At the Council’s April 28, 2009 request, the ISRP reviewed the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s (CRITFC) Sockeye Studies proposal (2008-503-00) developed to implement the Columbia River Fish Accords. This proposal is to evaluate factors limiting the abundance of Okanagan and Wenatchee sockeye salmon.
The ISRP finds that the proposal Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified).
The information generated by the proposed PIT and acoustic tagging of Wenatchee and Okanagan sockeye salmon has the potential to contribute to management of these resources. However, the ISRP identifies a number of important challenges, listed in the attached memo, that should be considered concurrent with implementation. These can be in addressed in the development of a final statement of work and study design and reported in future proposals.