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Proposal 199502800: Piscivorous Avian Resource Utilization of Moses Lake and the Relationship to Other Systems

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Table of Contents
Part 1. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative
Section 2: Project Location
Section 3: Project Species
Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Section 5: Relationship to Other Projects
Section 6: Biological Objectives
Section 7: Work Elements
Section 8: Budget
Section 9: Project Future
Section 10: Documents
Part 2. Reviews
Part 1 of 2. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative Information
Process Information:
Date Proposal Submitted & Finalized Status Form Generator
July 14, 2006 Finalized Dave Burgess

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199502800
Proposal Name: Piscivorous Avian Resource Utilization of Moses Lake and the Relationship to Other Systems
BPA Project Manager: Gregory Baesler
Agency, Institution or Organization: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Short Description: Recent findings lead us to believe predatory birds may be impacting the resident fishery of lakes within the Columbia Basin including Moses Lake and potentially anadromous fishes within the Mainstem Columbia.
Information Transfer: Annual reports will be completed every year at the end of the contract period to present results and inform BPA of project status. Annual reports will also present data, analysis and recommendations should they be required. Annual Reports will be available on line or by request.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Dave Burgess Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife 5981 Vantage Hwy suite 100
Ellensburg WA 98926
Ph: 509.925-1025
Fax:
Email: burgedsb@dfw.wa.gov
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Dave Burgess Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife 5981 Vantage Hwy suite 100
Ellensburg WA 98926
Ph: 509.925-1025
Fax:
Email: burgedsb@dfw.wa.gov
Project Lead
Jeff Korth
Ph:
Fax:
Email: korthjwk@dfw.wa.gov
Interested Party
Matt Polacek Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife 5981 Vantage Hwy. Suite 100
Ellensburg, WA 98926
Ph: 509.925.1025
Fax: ..
Email: polacmcp@dfw.wa.gov
Project Lead
Katrina Simmons WDFW 5981 Vantage Hwy suite 100
Ellensburg WA 98926
Ph: (509) 925-1025
Fax: [fax left blank]
Email: simmokes@dwf.wa.gov
Form Submitter

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Columbia Plateau ARG Province: Columbia Plateau
Sponsor Subbasin: Crab ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
47.1358 -119.3486 [none] Moses Lake, Washington. Secondary location will be dictated by bird migrations. Grant, Washington Crab Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
All Wildlife
Primary species. Avian predors; Specifically common mergansers and double-crested cormorants and impacts on resident fishe and anadromous fishes of the Columbia Basin.

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 Diet analysis. FAST modeling of walleye population (55,000 > 400mm) and creel survey suggested low harvest. Proposed regulation change to WDFW to 12 inch min. 8 fish limit. Data from ML used to also change regs at Sprague and Potholes Reservoir.
2004 Analysis suggest winter-bottleneck. Sampled predators during winter months to increase sample size. Expanded entrainment efforts to both Moses Lake outlets. Preliminary analysis suggest high rates of non-native fishes from Moses Lake. Continue analysis
2003 Begain intensive tissue, data and bioenergetics analysis. Began entrainment surveys, carp telemetry and continued previous tasks. Produced limited annual progress report. Anticipated Completion report with significant analysis and findings 3/1/06
2002 Began tasks from newly accepted council proposal. Tasks included: predator, population estimate, continued diet analysis, invertebrate collections and analysis, creel survey, shoreline sampling, water quality monitoring. Limited annual progress report.
2001 Continued to collect diet data and conduct analysis. Additional 20K awarded for advisor. Contracted Dr. David Bennett and assisted him with proposal re-write. Completed previously unfinished Annual reports with limited analysis.
2000 ISRP issued a do not fund as the proposal was lacking. Went through proper channels to re-apply for funding. NWPPC recommendation was to hire and Advisor. 50 K Extension granted. Continued to collect pertinent data. Prelim. analysis: winter mortality
1999 This was the first year of data collections. We were able to perform basic analysis and produce standard indicies that helped direct our objectives. Submitted Scope of Work for continuation.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
BPA 199700400 Resident Fish Above Chief Joe Waters from above the blocked area is flows into Moses Lake.
BPA 199702400 Avian Predation On Juvenile Sa The new focus of the Moses Lake project will be to investigate the relationship between basin waters and avian predators. Are these same birds migrating between resident fish waters and waters containing anadromous fishes?
BPA 200102800 Banks Lake Fishery Evaluation Water from Banks Lake enters Moses Lake via Crab Creek. Entrainment fish is high from Banks Lake which may influence the fish assemblage in Moses Lake.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Project administration and reporting This will include the administrative duties required with such a project as well as applying for required permits. Annual reports will be produced for public and internal consumption. None This objetive is required prior to implementing the other objective, quantify impacts of avian predators. [Pg no blank]
Quantify impacts of avain predators We will collect data pertinent regarding the relationship between avian predators and both resident and anadromous fishes within the Columbia Basin. This will be accomplished with sat. telemetry studies, as well as food habits analysis. Lower Middle Columbia Simply listed as Predation. We will be able to address avian predation issues in Moses Lake. There may be a direct relationship, or comparisons may be available regarding diet preference and consumption rates. 341
Quantify impacts of avian predators We will collect data pertinent regarding the relationship between avian predators and both resident and anadromous fishes within the Columbia Basin. This will be accomplished with sat. telemetry studies, as well as food habits analysis. Crab Hyp. 1 Obj. 1.This area has a large mixed fishery. Data from this project will help implement predator exclusion zones to increase fish production. 177

