Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Recommendation: (Not Available)
Scientific & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) Comments: (Not Available)
Chief Scientist Recommendation: Fund
Chief Scientist Comments: Residents of rural villages in the spill area have repeatedly expressed concern that the Trustee Council is not sponsoring studies on waterfowl important to subsistence users. This is a rather expensive proposal, but it addresses a valuable subsistence resource, scoters, and has the potential to provide important data linking breeding and wintering locations that can contribute to long-term conservation. There is an excellent community involvement element, including an education component for school children.
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 the life history and ecology of surf scoters in Prince William Sound (and perhaps lower Cook Inlet in future years) 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 and welfare of the population. Concerns over the declining number of surf scoters were raised by subsistence users at the 1997 EVOS Annual Workshop. 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. Traditional ecological knowledge will be integrated into the project (working with the TEK Specialist under Project /052B) and Youth Area Watch students (Project /210) will be asked to participate in the capturing and monitoring of the scoters.
Trustee Council Decision: Fund
Trustee Council Comments: (Not Available)