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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 proposal includes some ongoing components and some new components for FY 01. The continuation of the vital harlequin duck work, including both the field and Alaska SeaLife Center components, is justified. The increase in the harlequin principal investigator's time is also well justified. Given the important work on population dynamics derived from collection of sea otter carcasses, the shoreline carcass survey is well justified. Since the sea otter population is unlikely to show a large change in FY 01, the aerial population surveys are a lower priority and should not be funded in FY 01. The measurement of biomarkers of oil exposure in sea otter field surveys needs to be carried out as this is the primary indicator of continuing oil exposure. Experimental dosing of sea otters with oil does not appear justified at this point in the restoration program. A report on the sea urchin component should be prepared as planned in FY 01. Fund revised proposal, which incorporates the above recommendations.

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 deletes the captive sea otter component and the sea otter aerial survey component. Funding for sea otter aerial surveys may be considered for FY 02. No funding for FY 03 is being considered at this time. This project is an important extension of the Nearshore Vertebrate Predator project (Project /025) work on two still-injured species, sea otters and harlequin ducks. In FY 01, an objective related to sea otter survival/ CYP1A induction is added and the sea urchin component will conclude with preparation of a final report. [NOTE: Funding includes Alaska SeaLife Center bench fees of $133,900 (plus $9,400 in GA for a total of $141,300).]

Trustee Council Decision: Fund

Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)