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200203000 - Develop Progeny Marker for Salmonids to Evaluate Supplementation

Sponsor: Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation

Budgets: FY07: $304,726 | FY08: $319,563 | FY09: $335,711

Short description: The project sponsors propose to assess the relative reproductive success of Umatilla summer steelhead using a pedigree analysis and a laboratory-tested strontium progeny marker injection.

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Final Council recommendation (Nov 2006)

Funding category: Expense

Recommended budgets: FY07: $176,333 | FY08: $176,333 | FY09: $176,334

Comment: Interim funding pending further Council consideration of regional m&e framework.

ISRP final recommendation: Fundable

Comment:

This is an innovative project with potential applicability and benefit to other projects and situations requiring estimation of reproductive success. Assessment of relative reproductive success and supplementation is a key issue in fish culture in the basin. Objectives are clear and tied in with a real world problem. Methods appear sound. The project is a few years old and has progressed from small scale lab testing to verify the utility and transmission of the elemental tag to a proposed field test. This phase of the project is the logical next step.

State/province recommendation: MS: High Priority

Review group: MSRT

Recommended budgets: FY07: $273,000 | FY08: $273,000 | FY09: $273,000

Comment: This project should be grouped with similar efforts to insure no redundancy and appropriate priorities. The underlying research into reproductive success of salmon and steelhead is a Core Program need. Which projects should be funded to address the critical management questions cannot be determined by the MSRT. The ongoing reproductive success projects are ranked High Priority as an understood need, but how each of these projects are addressing specific management questions needs to be fully explained. Also, these projects may need to be considered ongoing monitoring rather than research.