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. 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.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Fish and Wildlife Service
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: The program received 58 applications and issued 30 awards with 6 continuing awards. Fiscal Year 2015: Non funding year. Fiscal Year 2016: The program anticipates receiving 60 applications and issuing 35 awards.
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).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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 Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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 Certifications for Federal Assistance, Certification Regarding Lobbying and
SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities
Award Procedure
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.
Apr 04, 2014 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 near the end of 2014. Information can be found at
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Federal Subsistence Board action on the Monitoring Plan is taken no later than January 23, 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.
Not Applicable.
Monitoring projects and positions may be approved for one to four years duration. Applicants may re-apply during subsequent Request for Proposals.
How are proposals selected?
For the Monitoring Program, each proposal is evaluated using the following five 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 and; cost benefits. (5) Applicant’s cost/price proposal will be evaluated for reasonableness. For a price to be reasonable, it must represent a price to the government that a prudent person would pay when consideration is given to prices in the market. Normally, price reasonableness is established through adequate price completion, but may also be determined through cost and price analysis techniques.

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.
How may assistance be used?
Funds may be used for approved fish and wildlife subsistence management, fisheries monitoring and traditional ecological knowledge projects.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
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 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.".
Other 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. For the Monitoring and Partners Programs visit the website 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. 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.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. See Regional Agency Offices. For the Fisheries Monitoring and Partners for Fisheries Monitoring Programs: Durand Tyler, Budget Analyst, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 E Tudor Road, MS 121, Anchorage, Alaska 99503. Telephone: (907)786-3886
Headquarters Office
Karie Crow, Office of Subsistence Management, 1011 E. Tudor Road, MS 121, Anchorage, Alaska 99503 Email: Phone: (907) 786-3387.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $4,600,000; FY 15 est $4,728,233; and FY 16 est $3,850,970 - Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants): FY14 $4,600,000; FY15 Est $4,728,233; and FY16 Est $3,850,970
FY15 and FY16 estimates Inclusive of funding for fisheries and wildlife programs.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
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.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
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.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Project Number: 14-208. Koyukuk River summer chum salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) stocks makeup one of the largest contributors to the Yukon River summer chum population, yet accurate information on their overall abundance and distribution is severely lacking.
The proposed project will use radio telemetry to estimate the proportional distribution of chum salmon throughout the tributaries of the Koyukuk River (middle Yukon River Drainage). Fiscal Year 2015: FY15: Project number: 14-252. Whitefish resources are a critical subsistence resource and an emerging commercial one; however, the management of these species is not well informed regarding stock status, harvest levels, or critical life history variables given the paucity of research on these species.
Objectives: Document local knowledge related to traditional and contemporary patterns of subsistence whitefish harvests in Alakanuk, Nunam Iqua, Saint Marys, and Kotlik, including:
a. species utilized and local names used with introductory nomenclature analysis
b. fish ecology, including information about habitat, spawning and seasonal
c. contemporary and traditional methods and timing of harvest
d. contemporary and traditional methods of preparation and preservation
e. spatial mapping of harvest areas and other significant habitats by species and
f. traditional management practices and the effects on fish populations
g. fish-related place-names
e. relative abundance and population trends.

1. Estimate subsistence harvest levels and percentages of households using, harvesting, giving away, and receiving resident freshwater fish species (nonsalmon) for the calendar years 2014 and 2015 by species and season for the communities of Alakanuk, Kotlik, Nunam Iqua, Saint Marys, Pilot Station, and Marshall in the lower Yukon River. Harvest data set will also include basic demographic information, households’ assessment of harvests and use compared to recent years, and questions tracking the harvest, processing, and sharing networks present within and between communities.

2.Explore Indexing method of estimating annual community subsistence harvests of whitefish species in the lower Yukon River area. Appropriate statistical tests will be applied to collected variables to identify significant factors in whitefish harvests. Further exploration will occur using multiple regression to identify more complex relationships in collected data, and inform the development of adjustment factors to the mean of the index community. Fiscal Year 2016: Continuing project 14-103 Fisheries managers have long recognized the importance of Dolly Varden to subsistence users on the North Slope. The number of Dolly Varden harvested for subsistence purposes is largely undocumented in northern Alaska, but it is known that residents of villages in this region rely heavily upon this fish species.

Objectives: The objectives of this proposed project are:
1. Describe baseline ecological information about Dolly Varden tagged in the lagoons near Kaktovik, Alaska, including:
a. Timing of outmigration to the Beaufort Sea
b. Summer dispersal
c. Temporal and spatial distribution
d. Depth and temperature occupancy
2. Describe temporal and spatial distribution in relation to areas where human activities such as shipping and hydrocarbon extraction are taking place to provide information to the public, biological resource managers and marine gas and oil resource managers to better understand potential interactions among Dolly Varden and human activities in the Beaufort Sea.


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