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200105300 - Reintroduction of Chum Salmon into Duncan Creek

Sponsor: Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC)

Budgets: FY07: $326,113 | FY08: $350,266 | FY09: $375,029

Short description: Monitor and evaluate the reintroduction of chum salmon to Duncan Creek. Three different reintroduction strategies are being evaluated: recolonization via straying, direct adult supplementation to spawning channels and hatchery reared fed-fry releases.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $158,333 | FY08: $158,333 | FY09: $158,333

Comment: Budget reductions not specific. Project to be implemented as proposed with reduced scope.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This project meets the ISRP review criteria. This project would benefit by being framed in the context of providing information beyond the project itself. This project has a reasonable likelihood of success. However, benefits are unknown at this time. Whether chum will use the reconstructed Duncan creek is not yet clear. If the reconstructed creek is not suitable this will benefit management for the species by reducing uncertainty about one restoration strategy. It might also indicate some major changes with the ecosystem have resulted in reduced habitat quality for chum. The proposal provides a good history of spending and results, highlighting major accomplishments, which is appreciated. To date, the success with returning hatchery fish looks poor. The population estimates in table 5 and table 6 have some numbers that need to be reconciled. Returns to the Duncan creek trap (2) is not encouraging. Equally of concern is the lack of any recovered adults from releases of hatchery juveniles. This project is justified in terms of its duration for about 12 years. A mid-term results review, however, will be needed to justify ongoing funding.

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