Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20020

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 Tucannon River Spring Chinook Captive Broodstock Program
BPA Project Proposal Number 20020
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Business acronym (if appropriate) WDFW

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Joseph D. Bumgarner
Mailing Address 401 S. Cottonwood
City, State, Zip Dayton, WA 99328
Phone 5093824755
Fax 5093822427
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Columbia Plateau
Subbasin Tucannon
Short Description Modify existing facilities at Lyons Ferry and Tucannon hatcheries to implement a captive broodstock program for Tucannon River spring chinook. Rear and spawn broodstock, raise their progeny and release approximately 120-140 thousand smolts in the Tucanno
Target Species Snake River Spring Chinook (Tucannon River stock)

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: 2.2A, 4.1A, 7.4, 7.4A, 7.4A.1, 7.4B.1, 7.4C, 7.4C.1, 7.4D
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: III.A, III.D.2 (NMFS BO-Hatchery Operations) Linked with 4.4, 4.4.1, 4.4.1a, 4.4.1.b (Snake River Salmon Recovery Plan)
Other Planning Document References Lower Snake River Compensation Plan (LSRCP) Snake River Salmon Recovery Team: Final Recommendations State of Washington’s and Western Washington Treaty Tribes Wild Salmonid Policy Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit - Volume I

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
9401806 Tucannon Model Watershed Program Provide habitat improvements which may increase in-river survival and aid in recovery of the stock. No
8805301 Northeast Oregon Hatchery Master Plan NEOH is linked with Grande Ronde Basin captive broodstock programs, NEOH co-managers support captive broodstock plans for the Tucannon River and will assist in planning and coordination No
8805305 NE Oregon Hatchery Master Plan and Facilities - ODFW NEOH is linked with Grande Ronde Basin captive broodstock programs No
9604400 Grande Ronde Basin Spring Chinook Captive Broodstock Program Provide expertise and advice in captive broodstock rearing, and assist in overall recovery of Snake River spring chinook salmon. No
9801006 Captive Broodstock Artificial Propagation Provide expertise and advice in captive broodstock rearing. No
9305600 Assessment of Captive Broodstock Technology Provide expertise and advice in captive broodstock rearing. No
9801002 Captive Rearing Initiative for Salmon River Chinook Salmon - M & E Provide expertise and advice in captive broodstock rearing, and assist in overall recovery of Snake River spring chinook salmon No
9606700 Manchester Spring Chinook Broodstock Project Provide expertise and advice in captive broodstock rearing techniques. No
9801001 Grande Ronde Basin Spring Chinook Captive Broodstock Program Provide expertise and advice in captive broodstock rearing, and assist in overall recovery of Snake River spring chinook salmon No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Initiate and complete facility modifications to Lyons Ferry and Tucannon hatcheries to support captive broodstock program. 1. Purchase six, 20' (for Lyons Ferry) and four 16' (for Tucannon) circular ponds for rearing captive brood
1. 1. Design and implement site preparation and well water hookup at Lyons Ferry and Tucannon Hatchery.
1. 1. Purchase plumbing, fencing, and building, and miscellaneous materials to complete facility modification.
1. 1. Merging of completed tasks a, b, and c by watering up facility changes and testing.
2. Assist in rebuilding Tucannon River spring chinook salmon by creating a captive broodstock program from current hatchery supplementation program broodstock crosses. 2. On an annual basis (for five years starting with 1997 brood fish) Evaluate matings, virology, and BKD screening disease results from current hatchery supplementation broodstock spawning each year.
2. 2. Select 15 “family” groups by following selection criteria.
2. 2. Select 80 individual fish to represent each “family” unit. Place each family unit into individual rearing ponds (4' circulars).
2. 2. At Age 1, decrease each “family” size by randomly selecting 30 individual fish; non selected fish are recombined with supplementation program.
2. 2. With CWT’s, VI’s and pelvic fin clips, mark all “family” units uniquely for identification when fish mature and are spawned.
2. 2. Split “family” groups between Lyons Ferry (65%) and Tucannon (35%) hatcheries and transfer to larger rearing ponds.
2. 2. Within three years, approximately 100-125 captive brood salmon will be spawned annually, producing approximately 200,000 eggs.
3. Increase releases of smolts into the Tucannon River. 3. Incubate eggs and rear juvenile fish that came from the captive broodstock program separately from the supplementation program fish.
3. 3. Externally (pelvic fin clip) and internally mark (CWT) all progeny.
3. 3. Transport up to 150,000 captive broodstock progeny to the Tucannon River for acclimation and release at Tucannon Hatchery, Curl Lake Acclimation pond, or direct stream releases (above Tucannon hatchery).
4. Coordinate, compile, analyze and report results. 4. Disseminate the information collected (oral and written) to other managers working with captive broodstocks.
4. 4. Present specific findings to other technical and public groups.
4. 4. Quarterly and annually distribute written data summaries and complete a final written report for distribution to other agencies, tribes, and the public.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/99 09/01/00 Complete facility modifications at Lyons Ferry and Tucannon hatcheries X 76.0%
2 10/01/99 09/01/00 First collection of eggs from 1997 brood females a possibility X 17.0%
3 0.0%
4 10/01/99 09/01/00 Compile and disseminate results and conclusions for watershed restoration planning. X 7.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Hatchery Spec. 30 (6 months), Hatchery Spec. 4 (2 months), Hatchery Complex Manager (1 month) Fish B $ 36,700
Fringe Fringe benefits at 28.5% of personnel $ 10,460
Supplies Pond covers, feed, pond crowding screens, fencing, tools, CWT and VI tags, plumbing pipes and valves $ 36,300
Operating Additional well water pumping costs $ 3,000
Capital Circular ponds (10), open pole building $ 73,000
Construction Site preparation, water hookup $ 70,000
Travel Attend meetings with other agencies regarding captive broodstocks $ 2,000
Indirect Overhead at 22.5% $ 52,078
Total Itemized Budget $283,538

