Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: This has been a highly successful program for involving the subsistence community in research on a valuable resource. The scientific community has benefited from obtaining samples of harbor seal tissues that were otherwise unavailable. A large number of projects have used samples from this activity in the past and there appears to be a use for samples currently being archived and which may be analyzed in the future. Fund revised proposal, which updates information on sample collection to date, the sample database, and efforts to integrate the EVOS biosampling program with other activities statewide.
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund Contingent
Executive Director Comments: Fund revised proposal, which updates information on the number and distribution of samples collected, the sample database, and activities undertaken to integrate the EVOS biosampling program with efforts underway statewide. This project will continue the Alaska Native Harbor Seal Commission's biological sample collection program for harbor seals in the spill area. This multi-year project has successfully provided samples to harbor seal researchers. FY 02 was expected to be the final year of Council support, but this might be the type of community effort that is appropriate under GEM.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)