The Sea Duck Joint Venture relies on two planning documents to determine science priorities. The Strategic Plan sets overall direction and strategy for a 5-year time frame. The Implementation Plan has a 3-year time frame and is revised annually based on new knowledge gained through studies, as well as changing priorities, and mandates.
Please see Competitive Grants, below, for information about the Sea Duck Joint Venture’s Funding Opportunities.
In brief, the priorities of the SDJV over the next three-year period are to: 1) work to complete the migration and habitat use study of the three species of scoters as well as Long-tailed Ducks in the Atlantic and Great Lakes region; 2) continue to develop survey techniques for effective monitoring, and 3) develop a focused plan for the general research program that will facilitate decision-making by conservation managers. Research and monitoring will focus on 6 populations of sea ducks:
American Common Eider (Somateria mollissima dresseri)
Black Scoter – Eastern (Melanitta americana)
Black Scoter – Western (Melanitta americana)
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
In some years, the Sea Duck Joint Venture provides funding opportunities to support sea duck research and monitoring. The Funding Opportunity for FY2017 opened on July 8, 2016 and closed September 26, 2016. Due to multi-year funding commitments, there will be no Funding Opportunity for FY2018.