Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: The sand lance is a poorly understood species which is a key prey for marine birds and marine mammals. Having more basic knowledge about its life history and ecology is essential to interpreting the prospects for recovery of several injured species. This work involves a quality graduate student and is rather inexpensive. The work is well coordinated with APEX and is highly commended by the reviewers.
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Public Advisory Group (PAG) Comments: (Not Available)
Executive Director Recommendation: Fund
Executive Director Comments: This project will study sand lance, an important forage fish in the Gulf of Alaska. Sand lance populations have been in decline in recent years and should be studied in order to understand marine ecosystems as they may affect injured seabirds and marine mammals.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)