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198805304 - Hood River Production Program - ODFW M&E

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)

Budgets: FY07: $536,935 | FY08: $583,381 | FY09: $609,659

Short description: Monitor and evaluate actions taken to re-establish spring Chinook salmon, and improve wild production of summer and winter steelhead, in the Hood River subbasin. Data will be used to develop, and refine, management objectives for the HRPP.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $530,000 | FY08: $530,000 | FY09: $530,000

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

The ISRP particularly welcomes the pledge by the sponsors to dedicate staff in FY 2007 to synthesizing data and submitting manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals, using information collected by the Hood River monitoring and evaluation projects, the Parkdale Fish Facility, and the Powerdale Fish Trap. A concern identified by the ISRP in the Hood River habitat project (199802100) is the need to assess the extent to which the residualism of hatchery steelhead is resulting in the displacement of wild fish from Hood River habitat. It is expected that much of this task will be done in close conjunction with projects 199802100 and 198805303. It is important to ensure that the benefits to wild salmon and steelhead are fully realized because some of the fish response to the habitat work might be confounded by residualized steelhead. An over-riding issue with respect to the suite of Hood River projects is to more fully define the future timeline and objectives for the project, particularly with the impending loss of Powerdale as a counting and monitoring station. The sponsor’s judgment on success of the program is premature. For example, statements such as "Underwood et al. (2003) used Hood River adult returns and smolt to adult rates to determine whether or not the hatchery component of the program was contributing to the wild fish runs. The winter steelhead hatchery supplementation has benefited the wild population and has met or exceeded program goals (Underwood et al., 2003, p.218)" need to be examined more closely and peer reviewed. The following are the three initial ISRP concerns and an assessment of the sponsor’s responses: 1) The lack of peer reviewed publications. The sponsors did not provide an adequate response to this question but noted that budget and time constraints most likely precluded publication efforts. 2) Project design post-Powerdale Dam. Although the authors stated, “We did not address how we propose implementing this project post- Powerdale Dam, primarily because the dam is not slated for removal until after the upcoming three year funding cycle,” they went on to give a reasonable explanation. 3) Lack of management recommendations stemming from data collected on this M&E project. The authors responded with a multi-page listing of recommendations covering a broad range of topics that was sound and convincing.

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

Review group: OSPIT - Gorge

Recommended budgets: FY07: $447,000 | FY08: $447,000 | FY09: $447,000

Comment: OSPIT recommends reduced funding that will cause the sport creel to be discontinued for 4 months, with potential impacts to the project's ability to accurately determine adult escapement. OSPIT also recommends teminating the downstream migrant trap operation from August - September, potentially reducing the ability to estimate natural chinook production.