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Proposal 200706000: Lake Pend Oreille Invasive Fish

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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 13, 2006 Finalized Melo Maiolie
DB Administrator's Note [Changed Contact from Tom Bassista to Melo Maiolie per request due to staffing changes. DBA - 6/29/2006]

Proposal Type: New
Proposal Number: 200706000
Proposal Name: Lake Pend Oreille Invasive Fish
Agency, Institution or Organization: Idaho Department of Fish & Game
Short Description: Overall Project Goal: To insure that the recovery of native species (bull trout and westslope cutthroat trout) and sport-fish (kokanee) in Lake Pend Oreille is not jeopardized by the recent establishment of smallmouth bass and walleyes.
Information Transfer: Results of the study will be written into 2 Master's theses, kept on file at the appropriate university library. Peer-reviewed publications may be submitted where appropriate, based on project findings. Annual reports will also be submitted to BPA as required by contract. A presentation on each projects results will be made at an American Fisheries Society Meeting.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Melo Maiolie Idaho Department of Fish & Game P.O. Box 806
Bayview ID 83803
Ph: 208.683.9218
Fax: 208.683.3054
Email: mmaiolie@adelphia.net
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Melo Maiolie Idaho Department of Fish & Game P.O. Box 806
Bayview ID 83803
Ph: 208.683.9218
Fax: 208.683.3054
Email: mmaiolie@adelphia.net
Project Lead

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Intermountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Pend Oreille ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
48.1823 -116.3302 [none] The project assessment area is in the Clark Fork and Pend Oreille Rivers in Idaho and all of Lake Pend Oreille. Bonner, Idaho Pend Oreille No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Bull Trout
Kokanee
Westslope Cutthroat
Smallmouth Bass
Walleye

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project This proposal is for funding a new project, and has no past accomplishments.

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 [no entry] 200703800- Preserving/Enhancing Bull Trout and Westslope Cutthroat Trout within the Upper Pend Oreille Basin. Both projects have similar goals of preserving native fish in the upper Pend Oreille area. One looks into the genetic aspects of preservation, the othe into the threats from exotic species. Both could use the same facility and could share manpower and equipment.
BPA 199404700 Lake Pend Oreille Fishery Recovery Project The Lake Pend Oreille Fishery Recovery Project addresses the impacts of the federal hydropower system on kokanee and the effects to bull trout and rainbow trout in Lake Pend Oreille. The Lake Pend Oreille Invasive Fish project will directly benefit the recovery efforts being implemented and help determine if additional limiting factors (predation and competition from nonnative predators) are jeopardizing recovery efforts. These two projects will share office space and field equipment to help keep project cost down.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Minimize impacts of walleyes and smallmouth bass By 2009 understand the negative impacts (i.e. location, timing, and extent) to bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, and sport fish caused by smallmouth bass and walleyes, and make recommendations to minimize these impacts. Intermountain Province Level Objective 1C3 and strategy e and f under Subbasin Objective 1C1 of the Pend Oreille Subbasin Plan. 18-11,18-12

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Produce Inventory or Assessment Assess seasonal diets of smallmouth bass and walleyes in Lake Pend Oreille. Smallmouth bass and walleyes will be collected during spring, summer, and fall using electrofishing and gillnetting. Particular emphasis will be placed on sampling between May and July near the mouths of Trestle Creek, Pack River, Granite Creek, Gold and North Gold Creeks because these are key tributary locations that contain emigrating bull trout, cutthroat trout, and kokanee (Trestle Creek and Granite Creek only). Additional sampling will also be done along the south shore of Scenic Bay between May and July when kokanee fry are emerging. Gut contents will be analyzed to identify prey items. Methods similar to those found in Vidergar (2000) will be used to evaluate changes or similarities in smallmouth bass diets identified in 1997 and 1998 from Lake Pend Oreille. Vidergar (2000) found that smallmouth bass (n=337) mostly consumed (73%) non-salmonid fish; however 18% of what they consumed was unidentified larval fish. 3/1/2007 2/28/2009 $137,900
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Inventory or Assessment Determine the relative abundance of smallmouth bass and walleyes in key areas of Lake Pend Oreille. The relative abundance of smallmouth bass and walleyes will be determined by nighttime electrofishing and gillnetting. An effort will be made to pick up all sizes and species of fish. Electrofishing will be done with a 6 m Smith-Root SR-20EH electrofishing boat with boom-mounted anodes that is currently on the Lake Pend Oreille Fishery Recovery Project. Sampling will be conducted at key areas for native fish such as tributary mouths and the Clark Fork River delta. Sampling will also focus on areas important to kokanee such as spawning shoreline spawning sites. Gillnetting will also be used at important sites to capture fish too deep for the electrofishing gear. All fish will be measured to the nearest mm and selected game fish will also be weighed. We will retain representative samples of fish for aging using otoliths and scales (10 fish per10 mm size groups). The relative abundance of smallmouth bass and walleyes will be evaluated to determine key locations for future control efforts. 3/1/2007 2/28/2009 $140,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

