Fri Jun 27 00:00:00 MDT 2008
Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP), Region One, has completed an environmental assessment (EA) for the purpose of conducting a depletion population estimate of lake trout in Swan Lake, Montana. The proposed action would involve contracting with professional fishery consultants to conduct gill netting over a three-week period beginning in late August or early September 2008. Information obtained from the proposed action would aid in understanding the status and characteristics of the lake trout population, and the potential impacts of lake trout on the aquatic ecosystem in Swan Lake, and help to determine feasibility and effectiveness of alternatives for managing the lake trout population (e.g., suppression of the population). All lake trout sampled during the project will be culled; those that are salvageable and of suitable size for consumption will be field-dressed and donated to food banks or other facilities. Following a 30-day public comment period, including a public meeting, FWP received 11 written comments and 7 oral comments all in favor of the project. Based on the analysis in the draft EA and comment received, it is recommended that the proposed project be implemented. There were no changes to the draft; therefore, the draft becomes the final EA. A copy of the decision notice is attached for your information.