Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 9144

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

Reviews and Recommendations
Title Type File Size File Date

Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Monitor Natural Escapement & Productivity of John Day Basin Spring Chinook
BPA Project Proposal Number 9144
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Business acronym (if appropriate) ODFW

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Richard W. Carmichael
Mailing Address 211 Inlow Hall, EOU, 1410 “L” Avenue
City, State, Zip La Grande, OR 97850
Phone 5419623777
Fax 5419623849
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Mid-Columbia
Subbasin John Day
Short Description Monitor and assess natural escapement and productivity of John Day River Basin spring chinook salmon. This project is in direct response to recommendations and needs of the PATH Project.
Target Species spring chinook

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: 4.3C “Population Monitoring” and 7.1C “Collection of population status, life history and other data on wild and natural spawning populations.”
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

n/a or no information

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9600800 PATH Evaluation of the Fish and Wildlife Program depends on monitoring of index stocks throughout the Columbia Basin. The PATH Project has identified the John Day Basin spring chinook salmon population as an index population for assessing the No
effects of alternative future mgmt. actions on salmon stocks in the Columbia Basin. To meet the data needs as in index stock, sufficient annual estimates of spawner escapement, age-structure, and smolt-to-adult survival rates are No
essential. Without this spawner and age information, the utility of the John Day Basin spring chinook population as an index stock for assessing the effectiveness of Fish and Wildlife program measures will be diminished. In addition, smolt-to- No
adult survival rate information on this population is extremely important to be able to contrast to responses of upper Columbia Basin populations over time. No
3810804 Streamnet This project will provide data for Streamnet. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Estimate total number of spring chinook spawners returning to the John Day River sub-basin. a. Conduct extensive spawning ground counts in addition to annual index surveys.
. b. Conduct surveys throughout the range of available habitat to determine spawner distribution.
. c. Conduct multiple surveys which temporally bracket the historic index count timing.
2. Determine sex ratio and age structure of returning spring chinook spawners. a. Sex and collect scales from carcasses recovered during surveys.
. b. Analyze scales to determine age.
. c. Develop length-age relationships to classify fish that have unreadable scales.
. d. Calculate age structure and sex ratios.
3. Determine adequacy of historic spring chinook index areas/counts for estimating spawner abundance. a. Determine percentage of spawning that occurs outside index areas in each major spawning stream.
. b. Determine percent of spawning that occurs after index surveys are conducted.
. c. Analyze spatial and temporal variability to assess adequacy of index counts to estimated escapement.
4. Estimate smolt-to-adult survival rates of spring chinook. a. Collect emigrating smolt spring chinook via seining and irrigation bypass traps.
. b. Insert PIT tags into approximately 2000 to 3000 smolts.
. c. recover PIT tags from returning spawners, record returns to Columbia River dam passage facilities.
. d. Estimate smolt-to-adult survival rates based on PIT tag returns.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/98 09/01/99 45.0%
2 10/01/98 09/01/99 15.0%
3 11/01/98 05/01/99 15.0%
4 02/01/99 09/01/99 20.0%
5 10/01/98 09/01/99 5.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $ 49,400
Fringe $ 18,700
Supplies $ 10,000
Operating $ 6,000
Capital $ 5,000
Tag 3,000 $ 9,000
Travel $ 4,800
Indirect $ 22,500
Subcontractor $ 0
Total Itemized Budget $125,400

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $125,400
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $125,400
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 2003
All Phases $131,900 $138,500 $145,400 $152,700
Total Outyear Budgets $131,900 $138,500 $145,400 $152,700

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: High water during smolt outmigration may limit our ability to capture adequate number of smolts for objective 4.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The John Day sub-basin supports one of the healthiest populations of spring chinook in the Mid-Columbia River Basin. The study of life history and natural escapement conducted from 1978 to 1984 (Lindsay, et. al. 1986) provided valuable information on production and productivity of John Day spring chinook. With the exception of two years since completion of the study in 1984 (1989 and 1995) spring chinook spawning surveys were conducted in index areas only and have not provided adequate information to assess age-structure, progeny-to-parent production values, and estimate natural spawning escapement. The PATH Project has identified the John Day basin spring chinook population as an index population for assessing the effects of alternative future management actions on salmon stocks in the Columbia Basin. We believe the John Day spring chinook are the most important lower river index stock and the PATH Project will rely heavily on data from this population in the future. To meet the data needs as an index stock, sufficient annual estimates of spawner escapement, age-structure, and smolt-to-adult survival are essential. There is a need to determine the annual spawner escapement and age structure for the John Day Basin spring chinook to provide us the ability to estimate progeny-to-parent production for each broodyear. This need can be met by expanding the annual chinook spawning surveys, estimating annual escapement, determining age composition by scale analyses, and PIT tagging naturally produced smolts in the John Day Basin.

Reviews and Recommendations

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