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199501500 - Duck Valley Fisheries Project - Operations, Maintenance, Monitoring and Evaluation

Sponsor: Shoshone Paiute Tribes

Budgets: FY07: $508,497 | FY08: $518,066 | FY09: $527,779

Short description: The Shoshone-Paiute Tribes propose to continue with the operations, maintenance, monitoring, and evaluation of three closed reservoir systems on the DVIR as partial mitigation for the loss of anadromous fishes.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $508,497 | FY08: $518,066 | FY09: $527,779

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

Reviewers were pleased to note a proposal that is substantially improved by the inclusion of synthesized results, providing important evidence that the project is meeting its goals. About 188,000 trout are annually stocked in three impoundments and about 32,000 caught (4,000 killed, reflecting lots of catch and release). Relatively comprehensive, up-to-date data from creel census are presented, as they should be but seldom are for similar projects. Staff should be commended. Data from limnological surveys are also included. Such information yields a proposal that is of higher quality than in the past. Sterile non-native rainbows are being stocked and that is commendable. Based on information in the proposal it appears that growth, especially of medium and larger fish, is slower than might be expected. Either the temperature-dissolved oxygen "crunch" is more severe than believed (the apparent poor survival of larger fish supports that), and/or forage for larger fish might be limited. If a forage base of prey fish does not currently exist, consideration might be given to developing one. More specific performance goals should now be developed for each fishery (for fish growth, survival and harvest) so success/failure can be monitored and biological bottlenecks identified that may need management attention. The reliance on annual gillnet CPUE data will probably prove to be of limited value. Extra care is necessary because of their size selectivity. Trapnets might be useful. Data are transferred to Streamnet.

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State/province recommendation: Fundable

Review group: Snake

Recommended budgets: FY07: $508,497 | FY08: $518,066 | FY09: $527,779

Comment: No change to proposed budget