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198910700 - Statistical Support For Salmonid Survival Studies

Sponsor: University of Washington

Budgets: FY07: $371,546 | FY08: $382,507 | FY09: $391,038

Short description: Improve monitoring and evaluation capabilities by developing state-of-the-art study designs and analysis tools to estimate juvenile and adult salmonid survival and survival relationships. Provide statistical guidance to investigators in the Northwest.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $251,228 | FY08: $251,228 | FY09: $251,228

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This is an excellent proposal that clearly describes an important and useful ongoing project. The relationship of this project to other projects is clearly summarized. The proposal provides a list of organizations that have been provided statistical support from this project The methods are based on sound scientific principles. The project history section of the proposal provides a very impressive and significant list of contributions that this project has accomplished. The results have been reported to the region via a large number of technical reports and peer reviewed papers. There is an impressive history of peer-reviewed publications related to the past activities of the sponsors. Past performance indicates that facilities and personnel are very well qualified. The evaluation of the success for most of the project activities is stated in terms of method development, computer program development, hours of consulting provided, and number and quality of journals for publications. Lacking is consulting client satisfaction survey information. Although the consulting load and presumable return of clients provides indirect evidence of satisfaction, there may be valuable information for improving quality that may be obtained by surveying all clients, not only those who return regularly. Sponsors should conduct a survey of consulting clients to obtain evidence of satisfaction and to provide information for quality improvement in the future and report the results of this survey in future proposals.

State/province recommendation: MS: High Priority

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: $251,228 | FY08: $251,228 | FY09: $251,228

Comment: This project develops study designs. Directly supports NOAA survival studies. Provides general statistical support to any project sponsor that requests it. Methodology, consulting, study designs for tagging studies. This service is a high priority. It may serve the region better to have a consortium of independent statistical analysts available to project sponsors, rather than a single point source. This project is in the Action Agencies 2005-2007 Implementation Plan. New efforts proposed in this project should be reviewed in the context of similar regional efforts on Fall Chinook studies. One member stated that the proposal fails to identify the benefits to date to justify the current funding request level. The service appears to be under utilized and needs to be web based. The member suggests an independent cost analysis and use survey and that this project’s relation to CSMEP and PNAMP be well defined for the next funding cycle.