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200001400 - Evaluate Population Dynamics And Habitat Use Of Lampreys In Cedar Creek (Lewis River Subbasin), Washington

Sponsor: USFWS-Columbia River Fisheries Program Office

Budgets: FY07: $295,350 | FY08: $254,000 | FY09: $268,400

Short description: The distribution, abundance and status of lamprey in the Columbia River Basin is largely unknown. The project sponsors propose to investigate these characteristics as well as the methods used to assess these characteristics for lamprey in Cedar Creek.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

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

Comment: Tier 2. Fund at a level consistent with ISRP comments during contracting, when funds become available.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

The sponsors have successfully addressed the ISRP's concerns and the project should be funded. They provide an excellent summary of past accomplishments that clearly demonstrates the need for the proposed work, and did a good job of reporting results of previous work The following sentences, extracted from the rewritten proposal, provide good rationale for supporting the revised project: "Continuing this work allows managers to maintain one of the longer time series of information on lamprey in the CRB. Finally, the results of the work in Cedar Creek (i.e. capture efficiency) are applicable to and can help guide sampling efforts and assessments in other CRB tributaries" The sponsors identify significant problems with current sampling techniques for estimating larval abundance and propose to develop a rigorous protocol for estimating abundance that could be applicable across the basin. The objectives are clearer and more focused than in the original proposal. The additional information on sampling sites, methods, and collaboration resulted in a much clearer explanation of the work. The sponsors satisfactorily addressed the ISRP’s question about metadata. This project is clearly one of the more well-organized and productive lamprey projects in the Columbia River Basin. Continuing work at this location is important because it is the only lamprey sampling site located below the mainstem dams, providing the opportunity to compare trends in abundance of lamprey populations not affected by mainstem dams with those occurring above the dams. Programmatic Comments of the ISRP were not addressed, although it appears that the sponsors were not made aware of them. The primary comment is the ISRP’s recommendation for an oversight group to assign responsibilities among the lamprey projects being funded, and to assure that most efficient use is made of funds to enable application of results among tributaries across the Columbia Basin. This proposal discusses the Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority’s Lamprey Technical Working Group as a mechanism for identifying and prioritizing critical uncertainties associated with restoration of lamprey in the Columbia Basin. The ISRP and the sponsor’s response point to the need for oversight of efforts with lamprey studies to eliminate unnecessary duplication of effort.

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State/province recommendation: Washington

Review group: Washington list

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

Comment: See Washington guidance