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198712700 - Smolt Monitoring By Non-Federal

Sponsor: Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC)

Budgets: FY07: $2,345,710 | FY08: $2,436,778 | FY09: $2,550,951

Short description: Daily passage data through the mainstem, Snake, Columbia and mid-Columbia Rivers to facilitate fish passage management decisions, including Biological Opinion implementation, is collected daily. Sampling and marking occur at 8 sites of the larger region.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $2,351,730 | FY08: $2,351,730 | FY09: $2,351,730

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

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)


It is essential that funding be provided for smolt monitoring. A required and necessary monitoring function is performed by this project, but the proposal is marginally prepared. The proposal should have provided more information concerning the adequacy of the personnel to conduct this monitoring. The basic rationale connecting this work to subbasin management plans should be more clearly explained. The connection to other projects was incomplete in the narrative and only three BPA related projects were listed and briefly described on the administrative form. The sponsors should be able to provide much more information concerning past history and accomplishments. The objectives were clearly stated but methods are described only in general terms. Details concerning how these tasks will be accomplished are scant in the proposal. It would be useful to have a better explanation of the links to resources located elsewhere. There is insufficient detail provided about the new aspects of the proposal, e.g., exploration of video techniques to monitor smolts. The ISRP suggests that the sponsors provide more details and an evaluation of the contributions of the project in future proposals or a summary report. The project history presented in this proposal provides information in terms of administrative changes, changing work elements, and tasks completed. For a project that has been operating since 1982, much more technical detail needs to be provided, including a list of biological accomplishments and reports.

State/province recommendation: MS: Core Program

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: $2,351,730 | FY08: $2,351,730 | FY09: $2,351,730

Comment: This project coordinates and collects core data for real time smolt passage estimates.