National Information Collaboration on Ecohydraulics (NICE): Acoustic Tracking of Fish

Active
No
Status
Posted
Published Date
November 17th, 2023
Close Date
January 18th, 2024
Total Funding
$450,000.00
Award Ceiling
$450,000.00
Award Floor
$0.00
Expected No. Awards
1
Opportunity No.
W81EWF-24-SOI-0006

Agency

Engineer Research and Development Center (DOD-COE-ERDC)

Eligible Applicants

Others

Funding Category

Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Funding Instrument

Cooperative Agreement

Opportunity Category

Discretionary

Cost Sharing or Matching Requirement

Yes

Summary

The Engineer Research and Development Center is offering a federal grant opportunity titled "National Information Collaboration on Ecohydraulics (NICE): Acoustic Tracking of Fish". This grant aims to address the challenge of obtaining multidimensional high-resolution fish positions near infrastructure, specifically locks and dams. The research will focus on developing new techniques for collecting high-resolution fish tracks near infrastructure, implementing and evaluating real-time tracking, and improving post-processing. The project will take place in the Mississippi River and its tributaries, with a particular focus on future fish passage structures in the middle Mississippi River. The grant does not require cost sharing or matching and is open to non-federal partners of the Great Rivers Cooperative Ecosystems Studies Unit (CESU). The total program funding is $450,000, with an expected number of awards being 1. The deadline for submission is January 18, 2024. For more information, contact Phoebe Fuller at phoebe.v.fuller@usace.army.mil.

Description

“THIS IS A 2 PHASE APPROACH. SOI DUE: 18 December 2023 FULL PROPOSAL DUE: 18 January 2024 There are many locks and dams, navigation channels, and increasingly beneficial sediment-use sites across the Mississippi watershed and throughout the United States. Interest is high in understanding navigation impacts on fisheries and how navigation infrastructure can be used to manage fisheries in the role of navigation. Currently, fisheries impacts are often not explicitly accounted for in lock and dam operations. For example, nearly all dams in the Mississippi Basin and southeastern United States are, by and large, not designed to accommodate fish passage for native fish. Moreover, many of these dams are now being viewed as possible components for control and management of aquatic nuisance species. Some native fishes are now protected under provisions of the Endangered Species Act further heightening interest in the possible influence of locks and dams on fish movement. A primary challenge of the proposed work is to develop strategies that allow fish movement past locks and dams while not impacting navigation operations. The National Information Collaboration for Ecohydraulics (NICE) has been established with the mission of applying ecohydraulic principles to navigation infrastructure at multiple scales and facilitating accurate engineering forecasts of fisheries outcomes based on research and development for multiple contexts. Program Description/Objective: (brief description of the anticipated work) The aim of this research is to address the challenge of obtaining multidimensional high-resolution fish positions near infrastructure. Locks and dams are often hydraulically energetic making the use of current acoustic tracking difficult or impossible. These data sets are viewed as critical missing elements in understanding fish movement near infrastructure. This limits the design possibilities for implementing effective passage, mitigation, or management at locks and dams. This project will develop new techniques that allow the collection of high-resolution fish tracks near infrastructure, the implementation and evaluation of real-time tracking, and improved post-processing. Multiple species, both native and non-native, require data. Field sites will be in the Mississippi River and its tributaries with a particular focus on application to future fish passage structures in the middle Mississippi River.

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