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199105100 - M&E Statistical Support For Life-Cycle Studies

Sponsor: University of Washington

Budgets: FY07: $473,086 | FY08: $485,492 | FY09: $498,267

Short description: Develop statistical methods for monitoring and evaluating salmonid recovery plans. Provide added-value analyses and statistical support on regional fisheries issues. Provide smolt migration timing predictions on the internet.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $414,388 | FY08: $414,388 | FY09: $414,388

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This is a high priority project deserving support. The proposal provides an extensive background and justification of the technical and scientific background. The Fish and Wildlife Program (FWP) calls for status and trends monitoring for the hydrosystem, tributaries, estuary, and harvest. This project addresses these issues by providing in-season and post-season evaluation of smolt outmigration success, adult return information, stream escapement, habitat mitigation activities, and harvest. There appears to be collaboration with a number of other projects (six BPA projects indicated), but linkage is only generally described. The history is extremely well documented indicating significant benefits and accomplishments. Nevertheless the following comments from the most recent ISRP review still apply: “The main elements of the project are to provide real-time analyses of PIT-tag data and smolt passage indices to predict outmigration timing and to provide value-added analyses of historical tagging data by testing hypotheses, estimating parameters, and investigating interrelationships. An additional element is to provide statistical assistance to the BPA and the NW fisheries community on an as-needed basis. The response provides information on clients and contributions. The project provides a valuable service. The ISRP suggests that in the future a summary of the following be provided in support of proposals: 1) data on the amount and nature of use of electronic data and analyses posted on the web, 2) responses to satisfaction surveys by internet users, 3) number of requests for analyses and the time taken to respond to those requests.” These comments are still applicable including the request for information concerning use and satisfaction by users. Only a response to (3)(the number of project requests and the number of hours spent in responding to those requests) was included in this proposal. It would still be useful to include recommendations # (1)&(2). The ISRP notes that such activities would also provide feedback for quality improvement of this ongoing project.

State/province recommendation: MS: Fish passage monitoring

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: $414,388 | FY08: $414,388 | FY09: $414,388

Comment: The project supports BPA decision making, provides in-season survival estimates, and performs monitoring and evaluation of several environmental parameters. This project should be reviewed with the Data Management projects and the analytical support projects being considered under the fish passage monitoring issue. This project provides data analysis and evaluation. This project is in the Action Agencies 2007-2009 Implementation Plan. Some members of the MSRT believe this project should be funded by NOAA.