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199800702 - Grand Ronde Supplementation - Lostine O&M/M&E

Sponsor: Nez Perce Tribe Dept. Fisheries Resource Management Watershed Division

Budgets: FY07: $622,578 | FY08: $640,219 | FY09: $657,320

Short description: Supplementation and concurrent monitoring and evaluation of Lostine River spring Chinook salmon are accomplished by this project. O&M activities acclimate smolts, trap adults, and spawn adults. M&E provides abundance and life history performance measures.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $602,457 | FY08: $602,457 | FY09: $282,887

Comment: See discussion of Programmatc Issue: supplementation m&e. The NEOH Lostine component will not be complete by 2008. Thus, this budget would increase from proposed in 2008 because of lack of hatchery completion and this project accommodating both O&M and M&E.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)

Comment:

See ISRP comments on the set of NEOH projects under proposal 198805301. This project conducts supplementation of Lostine River spring Chinook salmon toward avoiding extinction of this much-reduced stock and, in the longer term, achieving its recovery. It is one of several projects that compose the Grande Ronde Endemic Spring Chinook Supplementation Program (GRESCSP). This project operates a smolt acclimation facility and an adult trapping station on the Lostine River tributary of the Grand Ronde River. Adults are spawned at the station; the fertilized eggs are then transferred to hatcheries elsewhere for raising until the young are brought back to the Lostine smolt acclimation site. The project monitors and evaluates the results in terms of population abundance and life history performance. There will be side benefits to other species such as steelhead via monitoring at weirs. The proposal makes a strong case for continuation and funding as part of the GRESCSP. The authors are to be complimented on a clear, well-organized presentation that is thorough in most details. The project’s biological objects are truly stated as biological objectives. Much of this proposal could serve as an example for other projects’ proposals. Project history and summary results to date are well presented, but future proposals for this project need to show more results in terms of return rates. There is no evidence so far that benefit from supplementation is occurring. The proposal gives well-warranted recognition that long-term prospects for the population depend on the remediation of habitat problems by related projects in the watershed. Biological objectives are described with well-articulated and designed hypotheses to permit robust adaptive management. It would be logical to add an objective of terminating the project when M&E determines either that it is not working or that the target population recovers. A response was needed describing such a decision tree. The sponsors responded well to most of the few questions that the ISRP had relating to this strong proposal. They reiterated the nature of the hypotheses and biological metrics. The Fundable (Qualified) recommendation is for two reasons: (1) Scientific justification for the project depends on the funding of the M&E proposal 200713200. (2) In its initial review, the ISRP requested a decision tree, which would describe a path of adaptive management. For each of the project’s eight management objectives, the sponsors responded with a list of hypotheses or criteria, which they term “management assumptions.” They regard the resultant outline a “decision framework” for guiding the decision process of NEOH adaptive management. The array is based on the NEOH M&E Conceptual Plan (Hesse and Harbeck 2000). In addition to this framework of assumptions, a decision tree would require statements of reasonably foreseeable alternative adjustments of management (scenarios, including project termination) that would depend on whether the assumptions are borne out. (See the decision tree provided under proposal 199800704.)

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

Review group: OSPIT - Blue Mountain

Recommended budgets: FY07: $602,457 | FY08: $602,457 | FY09: $282,887

Comment: OSPIT notes the presumption that the NEOH Lostine component will not be complete by 2008. Thus, this budget would increase from proposed in 2008 because of lack of hatchery completion and this project accommodating both O&M and M&E. Within year budget mod increased over start of year 2006.