Return to Proposal Finder FY 2001 Ongoing Proposal 199702400

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Section 1. General Administrative information
Section 2. Past accomplishments
Section 3. Relationships to other projects
Section 4. Budgets for planning/design phase
Section 5. Budgets for construction/implementation phase
Section 6. Budgets for operations/maintenance phase
Section 7. Budgets for monitoring/evaluation phase
Section 8. Budget Summary

Reviews and Recommendations
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Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Avian Predation on Juvenile Salmonids in the Lower Columbia River
BPA Project Proposal Number 199702400
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Oregon State University/Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission/Real Time Research
Business acronym (if appropriate) OSU/CRITFC/RTR
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Dr. Daniel D. Roby
Mailing Address OCFWRU, 104 Nash Hall, Oregon State University
City, State, Zip Corvallis, OR 97331-3803
Phone 5417371955
Fax 5417373590
E-mail robyd@ucs.orst.edu
 
Manager of program authorizing this project Dr. Daniel D. Roby
 
Review Cycle FY 2001 Ongoing
Province Columbia River Estuary
Subbasin Mainstem Columbia
 
Short Description Monitor and evaluate the efficacy of management initiatives to reduce predation by colonial waterbirds on juvenile salmonids in the lower Columbia River. Assist resource managers in the development of a long-term avian predation management plan.
Target Species


Project Location

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Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)

Sponsor-Reported Relevant RPAs

Sponsor listed no RPAs for this project proposal

Relevant RPAs based upon NMFS & BPA Review

NMFS and BPA did not associate any reasonable and prudent alternatives with this project proposal


Biological Outcomes of this project: Data collected as part of this project will be used to develop, justify, evaluate, and improve management plans implemented to reduce the impacts of piscivorous waterbirds on juvenile salmonids in the lower Columbia River. The means to reach the long term goal of reducing conflicts between Caspian terns and at-risk Columbia Basin salmonid populations is to disperse the Caspian tern breeding colony at Rice Island into a number of smaller colonies over a wide geographical area, where the impacts of terns on any one fishery would be minimized. This multi-year plan is based on the premise that the most feasible option for controlling where terns forage and what they feed on is to control the availability of suitable nesting habitat. We will work with resource managers to help implement, monitor, and evaluate this long term plan.
Biological Data: Data will be collected on population size, diet composition, metabolic rates, foraging range, habitat utilization, and productivity of piscivorous waterbird populations posing a risk to juvenile salmonid survival in the lower Columbia River. Comparisons will be made between different nesting colonies and among years to evaluate the effectiveness of management initiatives implemented to reduce the impacts of fish-eating birds on smolt survival. These data have been collected in previous years and are available in the 1997 and 1998 Annual Reports, and in the 1999 Interim Report.


CBFWA-Generated Information

Database Administrator notes on the history of this proposal form: None
Type of Project (assigned by CBFWA Analysts): anadromous


Section 2. Past Accomplishments

Year Accomplishment
1996 Identify the locations and population size of major piscivorous waterbird colonies on the lower Columbia River.
1996 Recover PIT tags from the Rice Island Caspian tern colony in the Columbia River Estuary.
1997 Determine the population size and trajectory of nine major piscivorous waterbird colonies on the lower Columbia River.
1997 Determine the diet composition of nine major piscivorous waterbird colonies on the lower Columbia River.
1997 Recover PIT tags from the Rice Island Caspian tern colony in the Columbia River Estuary.
1997 Use a bioenergetics approach to estimate the total number of juvenile salmonids consumed by the Rice Island Caspian tern colony.
1998 Verify and replicate estimates of predation on juvenile salmonids by Caspian terns nesting on Rice Island.
1998 Use a bioenergetics approach to estimate the total number of juvenile salmonids consumed by double-crested cormorants. nesting in the Columbia River Estuary.
1998 Collect information on the distribution, foraging range, and habitat utilization of Caspian terns in the Columbia River Estuary.
1998 Monitor selected upriver piscivorous waterbird colonies to determine changes in population size and diet composition.
1998 Test the feasibility of social attraction methods to relocate the Caspian tern colony to a new nesting location as a means to reduce their impact on survival of juvenile salmonids.
1998 Recover PIT tags at the Rice Island tern and cormorant colonies and the Crescent Island Caspian tern colony.
1999 Test the feasibility of methods to deter tern nesting on Rice Island.
1999 Implement methods to encourage nesting (i.e., habitat modifications and social attraction) by Caspian terns at East Sand Island.
1999 Test hypothesis that terns can be relocated from an established colony site to a newly restored colony site using these methods (see above).
1999 Test hypothesis that terns nesting in closer proximity to marine habitats (i.e., lower estuary) would consume fewer juvenile salmonids than terns nesting further upriver (i.e., upper estuary).
1999 Test hypothesis that you can control where terns forage by controlling where they nest.
1999 Test hypothesis that tern productivity would be similar or better at the newly restored colony site on East Sand Island as compared to the established colony site on Rice Island.
1999 Verify estimates of predation on juvenile salmonids by double-crested cormorants nesting in the Columbia River Estuary.
1999 Monitor selected upriver piscivorous waterbird colonies to determine changes in population size and diet composition.


