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200001700 - Recondition Wild Steelhead Kelt

Sponsor: Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)

Budgets: FY07: $945,906 | FY08: $953,835 | FY09: $985,931

Short description: This is an evaluation of kelt steelhead reconditioning and the feasibility of reestablishing this life history strategy that has been suppressed by the hydrosystem. The program utilizes wild fish that would otherwise become mortalities.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $400,000 | FY08: $400,000 | FY09: $400,000

Comment: Scope expansion not accepted. Budget at the FY 2006 level.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable in part

Comment:

The ISRP recommends Fundable in Part to complete the experiment but not full implementation. The sponsors responded to the ISRP request for additional information on this and companion project 200306200 in a common response. They responded to our questions about implementation and how the projects relate to each other in a satisfactory manner. There does appear to be some promise in this approach in spite of some initial failures (in producing smolts and at these contributing to wild reproduction). The evidence of recruitment is very poor. It is important to continue the experiment (not full implementation) long enough to make certain an adequate attempt and evaluation have occurred. Nevertheless, this takes away from the real issue that migration success of kelts is constrained by the hydrosystem, both in terms of the hydro projects and river conditions are not conducive to re-conditioning.

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State/province recommendation: MS: High Priority

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: $400,000 | FY08: $400,000 | FY09: $400,000

Comment: This project tests the hypothesis that we can recondition kelts and evaluates methodology for reconditioning (feeding, timing, etc.). The MSRT would like this project reviewed with 200306200 in order to find budget efficiencies.