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199008000 - Columbia Basin Pit-Tag Information System

Sponsor: Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC)

Budgets: FY07: $2,531,577 | FY08: $2,692,839 | FY09: $2,800,553

Short description: Provides basic infrastructure for all PIT tag related projects in Columbia River Basin. Operates and maintains long-term data repository for PIT tag information. Operates and maintains permanent PIT tag interrogation sites. Supports other PIT research.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $2,500,000 | FY08: $2,500,000 | FY09: $2,500,000

Comment: Interim funding pending further Council consideration of regional monitoring and evaluation framework.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)


This is a high priority project that deserves continued funding. However, this “fundable” recommendation is qualified because the project is lacking a detailed description of the comprehensive data model and a more specific description of metadata development to date. Funding of this project should be conditioned on the project sponsor addressing this issue. This problem has been pointed out in previous ISRP and ISAB reviews, and progress has not been reported. Specifically, in the 2003 Mainstem/Systemwide Review, the ISRP found that a weakness in the data retrieval system of PITAGIS was the ability to determine how PIT tagged fish were handled or their rearing history prior to release. The ISRP recommendation to develop descriptive metadata for the entire history of each tagged fish has not been addressed, and the proposal only states that they are working on a comprehensive data model to allow better tracking of projects and organizations over time, and it should be ready to implement by the fall of 2006. Other comments: The sponsors of this continuing project would benefit from feedback on the quality of the PIT tag information and accessibility -- user satisfaction. A user satisfaction survey should be initiated. The project sponsors should coordinate with NOAA Fisheries, the sponsors of proposal #200700900 - A Spatially Explicit & Web-accessible Database for Managing the Impacts of Expanding Colonial Waterbird Populations on Juvenile Salmonids (Oncorhynchus species) in the Columbia River Basin. The main problem identified in the NOAA Fisheries proposal seems to be a data access issue. Most of the data to be loaded into the proposed database are already in the existing system (PTAGIS) (PSMFC, 2003). It is not clear what the problem with accessing data in PTAGIS might be. However, taking it as given that there is a problem, adequate communication between sponsors may alleviate this problem and avoid future unnecessary duplication. The project history section is the strongest section of the proposal including a good overview of the project history, effectiveness, growth, and addition of available interrogation sites.

State/province recommendation: MS: Core Program

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: $2,500,000 | FY08: $2,500,000 | FY09: $2,500,000

Comment: No comments.