Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 9011

Proposal Table of Contents

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Section 1. General Administrative information
Section 2. Past accomplishments
Section 3. Relationships to other projects
Section 4. Objectives, tasks and schedules
Section 5. Budget
Section 6. References
Section 7. Abstract

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Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Characterize & Quantify Residual Steelhead in Clearwater River, Idaho
BPA Project Proposal Number 9011
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Fishery Resource Office
Business acronym (if appropriate) USFWS

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Patricia E. Bigelow
Mailing Address P.O. Box 18
City, State, Zip Ahsahka, ID 83520
Phone 2084767242
Fax 2084767228
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Snake
Subbasin Clearwater
Short Description Data characterizing unsuccessful smolts will enable us to modify hatchery practices, such as size at release, rearing strategy, or release site, to rear a more effective smolt and reduce negative interactions with wild steelhead produced in the subbasin.
Target Species Dworshak B-run summer steelhead

Project Location

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Reasonable and Prudent Alternatives (RPAs)

Sponsor-Reported Relevant RPAs

Sponsor listed no RPAs for this project proposal

Relevant RPAs based upon NMFS & BPA Review

NMFS and BPA did not associate any reasonable and prudent alternatives with this project proposal

NPPC Program Measure Number(s) which this project addresses:
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References

CBFWA-Generated Information

Database Administrator notes on the history of this proposal form: None
Type of Project (assigned by CBFWA Analysts): anadromous

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

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Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

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Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Estimate emigration success of Dworshak NFH smolts a. PIT tag steelhead smolts, stratified by size, release site, rearing system
1. Estimate emigration success of Dworshak NFH smolts b. Monitor emigration success via Ptagis database system
2. Estimate number of unsuccessful smolts a. Multiple sampling of Clearwater mainstem and tributaries
2. Estimate number of unsuccessful smolts b. Estimate population using mark/recapture techniques (PIT tags used as mark)
3. Describe unsuccessful smolts a. Monitor movement and growth of recaptured steelhead
3. Describe unsuccessful smolts b. Determine sex and maturity level
3. Describe unsuccessful smolts c. Determine rearing system and other pertinent rearing information
3. Describe unsuccessful smolts d. Compare characteristics of successful versus unsuccessful smolts (analyze differences between groups using mark/recapture techniques, PIT tag data, coded-wire tag data)
3. Describe unsuccessful smolts e. Assess relation between residualism and hatchery practices. If possible recommend changes in hatchery practices to reduce residualism
4. Determine if relations exist between residualism rate, persistence of residuals, and in-river conditions a. Collect in-river conditions data on water flow and temperature
4. Determine if relations exist between residualism rate, persistence of residuals, and in-river conditions b. Analyze relation of residualism to and to in-river conditions

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 03/01/99 02/01/02 34.0%
2 04/01/99 02/01/02 34.0%
3 04/01/99 02/01/02 19.0%
4 10/01/99 02/01/02 13.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $ 34,300
Fringe $ 4,400
Supplies $ 1,000
Operating $ 3,800
Capital $ 40,000
Tag $ 17,400
Travel $ 500
Indirect $ 31,900
Subcontractor $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $133,300

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $133,300
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $133,300
FY 1999 forecast from 1998 $ 0
% change from forecast 0.0%

Reason for change in estimated budget

Not applicable

Reason for change in scope

Not applicable

Cost Sharing

Not applicable

Outyear Budget Totals

2000 2001 2002
All Phases $ 80,700 $ 80,700 $ 25,000
Total Outyear Budgets $ 80,700 $ 80,700 $ 25,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Major milestones: Annual reports describing information obtained and data analysis will be distributed early each fiscal year following data collection. Annual reports will contain, at a minimum, emigration success, estimate of residual steelhead, and a summary of characteristics and capture time of residual steelhead. Final project report will include analysis of relations between residualism rate, persistence of residuals, hatchery practices, and in-river conditions. If possible, we will report changes in hatchery practices which can be used to reduce residualism of steelhead smolts.

Section 6. References

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Section 7. Abstract


A substantial portion of hatchery steelhead released into the Clearwater basin do not successfully emigrate. Region wide there is a growing concern hatchery steelhead may be having negative impacts on wild fish. Yet, little is known about characteristics of hatchery steelhead which tend to residualize. Our project goals are to maximize efficiency of hatchery operations and minimize impacts to wild fish in the basin. Specific objectives include characterizing successful smolts, unsuccessful smolts (or residuals), and comparing the differences. Sampling will be done by snorkeling and electrofishing. By sampling areas of the mainstem Clearwater and it?s tributaries for coded-wire tagged residuals (approximately 10% of production), we will obtain information on hatchery rearing system and techniques, and sex, maturity, and piscivory of steelhead which fail to emigrate. By PIT tagging all unmarked steelhead and utilizing mark/recapture techniques, we will estimate numbers and growth rates of residuals in the basin below Dworshak National Fish Hatchery. Length, weight, and emigration history will be obtained from all steelhead captured and released. Differences in hatchery practices will be tested using a chi-square statistic. Growth rates of emigrants and residuals will be compared by ANOVA. Other characteristics of residuals will be descriptive. Expected results include information leading to the production of more effective hatchery smolts, maximizing our hatchery program and minimizing negative impacts to the threatened wild steelhead and fall chinook stocks in the basin. We also expect to determine if unsuccessful smolts are residing in the Clearwater River or simply expiring after their release to the wild.

Reviews and Recommendations

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