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199405400 - Migratory Patterns, Structure, Abundance and Status of Bull Trout Populations in Subbasins of the Columbia Gorge, Columbia Plateau and Blue Mountain Provinces

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)

Budgets: FY07: $466,260 | FY08: $460,337 | FY09: $453,849

Short description: Proposed objectives address distribution and temperature associations of subadults in Mill Cr./Walla Walla R.) migration characteristics of Hood River bull trout and development of bull trout monitoring plan for the Grand Ronde and John Day subbasins.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $0 | FY08: $0 | FY09: $0

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)

Comment:

The qualification of the fundable recommendation is based on continuing concern about linkages between the research and ultimate management actions. The project sponsors provide adequate responses to the ISRP request for clarification of the design of the model development, the standardized monitoring protocol, and the need to continue to collect life-history data on bull trout in multiple subbasins. The ISRP continues to believe the sponsors need to improve the argument that this project will contribute to the development of recovery actions/plans for bull trout. The responses do not indicate that this proposed research is closely integrated with actual management decisions. It is not clear that the management branch of the sponsoring agency is even adequately integrated into this proposal. This is a weakness in the proposal. If this project is continued the sponsors should be able to better demonstrate that the information generated is influencing management decisions. As an ongoing project, reporting of results has been good with consistent production on Annual Reports to BPA and several peer-reviewed papers. A complete list of these reports and papers (inserted in Section E) would be helpful.

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State/province recommendation: MS: Core Program

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: $367,500 | FY08: $367,500 | FY09: $367,500

Comment: There are several bull trout monitoring projects proposed here that provide good coverage of the basin. Other bull trout monitoring projects are proposed in the local subbasin processes. The MSRT would like to see a comprehensive picture of what bull trout monitoring is being funded throughout the basin to insure there is a common strategy for monitoring bull trout (consistent with the MSRT desire to see a coordinated plan for monitoring salmon and steelhead). Basic monitoring and evaluation for bull trout is a Core Program activity, the additional research activities in some of the bull trout projects are a lesser priority.