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 third year of a three-year pilot project, and in many respects it seems to be a model of how subsistence hunters and the research community can cooperate. There are questions about how many samples are needed and whether harbor seal researchers are making use of the samples collected to date or that will be collected in FY 98. A thorough review of the results of the pilot project is essential before any decisions are made regarding continuation of the program beyond FY 98.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: Fund final year of this three-year pilot project, including funds for preparation of a final report by September 30, 1998. This project is serving as a prototype for a long-term sampling program that would involve Native hunters in the management of harbor seals. In the near term, this project is enabling Native hunters to provide harbor seal samples to ongoing EVOS projects which seek to explain why harbor seals are not recovering.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)