The purpose of this RFP is to seek support from qualified statisticians to assist with 1) ongoing stock assessment analysis of the Lake Roosevelt FWIN Burbot data set, and 2) investigations into biotic and abiotic factors responsible for recruitment variability in the Lake Roosevelt Burbot population.
Posted Date: May 7, 2014
Closing Date: May 28, 2014
Proposal Opening Date: May 30, 2014
Nespelem Office Address:
Fish and Wildlife Department
PO Box 150
Nespelem, WA 99155
Contact: Jason McLellan at (509) 209-2418 Office or (509) 263-1082 Cell
The Lake Roosevelt Burbot Population Assessment Project is an ongoing Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) funded mitigation project currently funded through 2017. The CCT intends to award contracts for assistance with the status and trends monitoring described above on an approximately annual basis beginning in 2014. Contract renewal subsequent to 2014 will depend upon the availability of funding and the willingness of both parties to enter into a new contract. The scope of work developed in response to this RFP will apply to the 2014 contract. Prior to the execution of each new contract, CCT project staff and the contractor will develop a revised scope of work and budget.
The date of start of work will be agreed upon between the Contractor and the Contracting Officer Technical Representative prior to initiation of work. A signed contract must be in place prior to the initiation of any work. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2014.
SCOPE OF WORK
Conduct statistical analysis of Lake Roosevelt burbot stock assessment data collected during the annual Lake Roosevelt Fall Walleye Index Netting (FWIN). Eleven years (2003-2013) of FWIN survey data will be provided for the analysis. The project has three primary objectives: 1) evaluate annual trends in stock assessment indices, 2) evaluate abiotic and biotic factors influencing recruitment, and 3) calculate the power of all statistical tests. The stock assessment indices to be evaluated include:
- relative and indexed abundance based on catch rates (C/f) and proportion of positive catch (Ep),
- annual mortality,
- indexed recruitment,
- population size and age structure,
- body condition based on length and weight information, and
- sex ratios and reproductive development.
The recruitment analysis should explore relationships between mean age 2 Burbot C/f in FWIN gill nets and the abiotic and biotic conditions in the year of birth for each year class. Abiotic variables will include, at a minimum, hydrologic conditions (reservoir inflow, reservoir outflow, and elevation), water temperature, and turbidity. Biotic variables will include, at a minimum, zooplankton (Cladocera, Copepoda, and Rotifera depending on availability) density and biomass. Data for each variable evaluated will be acquired from accessible Lake Roosevelt and Arrow Lakes (British Columbia) data sets. The Arrow Lakes support a robust population of Burbot that may be contributing to the population in Lake Roosevelt.
The contractor will produce and submit to the CCT a technical report in the Bonneville Power Administration’s technical report format. A draft report shall be delivered to the CCT project manager by December 31 of each contract year. The CCT will provide review comments and edits within four weeks of receiving the draft report. The contract will submit a final report to the CCT project manager on or before the final day of the contract (approximately four weeks post receiving CCT comments/edits).
INDIAN PREFERENCE AND TRIBAL ORDINANCES
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