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198343500 - Umatilla Hatchery Satellite Facilities O&M

Sponsor: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Budgets: FY07: $1,059,166 | FY08: $1,102,743 | FY09: $1,143,182

Short description: Acclimate juvenile salmon and steelhead prior to release in the Umatilla Basin. Collect, hold, and spawn steelhead, coho, and chinook salmon and provide eggs to ODFW and other hatcheries for incubation, rearing, and later release in the Umatilla Basin.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $952,166 | FY08: $912,166 | FY09: $912,166

Comment: The project sponsors are to work with the Council and others to structure an ISRP/Council review of the coordinated subbasin activities in the Umatilla at some point in the next two years.. The budget adjustment reflects that the original proposal had embedded in its budget a contract to Little White Hatchery for $147,000 to produce 210k spring chinook. This production will shift to the Umatilla Hatchery. However, a $40,000 contract is required to finish production on hand in FY07.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)

Comment:

This project is part of the larger Umatilla Program and comments associated with Project 199000500 apply (also see ISRP comments on the “Umatilla Initiative” under proposal 198343600). A useful project review will only result from an intensive review of the overall program, a review that is not possible in the time available for the present review. The supplementation program remains a concern to the ISRP. There is concern that the whole system will be comprised of fish derived from supplementation, as more and more hatchery fish spawn in the wild. The practice continues in spite of the fact that supplementation, as an ecosystem experiment, remains untested and unproven. It is not clear that the identified personnel needs are just for the satellite facilities? If so, the budget seems high.

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

Review group: OSPIT - Plateau

Recommended budgets: FY07: $952,166 | FY08: $912,166 | FY09: $912,166

Comment: OSPIT notes that embedded in this budget is a contract to Little White Hatchery for $147,000 to produce 210k spring chinook. This production will shift to the Umatilla Hatchery. However, a $40K contract is required to finish production on hand in FY07. No contract will be developed in FY08 and 09 so the out years are flatlined.