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 was funded for FY 00 based on a limited set of objectives and further funding was to be based on successful review of progress in FY 00. Significant progress was made toward understanding salmon sharks and their role in the Prince William Sound ecosystem. Effort in FY 01 should be directed toward: (a) use of satellite tags to track seasonal movements of salmon sharks, determining a relative abundance index, (b) estimating diet and consumption rates over the annual cycle, (c) examining existing data from a variety of sources to determine if there has been an increase in abundance over the last 25 years, and (d) estimating the proportion of the population caught by a survey. The revised Detailed Project Description addresses these objectives. Fund for one additional year only.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund Contingent
Executive Director Comments: Fund revised Detailed Project Description, which addresses the Chief Scientist's recommendations and includes oversight of the project by the Auke Bay Lab. The proposer should seek funds from other sources for continuing this project in FY 02 and beyond. The numbers of sharks observed in Prince William Sound have been increasing in recent years.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)