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198903500 - Umatilla Hatchery Operation and Maintenance and Fish Liberations

Sponsor: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)

Budgets: FY07: $951,664 | FY08: $981,110 | FY09: $1,011,412

Short description: This proposal funds operation and maintenance of Umatilla Hatchery and fish transfers from the Umatilla, Cascade, Oxbow, Bonneville, and Little White hatcheries to acclimation facilities on the Umatilla River.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $941,664 | FY08: $941,664 | FY09: $941,664

Comment: The project sponsors are to work with the Council and others to structure an ISRP/Council review of the coordinated subbasin activities in the Umatilla at some point in the next two years.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable (Qualified)

Comment:

The ISRP concludes that the Umatilla Program is too large and complex for a brief annual review and should receive an intensive overall review of all program elements and the progress that has been made in attaining project objectives (also see ISRP comments on Project 199000500 and on the “Umatilla Initiative” under proposal 198343600). In general, the Program seems to be well organized but is not reaching its overall adult fish production goals. Release numbers are presented in a table but few data (text only) on adult returns and harvest are provided. Adult return goals have not been met for any of the species, a result of low smolt-to-adult survival. Some adaptive management is indicated in the spring chinook program (reductions). There is insufficient communication of program results and impacts, even if there is a separate M&E project.

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

Review group: OSPIT - Plateau

Recommended budgets: FY07: $941,664 | FY08: $966,664 | FY09: $966,664

Comment: Sponsors anticipate an expected decrease in indirect rate. OSPIT recommends reducing the budget $10K from FY07 requested for that expected indirect decrease. FY08 and FY09 have an additional $25K from FY07 which funds the increased fish feed and electrical costs to produce additional 210k spring chinook at Umatilla and not at the Little White Hatchery.