Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: This ongoing project is a key component of the Trustee Council's efforts to maintain and enhance the involvement of local communities in the restoration program, and it is expected that this project will coordinate the input of local communities in planning for GEM (Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring, the Trustee Council's long-term research and monitoring program). The involvement of Dr. Cooney (the lead scientist on SEA, Project /320) as a consultant on the project is a positive development, as he can effectively represent the communities' interests in the scientific planning process. The principal investigators should continue to improve and expand efforts to document accomplishments and measure success, so that a comprehensive and meaningful final report can be developed.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: (Not Available)
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: Fund revised proposal, which shifts the emphasis from the original community involvement and facilitation objectives to the new objectives regarding providing technical assistance to the five pilot communities (Tatitlek, Port Graham, Nanwalek, Ouzinkie, Cordova/Eyak) to participate in the development of GEM (Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring, the Trustee Council's long-term research and monitoring program) and to further develop their natural resource programs and stewardship capacity. This project was originally designed to facilitate communication among the Trustee Council, scientists, and residents of the spill area in regard to the restoration effort. It is appropriate, as the Council's efforts shift from restoration to long-term monitoring, that this project also shift its emphasis.