At the request of the Council, the Independent Scientific Review Panel (ISRP) and the Independent Economic Analysis Board (IEAB) reviewed the "Select Area Fishery Evaluation Project, 1993-2003 Final Project Completion Report" (Completion Report). In 1993, Bonneville initiated the Columbia River Terminal Fisheries Project (now named the Select Area Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) project), a 10-year comprehensive program to investigate the feasibility of terminal fisheries in Youngs Bay and other sites in Oregon and Washington. This cooperative project between the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and Clatsop County Economic Development Council's (CEDC) Fisheries Project explored the means to increase harvest of hatchery fish while providing greater protection to weak wild salmon stocks. The Completion Report was submitted to address conditions placed on the project as part of the Council's Lower Columbia River and Estuary provincial review decision.
The Completion Report contains comprehensive biological content describing many parts of the project's ten-year history. The attitude conveyed by the Completion Report is that protection of listed stocks is the highest priority. The appendix lays out a reasonable monitoring program, originally minimal but augmented after 2003. The report documents an increase in availability of salmon to the fisheries as a result of project actions.
In terms of its economic content, the Completion Report is partially responsive to the request to provide information on the ex-vessel market for salmon, the economic value of the fisheries and the value of this project to the industry, in the context of fishing alternatives.
This combined review identifies a number of biological and economic issues that need consideration and improvement.