This is the ISRP's General Comments on the First Set of 11 Columbia River Fish Accord Proposals, Submitted November 4, 2008, and Final Review of the Proposal “Genetic Assessment of Columbia River Stocks” (project #200890700).
On November 4, 2008, the Council and the Bonneville Power Administration asked the ISRP to review a set of 11 Columbia River Fish Accord proposals. The ISRP has conducted a preliminary review of the proposals and found that only one of the proposals meets the ISRP’s scientific review criteria (i.e., “provides adequate scientific justification for the proposed activity”); see our review attached below. The other ten proposals need additional information before we can determine whether they meet scientific criteria.
To expedite implementation of Accord proposals, the ISRP will release final recommendations on proposals as soon as sufficient information is provided for us to complete our scientific evaluation. To further this effort, we will directly request information from the project sponsors of proposals that lack sufficient specificity. For the current set of proposals, by December 16, we plan to contact and request additional information from the project sponsors of the ten proposals that need more detail. A few project sponsors will likely be able to respond to our comments quickly in a response memo, but most proposals need significant revision.