PRIORITIES 2015–2017 Priorities set out in this Implementation Plan are designed to help meet the SDJV mission,
which is to “...promote the conservation of all North American sea ducks through partnerships by providing greater
knowledge and understanding for effective management.”
The 2014-2018strategic plan reflects a significant shift in focus for the SDJV, from a broad-based science program
to a more focused program intended to provide information most needed by managers to make informed
decisions. The strategic plan identifies the SDJV’s highest priorities as:
1) estimate parameters needed to manage and ensure sustainability of sea duck harvest,
2) better understand habitat use and needs, and
3) ensure that the SDJV maximizes learning from research thathas already been done.
The plan also prioritizes among species; the highest priority species are surf scoter, black scoter, white-winged scoter,
long-tailed duck, and American common eider.