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199102800 - Pit Tagging Wild Chinook

Sponsor: National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Budgets: FY07: $591,990 | FY08: $609,749 | FY09: $628,043

Short description: Collect time series information to examine migration/survival characteristics of wild ESA-listed Snake River spring/summer chinook salmon stocks. PIT tag wild chinook salmon parr annually; then monitor parr/smolts at instream monitors, traps, and dams.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $350,000 | FY08: $350,000 | FY09: $350,000

Comment: Budget reductions not specific (i.e, Funding rolled back to FY 2006 level). Project to be implemented with reduced scope.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This is a high priority project deserving support. Significant peer reviewed publications are continuing to be produced by this project. As the proposal indicates, with the development of additional PIT-tag detection capabilities at dams, research biologists can now estimate survival from parr to smolt stages. The proposal makes a good case for continuing this project to make these estimates, which may allow in-season management decisions regarding timing of hydropower system operations within season (spill, flow, and transportation) to provide the most benefits for juvenile wild Chinook. In the 2003 Mainstem/Systemwide Review, the ISRP concluded that, "This is a good smolt-monitoring project that provides invaluable basic data for management decisions affecting the stocks involved." This conclusion still applies.

State/province recommendation: Fundable, but at a reduced level

Review group: Snake

Recommended budgets: FY07: $350,000 | FY08: $350,000 | FY09: $350,000

Comment: 199102800: Referenced as currently implementing BiOp UPA in June 1, 2006 Delwiche (BPA) letter to Whiting (NPCC). Funding rolled back to FY 2006 level. (Comment rcvd 6/21/06)