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

n/a or no information


Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Development of avian predation management plans a. Provide technical assistance to Avian Predation Working Group 3 years $ 32,800 x


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Planning and Design Phase

FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$ 45,000 $ 50,000 $ 40,000


Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Measure impacts of unmanaged piscivorous waterbird colonies on the survival of juvenile salmonids a. Conduct surveys to estimate size and productivity of unmanaged piscivorous waterbird colonies. 2 years $ 57,600 x
b. Determine diet composition on smolt consumption rates of unmanaged piscivorous waterbirds. 2 years $ 49,200 x
c. Assess foraging distribution, foraging range, and habitat use of unmanaged piscivorous waterbirds. 2 years $ 82,200 x
d. Test the feasibility of management alternatives to reduce predation by piscivorous waterbirds. 2 years $ 44,000 x


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Construction and Implementation Phase

FY 2003 FY 2002
$200,000 $225,000


Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Measure impacts of managed and unmanaged piscivorous waterbird colonies on the survival of juvenile salmonids. a. Conduct surveys to estimate size and productivity of piscivorous waterbird colonies. 3 years $ 28,500 x
b. Determine diet composition on smolt consumption rates of piscivorous waterbirds. 3 years $ 28,500 x
c. Assess foraging distribution, foraging range, and habitat use of piscivorous waterbirds. 3 years $ 28,500 x
d. Test the feasibility of management alternatives to reduce predation by piscivorous waterbirds. 3 years $ 28,500 x


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Operations and Maintenance Phase

FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$114,000 $114,000 $114,000


Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Implement, monitor, and evaluate management initiatives implemented to reduce avian predation on juvenile salmonids. a. Provide technical and other assistance to managers implementing management initiatives. 3 years $ 53,100 x
b. Conduct surveys to assess changes in size and productivity of managed piscivorous waterbird colonies. 3 years $ 66,500 x
c. Determine changes in diet composition and smolt consumption rates of managed piscivorous waterbirds. 3 years $ 53,000 x
d. Assess changes in foraging distribution, foraging range, and habitat use of managed piscivorous waterbirds. 3 years $ 89,600 x


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

n/a or no information


Outyear Budgets for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$250,000 $250,000 $250,000


Section 8. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2001 Cost
Personnel FTE: 0.5 (note: Dan Roby's salary costs covered by OCFWRU) $ 12,000
Fringe $ 2,400
Travel $ 500
Indirect $ 4,800
Subcontractor CRITFC and RTR $ 8,600
Other Services and Tuition $ 4,500
Personnel FTE: 3.33 $ 59,800
Fringe $ 12,000
Supplies $ 15,850
Travel $ 7,250
Indirect $ 33,600
Capital Telemetry receiving stations $ 13,100
Subcontractor CRITFC and RTR $ 61,100
Other Services and Tuition $ 30,300
Personnel FTE: 0.5 $ 12,000
Fringe $ 2,400
Supplies $ 12,900
Travel $ 6,700
Indirect $ 19,200
Subcontractor CRITFC and RTR $ 29,800
Other Services and Tuition $ 31,000
Personnel FTE: 2.83 $ 56,100
Fringe $ 11,200
Supplies $ 52,700
Travel $ 10,800
Indirect $ 38,300
Subcontractor CRITFC and RTR $ 68,600
Other Services and Tuition $ 24,500
Total Itemized Budget $642,000


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2001 project cost $642,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2001 budget request $642,000
FY 2001 forecast from 2000 $550,000
% change from forecast 16.7%


Reason for change in estimated budget

The FY2001 budget forecast (in the FY2000 proposal) was based on the assumption that we would be successful in both preventing all tern nesting on Rice Island, and the successful establishment of a new tern colony outside the Columbia River Estuary in 2000. These management objectives were not met because of a lawsuit filed to prevent hazing of birds on Rice Island and our failure to get permission from Washington Department of Natural Resources to attract terns to Cate Island, Grays Harbor (due to local political opposition to the plan). We intend to attempt to accomplish these same management objectives in 2001.


Reason for change in scope

We have not changed the scope of the proposal for 2001, as compared to the proposal submitted for 2000.


Cost Sharing

Not applicable
 

Outyear Budget Totals

2002 2003 2004
Planning and design $ 40,000 $ 45,000 $ 50,000
Construction/implementation $225,000 $200,000 $ 0
Operations and maintenance $114,000 $114,000 $114,000
Monitoring and evaluation $250,000 $250,000 $250,000
Total Outyear Budgets $629,000 $609,000 $414,000
 

Other Budget Explanation

Not applicable


Reviews and Recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Ongoing Funding: yes; New Funding: no
Date:
Jul 14, 2000
2001
$642,000
Comment:
The MainSys SRT questions the budget request. The implication is that specific objectives and tasks will not be completed in FY 2000, yet no indication of anticipated carry forward has been made in the proposal. The SRT is also concerned that the court injunction may have serious impacts on the possible scope of work for this project in the future.

The FY2001 budget forecast (in the FY 2000 proposal) was based on the assumption that we would be successful in both preventing all tern nesting on Rice Island, and the successful establishment of a new tern colony outside the Columbia River Estuary in 2000. These management objectives were not met because of a lawsuit filed to prevent hazing of birds on Rice Island and our failure to get permission from Washington Department of Natural Resources to attract terns to Cate Island, Grays Harbor (due to local political opposition to the plan). We intend to attempt to accomplish these same management objectives in 2001.

We have not changed the scope of the proposal for 2001, as compared to the proposal submitted for 2000.


NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Sep 13, 2000
2001
$642,000
Comment:

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$250,000
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$470,000
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$470,000
Sponsor (OSU - Contract Administration) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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