Alaska Subsistence Management

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.

Two programs are administered under ANILCA to fulfill this objective.

The Fisheries Resource
Monitoring Program (Monitoring Program) funds approximately 40 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 with the intent of increasing the organizations ability to participate in Federal Subsistence Management.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Project 16-302 Salmon River of the Pitka Fork Weir.

Funds under this award are used to operate a weir on the Salmon River of the Pitka Fork in the Kuskokwim River basin to index Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) escapement into the headwaters of the Kuskokwim River, upriver from McGrath.

Fiscal Year 2018: Project 16-351 Middle Kuskokwim River In-season Subsistence Salmon Harvest Monitoring and Estimation.

Funds under this award are used to provide an index of relative abundance of salmon in a stretch of the middle Kuskokwim River, and further, investigate the feasibility of estimating the in-season Chinook Salmon harvest.

Fiscal Year 2019: Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program for Orutsararmiut Native Council.

Funds under this award are used to strengthen Alaska Native and rural involvement in Federal Subsistence fisheries management and research.

Enhance capacity building and integration of rural communities and Alaska Native organizations into subsistence resource management within the Kuskokwim River region.


Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

See Regional Agency Offices.

See Regional Agency Offices.

For the Fisheries Monitoring and Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Programs: Michelle St.

Peters, Grants Management Specialist, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 E Tudor Road, MS 121, Anchorage, Alaska 99503.

Telephone: (907)786-3691 Email: michelle_stpeters@fws.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
State Of Alaska, Dept. Of Fish And Game $ 626,577   2008-06-022013-05-31
Alaska Department Of Fish And Game $ 338,664   2008-04-072013-05-31
Kawerak Inc. $ 168,962   2010-04-012013-04-30
Yukon Rivers Drainage Fisheries Association $ 209,000   2008-07-152012-05-31
Alaska Department Of Fish & Game $ 376,049   2008-04-012012-03-31
State Of Alaska, Department Of Fish And Game $ 115,728   2007-04-012012-03-31
Fish And Game, Alaska Department Of-$ 49,321   2011-03-012012-02-29
Alaska Department Of Fish And Game $ 93,392   2008-04-012011-12-31
Kuskokwim Native Association $ 75,000   2010-01-012011-12-31
Bristol Bay Native Association $ 149,641   2010-01-012011-12-31



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: No new awards, 42 continuing projects. Fiscal Year 2018: 25 continuing projects and anticipate funding 18 new awards from the 53 applications received from Funding Opportunity Number F17AS00028. Fiscal Year 2019: No new awards. Approximately 25 continuing projects.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used for approved fisheries subsistence management, fisheries monitoring, and traditional ecological knowledge projects.

30% of funding is discretionary.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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

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

. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

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.' 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

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Applicants must submit the Standard Form (SF)-424, the appropriate Budget and Assurances forms (SF-424A and SF-424B - Non-construction), Project Narrative/Investigation Plan, Budget Justification, Negotiated Indirect Cost Rate Agreement, Conflict of Interest Disclosures, Certification Regarding Lobbying, and SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities.

Award Procedures

For the Monitoring Program, an inter-agency technical review committee evaluates proposal. The committee develops a draft monitoring program from the highest priority projects, based on their technical review and available funding. The draft monitoring plan is reviewed by ten regional advisory councils and the public. An inter-agency staff committee reviews all comments, and provides recommendations. The Federal Subsistence Board selects projects for the Monitoring Plan taking into account all comments and recommendations. Funding of the Monitoring Plan is administered by the Office of Subsistence Management (OSM). For the Partners Program, an external review committee is formed 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, based on available funding, the highest ranking proposals are funded by OSM approximately 3 months after the NOFO closing date. Funding of the Partners Program is administered by OSM. 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 OSM and processed through the contracting office. The award is considered executed when signed copies of the agreement are sent to the recipient and the contracting office obligates the funds.

Deadlines

Feb 19, 2019: Monitoring Program. November 15, 2018 for the Partners Program and February 19, 2019 for the Monitoring Program.

Authorization

Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. 3119 and 3122; and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, 16 U.S.C. 661 to 666.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Currently, the next Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Program will be posted August 2018, remain open for 90 days and close November 15, 2018. Information can be found at http://www.doi.gov/subsistence/partners. OSM?s decisions on Partners Program positions are announced within 3 months of the closing of the NOFO. The next NOFO for the Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program will be posted November 21, 2018, remain open for 90 days and close February 19, 2019. Information can be found at http://www.doi.gov/subsistence/frmp. Federal Subsistence Board action on the Monitoring Plan is taken at the 2020 winter meeting, with administrative follow-up by OSM taking place immediately thereafter.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Monitoring projects and positions may be approved for one to four years duration. Applicants may re-apply during subsequent Request for Proposals.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

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

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. Program obligates funds and sends a notice of award to successful applicants. Recipients request funds in accordance with 2 CFR 200, Subpart E-Cost Principles, unless otherwise dictated by program-specific legislation or special award terms. Program will include any special payment terms and conditions in the notice of award. 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

Reports

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.

Recipients must report expenditures using the SF 425, Federal Financial Report form.

Recipients must submit a final 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 financial reporting requirements, including frequency and due dates, in the notice of award letter.

Recipients are responsible for monitoring performance for each award and sub-award under this program in accordance with 2 CFR 200.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.

Records

Recipients will maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200. Program-specific legislation/regulation may dictate additional records retention requirements. Program will detail all non-standard records retention requirements in the notice of award.

Financial Information

Account Identification

14-1611-0-1-302.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 17 $3,565,180; FY 18 est $2,867,223; and FY 19 est $2,961,124 - COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS (Discretionary Grants): FY17 $3,565,180; FY18 $2,867,223; FY19 $2,961,124. FY18 and FY19 amount are estimates based on prior year funding levels.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Variable amounts. Monitoring Program: Awards range from $60,000 to $860,000 for up to a 4-year project period. Partners Program: Awards range from $120,000 to $680,000 over a 4- year period.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Cooperative agreements/project grants will be administered in conformance with the Fish and Wildlife Service Administrative Service Manual and 2 CFR 200; 2 CFR 215.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. For the Fisheries Monitoring and Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Programs: Michelle St. Peters, Grants Management Specialist, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 E Tudor Road, MS 121, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Telephone: (907)786-3691 Email: michelle_stpeters@fws.gov.

Headquarters Office

Karie Crow, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 E. Tudor Road, MS 121, Anchorage, Alaska 99503 Email: karie_crow@fws.gov Phone: (907) 786-3387.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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