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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 Adaptive Management of White Sturgeons
BPA Project Proposal Number 20062
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division, Columbia River Research Laboratory
Business acronym (if appropriate) USGS

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Michael J. Parsley
Mailing Address 5501A Cook-Underwood Rd.
City, State, Zip Cook, WA 98605
Phone 5095382299
Fax 5095382843
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mainstem/Systemwide
Subbasin Systemwide
Short Description Improve on an existing model for population viability analyses of white sturgeons and identify costs and benefits of alternative adaptive management actions, including supplementation and harvest management.
Target Species White sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus)

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: 10.4
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit calls for increasing sturgeon populations to naturally sustainable levels that support tribal harvest. A technical recommendation to achieve this is to "Develop artificial propogation and management strategies for white sturgeon populations above Bonneville Dam".

CBFWA-Generated Information

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

Section 2. Past Accomplishments

n/a or no information

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
8605000 White sturgeon mitigation and restoration in the Columbia and Snake Rivers Population and harvest characteristics measured by 8605000 will be necessary for this proposed project. No
8806500 Kootenai River Fisheries Investigations Population characteristics measured by 8806500 wil be necessary for this project. No
9084 Assessing Genetic Variation Among Columbia Basin White Sturgeon Populations Results of genetic analyses will be crucial to modeling gene flow among populations. No
9700900 Evaluate means of rebuilding white sturgeon populations in the Snake River Stock assessment activities will provide population characteristics for our use. No
9800401 Assessment of the Impacts of Development and Operation of Columbia River .. Analyses of physical habitat differences that exist among reservoirs will rely on data from this ongoing project. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Integrate basin-wide information on white sturgeon habitat, growth and status for use in a Population Viability Analysis (PVA) model. a. Identify and obtain data from various agencies. Summarize habitat during critical time periods and for different hydrologic year types.
1. b. Modify and calibrate the white sturgeon PVA model for the Snake River to Columbia River reservoirs.
2. Use the model to design adaptive policies (e.g., supplementation and harvest management) that raise long-term population densities of white sturgeon in the Columbia River basin. a. Formulate the adaptive policy as an optimization problem with feedbacks between monitored population demography and genetics and future policy.
2. b. Interact with agencies to fine-tune management objectives and to evaluate model predictions.
2. c. Publish results.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 10/01/99 10/01/00 PVA model calibrated 100.0%
2 10/01/00 09/01/01 Draft manuscript 0.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel USGS - $8,328 ORNL - $42,624 $ 50,952
Fringe USGS - $2,498 ORNL - $9,377 $ 11,875
Supplies ORNL $ 6,000
Operating ORNL $ 8,000
Travel USGS- $1,000 ORNL - $20,000 $ 21,000
Indirect USGS - $11, 826 ORNL - $75,021 $ 86,847
Total Itemized Budget $184,674

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $184,674
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $184,674
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
Electric Power Research Institute Model development $ 40,000 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

All Phases $200,000
Total Outyear Budgets $200,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: None

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Anders, P. J. 1998. Conservation aquaculture and endangered species. Fisheries 23(11): 28-31. No
Beamesderfer, R. C. P., and R. A. Farr. 1997. Alternatives for the protection and restoration of sturgeons and their habitat. Environmental Biology of Fishes 48(1-4): 407-417. No
Boreman, J. 1997. Sensitivity of North American sturgeons and paddlefish to fishing mortality. Environmental Biology of Fishes 48(1-4): 399-405. No
Hansen, M. M., and V. Loeschcke. 1994. Effects of releasing hatchery-reared brown trout to wild trout populations. IN V. Loeschcke, J. Tomiuk, and S. K. Jain, eds.,Conservation Genetics, Birkhauser Verlag, Basel, Switzerland. No
Hanski, I., and M. E. Gilpin. 1991. Metapopulation dynamics: brief history and conceptual domain. 3-16 IN I. Hanski and M. E. Gilpin, eds., Metapopulation Dynamics, Academic Press, London. No
Hilborn, R. 1992. Hatcheries and the future of salmon in the Northwest. Fisheries 17(1): 5-8. No
Jager, H. I., H.E. Cardwell, M. J. Sale, M. S. Bevelhimer, C. C. Coutant, and W. Van Winkle. 1997. Modelling the linkages between flow management and salmon recruitment in streams. Ecological Modelling 103: 171-191. No
Jager, H. I., W. Van Winkle, K. Lepla, and J. Chandler. in prep. A population viability analysis of white sturgeon. TBA. No
Jager, H. I., W. Van Winkle, K. Lepla, and J. Chandler. in prep. B Are white sturgeon dammed? -- Population viability of white sturgeon in a fragmented river habitat. Conservation Biology. No
Ludwig, D., R. Hilborn, and C.J. Walters 1993. Uncertainty, resource exploitation, and conservation: Lessons from history. Science 260: 17-36. No
Moring, J.R. 1993. Effect of angling effort on catch rate of wild salmonids in streams stocked with catchable-size trout. North Am. J. Fish. Manage. 13: 234-237. No
Parent, S., and L. M. Schrimi. 1995. A model for the determination of fish species at risk based upon life-history traits and ecological data. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 52: 1768-1781. No
Parsley, M.J. 1992. Use of a raster-structured GIS in fisheries research activities on the Columbia River. Pages 74-81 in Proceedings, Third National US Fish and Wildlife Servide Geographic Information Systems Workshop. Onalaska, Wisconsin. No
Parsley, M.J., and L.G. Beckman. 1994. White sturgeon spawning and rearing habitat in the lower Columbia River. North American Journal of Fisheries Management 14:812-827. No
Policansky, D. and J.J. Magnuson. 1998. Genetics, metapopulations, and ecosystem management of fisheries. Ecological Applications 8(1 (Supplement): S119-S123. No
Van Winkle, W., et al. 1997. Uncertainty and instream flow standards: perspectives based on research and assessment experience. Fisheries 21: 21-22. No
Vincent, E.R. 1987. Effects of stocking catchable-size hatchery rainbow trout on two wild trout species in the Madison River and O'Dell Creek, Montana. North Am. J. Fish. Manage. 7: 91-105. No
Walters, C. 1986. Adaptive Management of Renewable Resources, MacMillan Publishing Company, New York. No
Waples, R.. 1991. Genetic interactions between hatchery and wild salmonids: lessons from the Pacific Northwest. Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 48 (Supplement 1): 124-133. No

Section 7. