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198335003 - Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery M&E

Sponsor: Nez Perce Tribe

Budgets: FY07: $1,996,183 | FY08: $2,031,097 | FY09: $2,066,835

Short description: This monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan describes the implementation of a comprehensive monitoring and evaluation program for Phase 1 of Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery (NPTH).

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $1,900,000 | FY08: $1,900,000 | FY09: $1,900,000

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

Technical and scientific background: This is a thorough and well-written proposal that documents the long history of the NPTH project including (somewhat between the lines!) the long interaction and dialogue between the ISRP and the project. The current proposal accurately reflects many of the conclusions reached during previous reviews and is focused on implementing and monitoring Phase 1 of the three-phased, 20+ year project. Phase 1 is expected to take approximately 5 years; however, specific adult returns (i.e., benchmarks or biological triggers) have to be achieved to move the project into Phase II. Sponsors provide substantial detail throughout the proposal and in the attached M&E Action Plan describing specific tasks and performance measures. It would appear from this well-crafted proposal that the years of dialogue have paid off and that the systematic approach outlined in the proposal and M&E action plan are likely to yield much needed information on supplementation effects and results. Relationships to other projects are well described. This is a very expensive ($2 million/yr) effort to assess the performance of NATURES rearing and of this supplementation program. Prior ISRP comments specified that this M&E be done commensurate with a Phase 1 production level; however, it is difficult at this time to tease out if there should be any differences for M&E between the two phases. Objectives, tasks, and M&E are well described including a detailed description of uncertainties, assumptions, and hypotheses.

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

Review group: Snake

Recommended budgets: FY07: $1,900,000 | FY08: $1,900,000 | FY09: $1,900,000

Comment: Referenced as currently Implementing BiOp UPA in June 1, 2006 Delwiche (BPA) letter to Whiting (NPCC)