Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Comments: Funding additional work on black oystercatchers in FY 99 was contingent on evaluating a preliminary report on the status of this species from field studies in FY 98 (Project 98289). I have reviewed the preliminary report, which generally indicates that spill-related effects found previous to 1991 are not now evident, there is no avoidance of oiled areas, and the population and nesting effort of oystercatchers is either stable or increasing in the spill area. Pending completion and review of the final report, it does not appear necessary to fund a second year of studies on this shorebird. However, a small amount of additional funds may be necessary in FY 99 to properly close out this project.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: Fund project closeout (preparation of final report and manuscript, and presentation at 10 Years After symposium). The preliminary results of the FY 98 study (Project 98289) indicate that spill-related effects are not now evident and that population and nesting effort is either stable or increasing in the spill area. Therefore, it does not appear necessary to fund additional studies on the black oystercatcher at this time.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)