10: Produce Plan Make recommendations on methods to minimize the impacts of smallmouth bass and walleyes on focal species. If concentrations of smallmouth bass or walleyes are found at a specific location, and diet analysis shows the presence of focal species, then, recommendations will be made on how to focus control methods to the specific area. Catch rates and stomach contents will be recorded as a baseline for future comparison. For example, if a concentration of walleyes were documented at a certain stream mouth, one recommendation could be to use large-mesh gillnets during May to July to collect walleyes but avoid capturing small salmonids (< 150 mm). Recommendation will be made as to how, when, and where, control methods would be most effective. 3/1/2008 2/28/2009 $10,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

12: Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation NEPA Compliance of Project Tasks which involve bull trout will be discussed with BPA to assist them in producing an Environmental Compliance Report 3/1/2007 2/28/2010 $100
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Overhead Overhead @ 20% $24,000 $24,000 $ 0
Other Subcontract with University for 2 graduate level studies. $120,000 $120,000 $ 0
Personnel No hours needed. $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
Supplies All will be included in subcontract with University. $ 0 $ 0 $ 0
Totals $144,000 $144,000 $ 0

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$288,000
Total Work Element budget$288,000

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
Idaho Fish and Game Volunteer help $1,500 $1,500 $ 0 In-Kind Confirmed
Totals $1,500 $1,500 $ 0

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$ 0 $ 0 Project ends in 2008 with no outyear money needed.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Depending on project findings, Idaho Fish and Game will use the information from these projects in control efforts that may include regulation changes, netting, or other efforts to control these species. Findings may also serve as the basis for future proposals in 2009.
 
Termination Date Comments
FY 2009 Funding is requested for 2 years, so no funds would be needed in 2009.
 
Final Deliverables
Theses, annual reports and presentations (if requested) will be given to BPA that include recommendations of methods to minimize impacts of smallmouth bass and walleyes on native and focal species.

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
No changes were made to this proposal


BPA's in lieu Funding Review of new project proposals (August 3, 2006) [Download letter and table]

BPA's in lieu Rating: 3.0
Approx. BPA share of total costs: BPA 100%
Status of Cost Share:
Notes: Invasive fish evaluation/management, Idaho DFG authorized/required


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: Tier 2

Local or MSRT Comments: No change to proposed budget.


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

Recommendation: Not fundable
Comments: The response is minimal. The proposal is inadequate and not justified. The ISRP maintains its preliminary recommendation of "Not fundable."

ISRP comments (June 2006): The presence of walleye and smallmouth bass can hardly be anything but detrimental to co-occurring native salmonids. The fact that this conclusion is publicly voiced by IDFG in an article on the situation in the Coeur d'Alene newspaper (CDA Press, 12 April 2006), but not in the proposal, leads the ISRP to question the thoroughness of this proposal. It is clear that three years of study are not needed to assess the situation. Immediate management action to suppress walleye and bass is appropriate if not already too late.


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

Recommendation: Not fundable
Comments: The presence of walleye and smallmouth bass can hardly be anything but detrimental to co-occurring native salmonids. The fact that this conclusion is publicly voiced by IDFG in an article on the situation in the Coeur d'Alene newspaper (CDA Press, 12 April 2006), but not in the proposal, leads the ISRP to question the thoroughness of this proposal. It is clear that three years of study are not needed to assess the situation. Immediate management action to suppress walleye and bass is appropriate if not already too late.

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