Return to Proposal Finder FY 1999 Proposal 199107100

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 Snake River Sockeye Salmon Habitat and Limnological Research
BPA Project Proposal Number 199107100
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
Business acronym (if appropriate) SBT

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Doug Taki
Mailing Address P.O. Box 306
City, State, Zip Fort Hall, ID 83203
Phone 2082383914
Fax 2082383742
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 1999
Province Lower Snake
Subbasin Salmon
Short Description Increase carrying capacities of Snake River sockeye salmon Oncorhynchus nerka rearing lakes (Redfish, Pettit, and Alturas) by adding nutrients that stimulate production of sockeye forage.
Target Species Snake River sockeye

Project Location

[No information]

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. Continue extensive limnological monitoring in Redfish, Alturas, and Pettit lakes. Continue monitoring limnological parameters in Stanley Lake with a less intensive schedule. a. Conduct ongoing limnological studies in the Sawtooth Valley nursery lakes during 1998 and 1997 to provide continued information on physical, chemical, and biological characteristics relating to O. nerka production.
. b. Complete winter limnology sampling to estimate sockeye salmon production opportunities and constraints during this season.
. c. Coordinate efforts with the USFS, IDFG, Idaho State Dept. of Water Resources.
2. Conduct lake fertilization in Redfish, Alturas, and Pettit lakes. a. Apply pharmaceutical grade nitrogen and phosphorous by boat at weekly intervals. Rates of application had already been determined for 1997 and after evaluating 1997 limnological data and O. nerka population estimates those rates may change for 1998.
3. Enumerate sockeye smolt outmigration from Pettit and Alturas lakes. We will use a smolt collection weir and a screw trap at the outlet streams of Pettit and Alturas lakes, respectively. a. Initiate collection of sockeye smolts from Alturas Lake and continue collection of smolts from Pettit Lake. Enumeration and potential PIT tagging (pending TOC recommendation) will be undertaken at each location.
4. Continue monitoring O. nerka population characteristics and densities in the Sawtooth Valley lakes in conjunction with IDFG to determine inter-annual trends. a. Estimate the emergent O. nerka fry population entering Redfish Lake. Estimate summer survival of age-0 fish by comparing population estimate to end of the summer trawl/hydroacoustic work
. b. Estimate "nerka" stream spawner population size/sex ratio in Redfish & Stanley lakes. Estimate spawner distribution & stream residency. Enumerate fecundity for each system. Survey Pettit Lake for shoal spawning location
. c. Estimate the total number of O. nerka in Sawtooth Valley lakes (Redfish, Alturas, Pettit, and Stanley) using hydroacoustics. Use vertical gillnets to assist in partitioning targets. Determine year class strength and mortality
. d. Correlate hydroacoustic population estimates with IDFG's trawling estimates
5. Determine direct and potential piscivorous fish effects on O. nerka populations in the Sawtooth Valley Lakes in conjunction with IDFG. a. Estimate potential predation and competition impacts to O. nerka by nursery lake fish community constituents by stomach content analysis of gill-net captured fish. Samples will come from different time periods and lake locations.
. b. Estimate overwinter survival of rainbow trout stocked in Pettit Lake, and monitor seasonal diet habits.
6. Assist IDFG with in-lake captive broodstock production activities of O. nerka. a. Assist IDFG with developing O. nerka juvenile release strategy protocols and evaluation of fish performance.
. b. Assist IDFG with construction and maintenance of net pens used to rear O. nerka juveniles in the Sawtooth Valley nursery lakes.
. c. Assist IDFG with placement and retrieval of egg incubation boxes in Redfish Lake.
. d. Assist IDFG personnel, where needed, with PIT tagging of sockeye salmon destined for nursery lake re-introduction.
. e. Solicit and obtain written recommendations from other sockeye salmon experts on release and lake production strategies.
7. Technology Transfer a. Provide written reports to Stanley Basin Technical Oversight Committee.
. b. Write annual report for BPA. Complete & present draft to BPA by 4/20; final report on 5/30 of the year, following end of prior fiscal year.
. c. Attend appropriate conference(s) that relate to sockeye salmon production.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 09/01/91 10/01/24 21.0%
2 06/01/95 10/01/10 27.0%
3 04/01/96 08/01/25 16.0%
4 09/01/91 08/01/25 11.0%
5 09/01/91 08/01/25 8.0%
6 09/01/91 10/01/10 4.0%
7 09/01/91 08/01/25 12.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 1999 Cost
Personnel $108,046
Fringe $ 36,736
Supplies $ 5,500
Operating $ 32,925
Capital $ 12,000
Travel $ 29,032
Indirect $ 41,161
Subcontractor $139,773
Total Itemized Budget $405,173

