See the final summary report from this forum

The 2014 Fish and Wildlife Program calls on the Council, the Corps, Bonneville, NOAA Fisheries agencies and tribes, to “help organize and facilitate a science/policy forum in 2015 to address the biological requirements of eulachon, combined with related inquiries into the relationship between flow, current hydropower dam operations, and the biological requirements of lamprey and sturgeon”.  The goal is to report on the state of the science, the reasonable next steps in the assessment process, and a recommendation for how to incorporate those steps into the Eulachon Recovery Plan.

Eulachon: State of the Science and Science to Policy Forum

Thaleichthys pacificus

August 21, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


9:00 am

Purpose and Introductions

Relationship to Eulachon Recovery Plan and Columbia River Fish and Wildlife Program

John Ferguson, ANCHOR QEA

9:20 am

Why we are here: Eulachon and Recovery

Robert Anderson, NOAA

9:40 am

Eulachon Spawning Stock Biomass Estimations, Genetics, and Fishery Management in Washington and Oregon

Olaf Langness, Washington Dept. Fish and Wildlife

10:00 am

Eulachon Spawning Stock Biomass Estimations, Genetics, and Fishery Management in Canada

Sean MacConnachie, Dept. Fisheries and Oceans, Canada

10:20 am

Eulachon Distribution, Timing, and Spawning Stock Biomass Estimations

Nathan Reynolds, Cowlitz Indian Tribe




10:50 am

Eulachon in the Klamath River

Robert Anderson, NOAA

11:00 am

Eulachon in the Columbia River Estuary and Plume

Jen Zamon, NW Fisheries Science Center

11:20 am

Progress in Reducing Eulachon Bycatch in the Ocean Shrimp Fishery

Bob Hannah, Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

11:40 am

Eulachon and eDNA

Taal Levi, Oregon State University

12:00 pm -1:00 pm



1:00 pm

Evaluation of Transmitter Application Techniques for use in Research of adult Eulachon

Kyle Hanson, US Fish and Wildlife Service

1:20 pm

Summary of the morning sessions and transition to FCRPS and Ocean influences

John Ferguson, ANCHOR QEA

1:40 pm

Federal Columbia River Power System Operations (FCRPS)

Paul Wagner, NOAA

2:00 pm

Estuary/Plume and Ocean Conditions

Antonio Baptista, Oregon Health Sciences University

2:30-2:50 pm



2:50 pm

FCRPS, Dams, and Water Management in the Columbia Basin and Effects on Eulachon

Robert Anderson, NOAA

3:10 pm

Identify Knowns and Key Unknowns and Next Steps: Group Discussion

John Ferguson, ANCHOR QEA


Closing Remarks

L. Palensky (NW Council) /R. Anderson (NOAA)