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Alaska Subsistence Management

Number: 15.636
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
15.636 Alaska Subsistence Management
Federal Agency (030):
Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Authorization (040):
Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) of 1980, Title VIII, Public Law 96-487, 16 U.S.C. 3101-3233, Section 809. Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (16 U.S.C. 661 to 666).
Objectives (050):
To identify and provide information needed to sustain subsistence fisheries and wildlife management on Federal public lands, for rural Alaskans, through a multidisciplinary, collaborative program. Three programs are administered under ANILCA to fulfill this objective. The Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program (Monitoring Program) funds approximately 80 studies annually to provide information on stock status and trends, harvests, and traditional ecological knowledge to manage and regulate Federal subsistence fisheries. The Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program (Partners Program) strengthens Alaska Native and rural involvement in subsistence fisheries management and research. The program provides funds directly to Alaska Native and rural organizations to hire fishery biologists, social scientists, and educators to implement fisheries monitoring projects and rural internship programs. The Liaison and Staff Support Grant to the State of Alaska is directed specifically to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The grant defrays salary and travel expenses that occur in support of the coordination between State and Federal subsistence fish and wildlife programs.
Types of Assistance (060):
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Funds may be used for approved fish and wildlife subsistence management, fisheries monitoring and traditional ecological knowledge projects. 100%. Funds may be used for approved fish and wildlife subsistence management, fisheries monitoring and traditional ecological knowledge projects. For further information, please contact the regional office.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
An individual/family, profit organization, other private institution/organization, public nonprofit institution/organization; an officer, employee, agent, department or instrumentality of the Federal government, of the State of Alaska, municipality or political subdivision of the State of Alaska; Federally recognized Indian Tribal Government (including any Native village as defined in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act).
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
An individual/Family, profit organization, other private institution/organization, public nonprofit institution/organization; an officer, employee, agent, department, or instrumentality of the Federal government, of the State of Alaska, municipality or political subdivision of the State of Alaska, or of any foreign government.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact for more information on the process. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.". Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Applicant must complete the Standard Form (SF)-424, the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF-424A and SF-424B - Non-construction, Certifications Regarding Debarment, Suspension and Other Responsibility Matters, Drug-Free Workplace Requirements and Lobbying, and Certifications for Federal Assistance.
Award Procedure (093):
For the Monitoring Program, an inter-agency technical review committee evaluates proposals, and, for those selected for further consideration, subsequently the full investigation plans. The committee develops a draft monitoring program from the highest priority projects, based on their technical review and available funds. The draft monitoring plan is reviewed by ten regional advisory councils and the public. An inter-agency staff committee reviews all recommendations, and provides recommendations. The Federal Subsistence Board selects projects for the Monitoring Plan taking into account all recommendations and comments. Funding of the Monitoring Plan is administered by the Office of Subsistence Management (OSM).

For the Partners Program, an internal review is conducted to evaluate proposals and make recommendations for funding. The evaluations are based on the criteria outlined in the request for federal assistance. The proposals are ranked and the OSM Assistant Regional Director selects proposals that best support the program within available funding. Once a Monitoring Program project or Partners Program position is selected for funding, a funding instrument, i.e., notice of award, between Fish and Wildlife Service and the recipient is drafted by the OSM. The award is processed by OSM through the contracting office and sent to the recipient for signature. The award is considered executed when signed copies of the agreement are received from the recipient and the contracting office has obligated funds to the agreement. The awards are administered by OSM. For the Liaison and Staff Support Grant, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is the only non-Federal entity with management authority over fish and wildlife resources. This grant agreement is not open to competition outside the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
Deadlines (094):
Apr 04, 2013 Contact the regional office for application deadlines. Currently, the next Notice of Funding Availability for the Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program for submission of Investigation Plans should be posted to grants.gov near the end of 2014. Information can be found at http://www.doi.gov/subsistence/monitor/index.cfm.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
Federal Subsistence Board action on the Monitoring Plan is taken no later than January 20, with administrative follow-up by OSM taking place immediately thereafter. OSM decisions on Partners Program positions are announced within one year of the close of the Request for Proposals.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
Monitoring projects and positions may be approved for one to four years duration. Applicants may re-apply during subsequent Request for Proposals.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: There is no requirement for cost sharing, matching, or cost participation. However, applicants are encouraged to document matching contributions. Proposals with substantial cost sharing will be ranked higher than similar proposals with no identified cost sharing.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
For the Monitoring and Partners Programs, upon approval, the project may be extended or the agreement modified for a period not to exceed five years from initial award. Awarded funds must be spent during the approved Period of Performance of the award, and in accordance with financial and reporting procedures specified in the award. For the Liaison and Staff Support Grant, award is for one year. For the Monitoring and Partners Programs visit the website http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/fis.cfml. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are disbursed to recipients as requested and in accordance with the payment methods prescribed in 43 CFR Part 12, or as otherwise prescribed in program-specific legislation.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. Cash reports are not applicable. Recipients must submit a final performance report no later than 90 calendar days after the award end date. Recipients of awards with performance periods longer than 12 months will be required to submit interim reports. Program may require recipients to submit interim reports annually, semiannually, or quarterly. Program will detail all performance reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter. Interim and final Federal Financial Reports, SF-425 are required in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award. Recipients are responsible for monitoring and reporting performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 43 CFR Part 12.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records (113):
Records for cooperative agreements awarded to State and Local Governments will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart C, "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements to State and Local Governments." Records for cooperative agreements awarded to institutions of higher education and other nonprofit organizations will be maintained in accordance with the provisions of 43 CFR Part 12, Subpart F and 2 CFR, Part 215 "Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements With Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals, and Other Nonprofit Organizations.".
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 13 $4,441,000; FY 14 est $4,600,000; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available(Exp: Not provided) - Inclusive of funding for fisheries and wildlife programs.

Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary) : FY12 $4,215,000; FY13 $4,441,000; FY14 $4,600,000
Inclusive of funding for fisheries and wildlife programs.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Variable amounts. Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program: Awards range from $10,000 to $500,000 up to a 4-year period. Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program: Awards range from $30,000 to $600,000 over a 4-year period. Liaison and Staff Support Grant: Awards are approximately $420,000 annually.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: 28 awards. Fiscal Year 2014: 24 continuing awards; received 56 investigation plans for consideration, 40 have been recommended for funding. Final recommendation will be made during the Federal Subsistence Board meeting January 2014 for the Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program. Five continuing awards to tribal governments under the Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program. One continuing award for the State of Alaska, Department of Fish and Game for liaison support. Fiscal Year 2015: There is no information available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Cooperative agreements/project grants will be administered in conformance with the Fish and Wildlife Service Administrative Service Manual and 43 CFR 12; 2 CFR 215.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
See Regional Agency Offices. For the Fisheries Monitoring and Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Programs: Kathleen Orzechowski, Program Specialist, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 E Tudor Road, MS 121, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Telephone: (907)786-3645, E-mail: kathleen_orzechowski@fws.gov. For the Liaison and Staff Support Grant: Chuck Ardizzone, Wildlife Biologist, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 E Tudor Roadl, MS 121, Anchorage, AK 99503, Telephone: (907) 786-3871, E-mail: chuck_ardizzone@fws.gov.
Headquarters Office (152):
Karie Crow, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 E. Tudor Road, MS 121, Anchorage, Alaska 99503 Email: karie_crow@fws.gov Phone: (907) 786-3387.
Website Address (153):
http://alaska.fws.gov/asm/index.cfml.
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: FY2012 and 2013: Ex. 1 - 12-352 Upper Kuskokwim River Whitefish Climate Change Trends. This three-year project examines whitefish harvests within the broader context of non-salmon harvest efforts in two Kuskokwim River drainage communities, Lime Village and Nikolai. Given the importance of whitefish subsistence harvests in the upper Kuskokwim River, this research will attempt to determine why harvest levels for key species have declined over the past few decades.
Ex. 2 - 12-500 Copper River Chinook Salmon RFID Feasibility. This two-year project examines the feasibility of placing radio frequency identification readers into a Copper River tributary to monitor Chinook salmon escapement.
Ex. 3 - 12-207 Yukon River Bering Cisco Spawning Origins Telemetry. This three- year project would use radio telemetry to document the spawning locations and timing of Bering cisco in the Yukon River drainage. Fiscal Year 2014: New awards begin April 2014. Final recommendation from the Federal Subsistence Board in January 2014. An example as identified in the Information Needs document for the 2014 Funding Opportunity:
For the Northern Alaska Region, the 2014 Request for Proposals is focused on the following priority information needs:
• Baseline and ongoing harvest assessment and monitoring of subsistence fisheries in the Northwest Arctic and North Slope regions to supplement available information.
• Historic trends and variability in harvest locations, harvests, and uses of non-salmon fish, particularly for North Slope communities.
• Iñupiaq natural history of fish, land use, place name mapping, species distribution, and methods for and timing of harvests, and Iñupiaq taxonomy of nonsalmon fish species. Fiscal Year 2015: No current information available.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
For the Monitoring Program, each proposal is evaluated using the following four criteria: (1) Strategic Priorities: Studies must be responsive to identified issues and information needs. All projects must have a direct association to a Federal subsistence fishery, and either the subsistence fishery or fish stocks in question must occur in waters within or adjacent to Federal public lands; (2) Technical and Scientific Merit: Technical quality of the study design must meet accepted standards for information and collection, compilation, analysis, and reporting. Studies must have clear objectives, appropriate sampling design, correct analytical procedures, and specified progress and final reports; (3) Investigators Ability and Resources: Investigators and their organizations should have demonstrated technical and administrative expertise to complete prior studies, or have co-investigators or appropriate partnerships with other organizations to meet all requirements of the study; (4) Partnership-Capacity Building: Studies must include appropriate partners and contribute to building capacities of rural organizations, local communities, and residents to participate in fisheries resource management. Investigators and their organizations should be able to demonstrate the ability to maintain effective local relationships and a commitment to capacity building. For the Partners Program, each proposal is evaluated using the following equally weighted criteria: (1) Each project must have direct linkage to Monitoring Program projects; (2) Ability to successfully implement program identified under section IV, ii, Content and Form of Application, Describe the Program; (3) Strategic priority and past performance of the Monitoring Program projects identified in the proposal; (4) Letters of support from tribal and rural organizations, government agencies, project investigators, and schools/ universities; (5) Annual and total cost of the proposal, including use of in-kind or matching contributions that either decrease cost or expand support for implementing the Partners Program; (6) Past performance on implementing Monitoring Program projects; (7) Past performance on current or past agreements with the Office of Subsistence Management; (7) Previous experience in mentoring, training, and supervising personnel; and (8) Past and current accounting practices to ensure deliverables and accountability.

Each of these items carries a "Go/No-Go" impact: direct linkage of a Monitoring Program project, enrollment in CCR; affirming in writing in your application that you have enrolled in CCR; providing your DUNS Number; submission of completed SF-424, SF-424A, and SF-424B package; and submission of approved Indirect Cost Negotiation Agreement if requesting reimbursement for indirect costs. For the Liaison and Staff Support Grant, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is the only non-federal entity with management authority over fish and wildlife resources. This grant agreement is not open to competition outside the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.