Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: This is the second year of a three-year project to document breeding areas of Prince William Sound scoters, which are important to subsistence users. In FY 98, the principal investigator outfitted a sample of scoters with transmitters. He also has worked hard and closely with community residents, which is to be commended.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund Contingent
Executive Director Comments: Fund revised proposal, which eliminates objectives related to the Barrow's goldeneye. The principal investigator is to be commended for working closely with community residents on this project. For FY 99, the investigator will pursue hiring local residents as field assistants. This project is studying the life history and ecology of surf scoters (in Prince William Sound in FY 98; sites in lower Cook Inlet will be added in FY 99) as the first step in determining the cause of their suspected population decline and developing conservation and management strategies to ensure the long-term health of the population. Surf scoters are not on the injured species list. However, the Trustee Council's Restoration Plan allows restoration actions to address resources not on the list if the action will benefit an injured resource or service; this project would benefit the service of subsistence.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)