199800704 - Grande Ronde Basin Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation Project: Northeast Oregon hatcheries implementation-ODFW

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)

Budgets: FY07: $222,041 | FY08: $232,878 | FY09: $244,321

Short description: This proposal augments Northeast Oregon spring Chinook programs with funds for Artificial production, fish health, and Redd count surveys to implement the Grande Ronde Basin Spring Chinook Supplementation Project.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $200,000 | FY08: $200,000 | FY09: $200,000

Comment: See discussion of Programmatc Issue: supplementation m&e. The reduced budget reflects that the O&M needs for NEOH hatchery would not take place in 2007 or 2008, so the increased needs for O&M would not be required for this funding period. The recommended budget reflects holding to $200K, slightly below FY2006 level. Budget reductions not specific. Project to be implemented as proposed with reduced scope.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)

Comment:

See ISRP comments on the set of NEOH projects under proposal 198805301. The ISRP makes the fundable (qualified) recommendation because scientific justification for the project depends on the funding of the M&E proposal 200713200. As one of several projects that compose the Grande Ronde Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation Program (GRESCSP), this project covers the ODFW role of operating the Lookingglass Hatchery and rearing a projected 900,000 smolts for release throughout the subbasin. It is the GRESCSP’s production element. The proposal presents a strong case for its continuation and funding. It details operations involving fish health, spawning, rearing, transport to release raceways, and coordination with co-managers. Also included as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) is instream monitoring for redd counts as indices of adult return. More comprehensive M&E is covered under a separate proposal for Project 200713200. This proposal lays out its project well. Hoped-for benefits are stated. The proposal relates clearly to priorities and objectives outlined in the GRESCSP. As a “conservation" project it meets the ISRP criteria. The funds requested are solidly matched with funds from other sources. The stated objectives are operational. Presentation of results in the narrative proposal was adequate. It is too early in the production schedule to get data on returns, although survival rates of earlier life history stages could have been reported. Data from monitoring of fish health in the hatchery are presented. Redd counts for natural spawning are shown. The ISRP commented that the proposal should include the objective of terminating the project when M&E determines either that it is not working or that it becomes successful enough that it is no longer needed. The project is designed to provide emergency risk management of spring/summer Chinook in the subbasin and ultimately to recover self-sustaining populations as out-of-subbasin stressors are addressed. If those stressors are not remedied, the long-term viability of the spring/summer Chinook is uncertain. The ISRP requested a response, in coordination with the other GRESCSP proposals, showing a decision tree detailing criteria for termination based on results, whether positive or negative. The response to this was thorough, its content describing a decision-tree process that recognized decision-making at several administrative levels. The sponsors’ presentation of the three manager-level criteria was a good effort and very satisfactory.

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State/province recommendation: Fundable, but at a reduced level

Review group: OSPIT - Blue Mountain

Recommended budgets: FY07: $200,000 | FY08: $200,000 | FY09: $200,000

Comment: OSPIT presumes that O&M needs for NEOH hatchery would not take place in 2007 or 2008, so the increased needs for O&M would not be required for this funding period. Given that presumption, OSPIT recommends holding to $200K for budget savings, slightly below FY2006 level.