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation Obtain necessary sampling and collection permits. We currently have a migratory bird permit to collect 30 double crested cormorants. We will renew this permit and apply for additional permits to conduct the sampling we have proposed. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $18,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Project administration and reporting
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Additional administrative duties. This task will include the day-to-day operations associated with project personnel, agency policy, purchases, additional inter- and intra-agency exercises and budget monitoring. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Project administration and reporting
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Pices reporting Complete and enter status reports into BPA’s data base Pisces, regarding project schedules and contractual obligations being met. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Project administration and reporting
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Quarterly reports Annual reports will be completed every year at the end of the contract period to present results and inform BPA of project status. Annual reports will also present data, analysis and recommendations should they be required. This will also be the appropriate time to request budget modifications or changes within the work plan. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Project administration and reporting
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Stakeholder presentations As a state agency receiving federal monies it is our obligation to not only inform WDFW and BPA of our results but also the many concerned stakeholders that have personal and professional interests in our project. Consequently, some time will be spent presenting our information in public forums. These presentations will include the data and results contained within our annual reports. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $5,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Project administration and reporting
* # of general public reached: Annual Public Meeting

Produce Annual Report Draft and Final Annual Reports to BPA Annual reports will be completed every year at the end of the contract period to present results and inform BPA of project status. Annual reports will also present data, analysis and recommendations should they be required. This will also be the appropriate time to request budget modifications or changes within the work plan. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $300,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Project administration and reporting
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Compare stable isotope data (predicted) to the stomach contents of avian predators. Compare prdicted (SIA) to observed (diet analysis) isotope signatures using an isotope mixing model. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $36,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Quantify impacts of avian predators
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Conduct stable isotope analysis of avian predators Using tissue samples collected during stomach content analysis, we will determine the isotope signature of avian predators. A trophic web will be created using previously collected isotope data as well as newly collected data. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $71,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Quantify impacts of avain predators
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Enumerate significant avian predators utilizing Moses Monthly, low level (< 500’) aerial waterfowl counts will be conducted on Moses Lake during 2006. Aerial surveys will be performed by one member of the Moses Lake project as well as an experienced WDFW waterfowl biologist to accurately count the total number of birds occupying Moses Lake. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Quantify impacts of avain predators
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Quantify stomach contents and consumption rates of avian predators Using lethal methods we will collect stomach contents form avian predators on Moses Lake. This data will then be used to determine consuption rates. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $300,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Quantify impacts of avain predators
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Use satellite telemetry to track avian predators Using relatively new technology we will track avian predators that have been captured on Moses Lake to determine their resource utilizations associated with temporal and spatial parameters. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $24,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
Quantify impacts of avain predators
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel [blank] $121,000 $121,000 $121,000
Fringe Benefits [blank] $42,000 $42,000 $42,000
Supplies [blank] $15,000 $15,000 $15,000
Travel [blank] $10,000 $10,000 $10,000
Capital Equipment [blank] $60,000 $60,000 $60,000
Overhead [blank] $50,000 $50,000 $50,000
Totals $298,000 $298,000 $298,000

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$894,000
Total Work Element budget$894,000