Total estimated budget

Total FY 1999 project cost $405,173
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 1999 budget request $405,173
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 $425,000 $430,000 $435,000 $440,000
Total Outyear Budgets $425,000 $430,000 $435,000 $440,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: If a decision on mainstem operations is finalized in 1999 it may be five life cycles before our goals are reached.

Section 6. References

n/a or no information

Section 7. Abstract


The purpose of this project is to assess habitat limitations pertaining to Snake River sockeye salmon O. nerka preservation and recovery, and to implement activities necessary to increase or re-establish sockeye production in historic nursery lakes of the Sawtooth Valley, Idaho. To investigate fish community dynamics in lake nursery areas, including the relationships between resident and anadromous forms of O. nerka in present or potential Sawtooth Valley production areas. Assist IDFG in captive broodstock activities such as sockeye net pen production and assessment of fish performance while residing in nursery lakes through smolt emigration. Limnological conditions and fish interactions (competition/predation) are used to estimate sockeye carrying capacity. Without this data, stocking at densities greater than existing carrying capacities could result in a zooplankton crash which would reduce available rearing habitats and impede recovery. Our limnology and lake fertilization efforts directly address 7.5A.l and 7.6A.2 in the FWP. We also removed a passage barrier on the outlet of Pettit Lake Creek that is called for in both 7.5A.1 and 7.6A.2. The methods we use for limnological monitoring and lake fertilization are standard methods used for decades in Alaskan and Canadian sockeye rearing lakes. We consulted with Dr. John Stockner, a Canadian researcher with more than two decades of sockeye research experience, to formulate a prescription for the quantities of fertilizer to apply to each lake that will increase forage resources for juvenile sockeyes without detrimental effects on the lake’s ecosystem. We expect to increase the number of returning adult sockeyes to the Sawtooth Valley, Idaho. The time frame for this to occur is unknown but early results should be seen in adult returns during 1998.

Reviews and Recommendations

This information was not provided on the original proposals, but was generated during the review process.

CBFWA: Nonwatershed Technical Group Comments Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]

Criteria 1: Technical Criteria - Yes: Gill nets for predation study?

Criteria 2: Objectives Criteria - Yes: Maybe

Criteria 3: Milestones Criteria - Yes

Criteria 4: Resources Criteria - Yes: ?

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
May 13, 1998
1999 2000 2001
$405,173 $425,000 $430,000

ISRP Review , ISRP 1998-1 Recommendation:
Jun 18, 1998
[There are no budget numbers associated with this review.]
This proposal is for management and research to enhance sockeye salmon populations in Redfish Lake. The focus on whole lake limnology is a strength. The key management technique being tested is whole-lake fertilization. Fertilization is potentially damaging and the proposal does not sufficiently describe the technical justification for using this method. The proposal does note the success of Canadian fertilization programs and a suggestive short-term result was obtained in Redfish Lake. However, the proposal does not demonstrate that fertilization is necessary, likely to be effective, or safe to use in their situation. In particular, potential effects to the lake’s food web, and how they can be monitored and evaluated, are not addressed. The experimental design, which compares lakes with both salmon and fertilization to one lake with neither, is flawed by confounding and lack of replication or control.

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
Sponsor (Shoshone Bannock Tribe) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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