Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: The original proposal was not viewed as a priority for funding, but corticosterone data that became available this summer from experimental and pilot studies in lower Cook Inlet indicates that blood concentrations of corticosterone in both murres and black-legged kittiwakes can reflect food stress. It may be possible, therefore, to estimate food stress in seabird colonies in future studies of the northern Gulf of Alaska. The possible cost efficiencies over establishing long-term field camps to track food availability in nesting seabirds are potentially very significant.
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 Alaska SeaLife Center component in FY 99. This project will explore the use of corticosterone, a biochemical indicator of stress, as a tool to monitor seabird populations. This project will supplement data on food limitations being gathered in the APEX project (/163) and may lead to development of an effective and efficient monitoring technique.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)