Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund Reduced
Chief Scientist Comments: A decision on funding for this project had been deferred until December pending the results of a pilot effort (conducted with non-EVOS funds) to use subcutaneous radio tags on murres. I have reviewed an interim report on the 1997 pilot study and a revised Detailed Project Description for the FY 98 work. Although the subcutaneous radio tags were successfully used on murres this past summer, the principal investigators concluded that the cost and effort involved did not warrant pursuing this approach. The investigators have reformulated the proposal to emphasize use of conventional leg bands, which I think provide a feasible, cost-effective way to obtain important data on adult survival as a means of gaining insights into the population-level effects of food availability. This is a dimension that is missing from the current APEX program, which emphasizes the effects of food on annual productivity, and the APEX project will benefit from the work proposed here. I do not think it is essential to fund the proposed use of conventional, external radio transmitters to supplement the banding data. Otherwise, I recommend funding this project as requested.
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 excludes purchase of radio transmitters. This project was deferred until December pending completion of an FY 97 pilot study using subcutaneous radio tags as a means of obtaining data on adult survival of murres and kittiwakes. Although the subcutaneous tags were successfully used, the researchers concluded that the cost and effort did not warrant using this approach, and the Detailed Project Description has been revised to emphasize use of conventional leg bands. The project will explore adult overwinter survival as one mechanism by which forage fish availability may be affecting the recovery of seabirds, and will complement the work on chick production and forage fish being performed under APEX (Project /163).
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)