Response for project 198503800: Colville Hatchery

Comment on proposed FY 2006 budget

We wish to renew this contract for FY06 and the budget is consistent with the budget previously approved, however, the budget is not adequate to address increased fuel costs and ongoing maintenance needs. Fuel costs are critical to the overall operation of the Colville Tribal Hatchery. Our central office is located at the Nespelem agency with the hatchery located approximately 70 miles westerly and an travel time averaging 1.5 hours in one direction. Additional fuel costs can be found in the planting of fish which is located approximately 140 miles easterly of the hatchery facility.

Accomplishments since the last review

Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation NEPA supplemental analysis has been produced.
# of people reached in each of 3 classes (T/S/G): Teachers, Students, General publicLocal and regional information exchange has occurred each year.
CoordinationPlanning and coordination with other projects has taken place each year.
Manage and Administer ProjectsThe project has been administered and all deliverables have been met.
Produce Annual ReportAnnual reports have been produced and delivered to BPA.
Produce Status ReportStatus reporting has been verbal and through contact with COTR.
Production: # fish released from program, by life stage and speciesEastern Brook Trout 400,000@25/lb.Lahontan Cutthroat 65,000@25/lb.Westslope Cutthroat 25,000@25/lb.Coastal Rainbow Triploid 100,000@5/lb.Redband Rainbow 60,000@5/lb. (will increase)
Purpose of production program (S/H/R): S = Supplementation, H = Harvest Augmentation, R = ResearchResident fish substitution.
Maintain Fish HealthMonthly fish health monitoring of production at Bridgeport Tribal Hatchery has been taking place.
Maintain HatcheryMaintainance of building, grounds, and equipment at Bridgeport Tribal Hatchery has been ongoing.
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab DataRoving and voluntary creel of all reservation waters stocked has been ongoing.
Mark/Tag AnimalsApipose clip and elastomer tag all hatchery production has occurred since 2002.

In 2002, we began marking hatchery production and triploiding all non-native production. Diligent efforts have been undertaken in establishing a native redd band broodstock. Our education and outreach impacts approximately 1,000 individuals within the local education system and community activites hosted throughout the area. Baseline surveys of all reservation lakes was completed in 2004. In 2005 efforts are being undertaken to survey reservation lakes to document management changes.

FY 2006 goals and anticipated accomplishments

Produce Environmental Compliance DocumentationProduce supplemental NEPA analysis.
# of people reached in each of 3 classes (T/S/G): Teachers, Students, General publicLocal and regional information exchange will occur .
CoordinationPlanning and coordination with other projects will be maintained.
Manage and Administer ProjectsThe project will be administered and the deliverables will be met.
Produce Annual ReportAnnual report will be delivered within 30 days of contract completion.
Produce Status ReportMonthly reporting to BPA will be done via Pisces.
Production: # fish released from program, by life stage and speciesA minimum of 50,000 lbs of production will be maintained and the Rainbow production will continue to change over to Redbands.
Maintain Fish HealthFish health will be monitored and recorded.
Maintain HatcheryBridgeport Tribal Hatchery buildings, grounds, and equipment maintenance will be performed.
Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab DataReservation waters will be creeled and at least 5 streams and lakes will be surveyed each year.
Mark/Tag AnimalsAll hatchery production will be differentially marked.

In 2006 we should have 50% of our production converted to redd band rainbows and reduce our reliance on outside egg sources. Lakes and streams will continued to be monitored for wild/hatchery fish interactions and management changes will be documented.

Subbasin planning

How is this project consistent with subbasin plans?

This project is consistent with and implements the aquatic strategies 2A3, 2A2, 2C2, and 2A4 in the Rufus Woods subbssin (management plan pages 50-22 to 50-25); aquatic strategies 2A2, and 2C2 in the SanPoil subbasin (management plan pages 42-16 and 42-18); aquatic strategies 2A2, 1A5, and 2C1 in the Upper Columbia subbasin (management plan pages 34-18 and 34-19). These strategies relate to objectives for resident fish stocks.

How do goals match subbasin plan priorities?

This project accomplishes priority work under the subbasin plans, because the prioritization framework in the management plan puts work of this type in this area with these species as a high priority.

Other comments

This project is a resident fish substitution project because of the loss of salmon runs in the blocked area. The project does work in three different subbasins and is covered under a 25 year agreement with BPA.