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200201600 - Evaluate the Status of Pacific Lamprey in the Lower Deschutes River Subbasin, Oregon

Sponsor: Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon

Budgets: FY07: $167,016 | FY08: $157,686 | FY09: $161,351

Short description: The goal of this project is to determine the status of Pacific lamprey and their habitat in the Deschutes subbasin. Adult escapement and tribal harvest will be estimated. Adult spawning habitat will be described and redd production determined.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $132,000 | FY08: $132,000 | FY09: $132,000

Comment: The budget reflects the reduced scope associated with the radio tagging of adult lamprey.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable


The sponsors have developed an excellent, comprehensive response to ISRP's concerns. The level of detail in the response was appreciated. It is apparent that the sponsors made a serious effort to clarify issues that the ISRP raised. They should be encouraged to publish their results. A good series of annual reports has been published and could be synthesized for publication. The only disconcerting comment is related to the identification of larval lamprey (comment under Objective 2). Apparently, dichotomous keys are not available to the sponsors for identifying larval lamprey. Development of the keys should be a priority. The study has a strong habitat focus, and the sponsors are documenting habitat-lamprey relationships with a sophisticated statistical model. The response relating to the statistical model was very thorough. After peer review this model may be one of the products that could be used throughout the Columbia River Basin, or at least tested in several streams. This might be one of the ways a generalized approach, rather than a stream-by-stream tactic, might be fostered. Regarding the ISRP programmatic reference to efforts by the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority, through appointment of a Columbia River Basin Lamprey Technical Working Group (CRBLTWG) to achieve a coordinated effort in studies of lamprey in the Columbia Basin, the sponsors observe “The CRBLTW is currently lacking in their efforts to coordinate on-going and future lamprey research and monitoring project. Thus far, the group has spent their time disseminating information through workshops and information requests and prioritizing uncertainties.” We hope that CBFWA and USFWS will provide leadership in directing the efforts of CRBLTWG to uphold its original statement of purpose. Coordinating projects to achieve results applicable to the entire Columbia River Basin is essential given the scarce funds available for Pacific lamprey research.”

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State/province recommendation: Fundable, but at a reduced level

Review group: OSPIT - Plateau

Recommended budgets: FY07: $152,016 | FY08: $142,686 | FY09: $146,351

Comment: OSPIT recommends removing the telemetry study for lamprey, reducing the budget from proposed .