Cost sharing
Funding Source or Organization Item or Service Provided FY 2007 Est Value ($) FY 2008 Est Value ($) FY 2009 Est Value ($) Cash or in-kind? Status
WDFW Primary fish collections on Moses Lake $20,000 $20,000 $20,000 In-Kind Under Review
WDFW Conduct water fowl counts 4 months of the year $10,000 $10,000 $10,000 In-Kind Under Development
Totals $30,000 $30,000 $30,000

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$ 0 $ 0 There are two phases to this project. The implementation of phase 2 will depend on results and recommendations from phase 1.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
The goal for the continuation of the Moses Lake Project is to assess the impacts of avian predators on the resident fishery within Moses Lake and the possible connectivity to other systems where native ESUs may potentially be impacted. Application of collected data and analysis. This phase will be implemented should avian predators appear to be deleteriously impacting resident and anadromous fishes.
 
Termination Date Comments
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date
Fix-it Loop Documents
Documents Originally Submitted with this Proposal

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
Location:
Province: Columbia Plateau
Subbasin: No Change
Primary Focal Species
All
ARG Comments: [none]


NPCC Final Funding Recommendations (October 23, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Do Not Fund
NPCC Comments:


NPCC Draft Funding Recommendations (September 15, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
NPCC Comments:
NPCC Staff Comments: No subbasin plan

Local or MSRT Comments: See Washington guidance


Independent Scientific Review Panel Final Review (August 31, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Not fundable
Comments: In the response, the project sponsor has not sufficiently altered the proposal or addressed the core concerns in the ISRP's assessment with sufficient detail to warrant a re-evaluation or change in recommendation. This is still an essentially new research project with a different focus than the previous fishery studies at Moses Lake. The proposed project will look at the effects of avian predation on Moses Lake and how these predators may travel and utilize the resources of the mainstem Columbia River. Although quantifying bird predation on salmonids is suggested in the Lower Columbia River Subbasin plan, it is neither part of the history of this project nor a part of the Crab Creek Subbasin plan. Existing data and activities already taking place by WDFW indicate that avian predators are known to be a problem in Moses Lake. It is not clear that determining the relative importance of juvenile salmon and other fishes in the diets of the avian predators utilizing Moses Lake is necessary prior to implementation of avian predator control activities.

The ISRP's preliminary comments from June 1, 2006:

This is, in reality, a new project. The proposal uses an ongoing project number but is essentially new. The title is new, and the work proposed was never mentioned in the original scope of work.

This proposal is inadequate in several respects and does provide confidence that this would be a successful project. There is an inadequate match to subbasin objectives. The literature review is fairly restricted and does not make a convincing case for avian control. Numerous relevant studies were not referenced: for example, Antolos, M., Roby, D. D., Lyons, D. E.; Collis, K.,Evans, A.F. Hawbecker, M., and B.A.Ryan.2005 Caspian tern predation on juvenile salmonids in the mid-Columbia River Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 134:466-480.

The presence of mergansers and cormorants is indicative that forage fish are available and being consumed. A useful estimate of consumption would be generated quickly based upon a few metrics from the literature. The important issues involve the determination of (1) are "too many" fish being consumed, and (2) if so, what could be done that is effective and acceptable to the community. The proposal does not satisfactorily describe possible courses of action needed to deal with either of these issues.


Independent Scientific Review Panel Preliminary Review (June 2, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Not fundable
Comments: This is, in reality, a new project. The proposal uses an ongoing project number but is essentially new. The title is new, and the work proposed was never mentioned in the original scope of work.

This proposal is inadequate in several respects and does provide confidence that this would be a successful project. There is an inadequate match to subbasin objectives. The literature review is fairly restricted and does not make a convincing case for avian control. Numerous relevant studies were not referenced: for example, Antolos, M., Roby, D. D., Lyons, D. E.; Collis, K.,Evans, A.F. Hawbecker, M., and B.A.Ryan.2005 Caspian tern predation on juvenile salmonids in the mid-Columbia River Transactions of the American Fisheries Society. 134:466-480.

The presence of mergansers and cormorants is indicative that forage fish are available and being consumed. A useful estimate of consumption would be generated quickly based upon a few metrics from the literature. The important issues involve the determination of (1) are "too many" fish being consumed, and (2) if so, what could be done that is effective and acceptable to the community. The proposal does not satisfactorily describe possible courses of action needed to deal with either of these issues.

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