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $283,538
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $283,538
FY 2000 forecast from 1999 $ 0
% change from forecast 0.0%

Reason for change in estimated budget

Not applicable

Reason for change in scope

Not applicable

Cost Sharing

Organization Item or service provided Amount Cash or In-Kind
LSRCP (Lyons Ferry Hatchery complex - Tucannon spring chinook program) Existing Facilities, share of additional personnel $230,690 unknown
LSRCP (Tucannon spring chinook evaluation) share personnel time, various monitoring and evaluation efforts of supplementation program will apply to captive brood $165,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $ 75,000 $ 95,000 $120,800 $125,000
Total Outyear Budgets $ 75,000 $ 95,000 $120,800 $125,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Depending on when funding is provided (or if funds can be borrowed from the Northeast Oregon Hatchery (NEOH) hatchery production facility and then paid back through this proposal), site design and construction may be delayed because of weather limitations. Other constraints may come from the manufacture of large rearing ponds. It may not be possible for the manufacturer to produce all of the needed ponds in the specified time, and construction costs may be higher than anticipated. If not all ponds can be secured during the contract period, then additional money will be required the following year to complete pond purchases. Objective #2 schedules have already been affected because of our delay in acquiring funding for the project. WDFW has made interim plans to hold the 1997 brood year fish in another location at Lyons Ferry Hatchery until large rearing ponds can be in place. This location is not preferred; we anticipate additional mortalities than what would be expected if we had circular rearing ponds. Further delays into the following brood year will further jeopardize the fish.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Appleby, A., and K. Keown. 1994. History of White River spring chinook broodstocking and captive brood rearing efforts. Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Olympia, WA. No
Bumgarner, J., and H. Harty, G. Mendel, C. Busack, and S. Roberts. 1998. A Proposal for a captive broodstock program with Tucannon River spring chinook salmon (draft). Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Snake River Lab, Dayton, WA. No
Hard, J. J., R. P. Jones, Jr., M. R. Delarm, and R. S. Waples. 1992. Pacific Salmon and Artificial Propagation Under the Endangered Species Act - Technical Memorandum NMFS-NWFSC-2, Seattle, WA No
Flagg T. A., and C.V.W. Mahnaken. 1995. An assessment of the status of captive broodstock technology for pacific salmon: Final Report. BPA Project #93-56, Portland, OR. No
Snake River Salmon Recovery Team. 1994 Final recommendation to National Marine Fisheries Service, Portland, OR. No
Smith, C.J., and P. Wampler, editors. 1994. Dungeness River chinook salmon rebuilding project: Progress Report 1992-1993. Olympia, WA. No
Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit. 1995. The Columbia River Anadromous fish Restoration Plan of the Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs and Yakima Tribes, Volume I, Portland, OR. No
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. 1997. Policy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Western Washington Treaty Tribes Concerning Wild Salmonids. Olympia, WA. No

Section 7. Abstract


The first step in achieving recovery is to preserve natural genetic variation and population structure by preventing any individual population from going extinct. The Tucannon River spring chinook salmon population represents the lowest geographic spawning population of spring chinook within the Snake River Basin, is genetically distinct from other Snake River populations, and is listed as “threatened” under the ESA. A dramatic decline in the Tucannon River run size and predicted low returns for the next four years will not sustain or rebuild the population to healthy levels, and may create a genetic bottleneck. Based on those criteria, the Tucannon River spring chinook population warrants intervention (in the form of a captive broodstock) as called for in NWPPC’s Fish and Wildlife Program and the NMFS Proposed Recovery Plan. WDFW has initiated the NPPC’s 3-step Process by drafting an Annual Operation Plan for Lyons Ferry Complex, and a Master Plan for The Tucannon River. If successful, the captive broodstock program will provide an increased run size, allowing for more natural spawning and genetic selection to occur, broadening the genetic base of the stock as a whole, and increase the chance for stock survival. Th current hatchery supplementation program will not be replaced. The program will continue through FY2007, and will provide an increase in hatchery production (an additional 120,000-140,000 smolts annually) to offset the low returns expected in the next few years. During that time, it is hoped that system survival will improve. Following facility modifications at Lyons Ferry Complex, fish will be raised to adults, spawned, and all or most of their progeny will be released as smolts into the Tucannon River. Adult returns and success of the program will be evaluated under the LSRCP spring chinook evaluation program. Yearly and quarterly updates and a final complete report on the captive broodstock program will be reported to BPA and will be included in LSRCP annual reports for the Tucannon River spring chinook program.

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