increasing. The final report on the FY 99 census and comparison of results with earlier studies will help determine if common murres have fully recovered from the effects of the oil spill.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)