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Funding Recommendations

Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)

Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)

Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund

Chief Scientist Comments: This is the fourth year of a complex project with field monitoring and laboratory dosing experiments at the Alaska SeaLife Center. The goals of this project are basically sound and the information that will be obtained valuable to the needs of the Trustee Council and to those trying to understand sea otters, ducks, and the nearshore ecosystem. The new objective to examine interannual variability in growth rates of clams is not compelling and should not be funded. Since the Council makes no commitment to fund beyond FY 02 as the restoration program transitions to GEM, sea otter field work should conclude in FY 02. There may be some justification for another year of harlequin duck field work in FY 03; that determination will be made following a review of harlequin duck recovery status in 2002--FY 03 would be another year of field work on harlequins or the closeout year, depending on the results of that review. Fund revised proposal, which addresses the above concerns.

Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)

Public Advisory Committee (PAC) Comments: (Not Available)

Executive Director Recommendation: Fund

Executive Director Comments: Fund revised Detailed Project Description, which deletes the new objective related to growth rate of clams. The sea otter component will be closed out in FY 03. The harlequin duck component will be continued or closed out in FY 03; this determination will be made following a review of harlequin recovery status in Spring 2002. The project is an important extension of the Nearshore Vertebrate Predator project (Project /025) work on two still-injured species, sea otters and harlequin ducks. [Note: Funding includes $128,700 for Alaska SeaLife Center bench fees.]

Trustee Council Decision: Fund

Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)