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199602100 - Gas Bubble Disease Research & Monitoring of Juvenile Salmonids

Sponsor: Columbia River Research Laboratory

Budgets: FY07: $23,946 | FY08: $25,081 | FY09: $26,906

Short description: The States require smolt monitoring for signs of gas bubble disease. The project sponsors provide training and QA/QC of the monitors with this project.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $20,954 | FY08: $22,143 | FY09: $23,718

Comment: Need to revisit prior to expiration of state water quality waivers (review during fall 07). States of Or and Wa require this work.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable


Monitoring of smolts for gas bubble disease is an essential activity in the Columbia River basin. This is an ongoing project that has obvious ties to subbasin plans, regional programs, and other research projects. The methods proposed for this project have been employed for many years and are adequate for detecting gas bubble disease. This project has achieved very useful results in the past, and the investigators did a good job of communicating the results in project reports and peer-reviewed publications.

State/province recommendation: MS: High Priority

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: $23,946 | FY08: $25,081 | FY09: $26,906

Comment: This project makes an important contribution to a UPA action, but is not absolutely required for that action. The project provides training for individuals in other projects that are sampling at the dams. The training and reporting addresses OR/WA water quality gas waivers. The biomonitoring will need to continue, but the future of this need will be based on future state water quality regulations.