July 2013 Follow-up Memo for Qualification 2 - progress presentation during Geographic Review
In response to the Council’s October 15, 2012 request, the ISRP reviewed the document Biological Effectiveness Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for Fisheries Habitat Enhancement in CTUIR Subbasins (draft report, August 2012), which was produced for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation’s (CTUIR) Biomonitoring of Fish Enhancement project (#2009-014-00). As described in the CTUIR cover letter, this plan was developed to evaluate CTUIR fish habitat restoration projects throughout five subbasins: the Grande Ronde, John Day, Tucannon, Umatilla, and Walla Walla Rivers.
This is a follow-up to the ISRP’s review of the project in the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation and Artificial Production Categorical Review in 2010 (ISRP 2010-44A). The ISRP found that the project met scientific review criteria (qualified). The qualification was that the ISRP review the project’s experimental design once it was completed. The Council concurred with the ISRP’s recommendation and recommended that an "implementation recommendation beyond FY 2012 depends on ISRP review of study design" (Final Council Decision, June 2011).
The ISRP finds that the plan Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified) with two qualifications:
1) The proponents should prepare and submit an interim report to the ISRP for review within three years. The report should contain a summary of data collected, results, and program modifications.
2) The proponents should make a presentation to the ISRP during the upcoming Geographic Review in which requested information is provided and time is allowed for a clarifying discussion on issues raised in this review.