At the Council’s July 7, 2009 request, the ISRP reviewed the Colville Confederated Tribes’ Rufus Woods Reservoir Redband Broodstock Net Pens (#2008-117-00), which is a Columbia River Fish Accords project. The project is to raise redband rainbow trout in net pens in Lake Rufus Woods. This would enable the Colville Tribes to raise sufficient broodstock to meet currently identified reservation redband trout planting needs without jeopardizing the incubation and rearing capacity of the Colville Tribal Hatchery for other species managed under the Resident Fish Program.
The ISRP finds that the proposal meets scientific review criteria (qualified). The qualification is that, in future proposals, integration and linkage with the Colville Hatchery Project should be demonstrated with sufficient detail. Moreover, the proposed approach should be set up and considered a proof-of-concept test for a native brood fish management effort. See the attached memo for details.