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200711700 - Comprehensive Assessment of Coho Salmon Restoration Efforts in the Mid-Columbia and Mid-Snake River Basins

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

Budgets: FY07: $59,421 | FY08: $65,898 | FY09: $71,683

Short description: Coordinate exchange of data among managers tribal programs to reintroduce extirpated coho salmon, and comprehensive assessment of methodologies and results to address uncertainties relative to the feasibility of reintroduction/restoration.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

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

Comment:

ISRP final recommendation: Response requested

Comment:

The ISRP recognizes there could be benefits from coordination among the basin’s coho reintroduction projects, and welcomes such coordination. The proposal as outlined, however, does not include adequate breadth of outside review. It is too limited to self-review within the four existing projects. It needs participation by outside experts in various disciplines with experience in reintroduction of fishes, especially anadromous salmonids. A response is requested that demonstrates that biological expertise is included from other agencies and organizations both inside and outside the region so that the issues are characterized in a broader context, and relevant ecological and management issues are considered. An objective analysis of the benefits and challenges of reintroduction/ restoration, aided by the experience of others, should improve the proposed assessment.

State/province recommendation: MS: Recommended Action

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: (n/a) | FY08: (n/a) | FY09: (n/a)

Comment: One member stated that this is a low priority for the Upper Columbia ESU and Province.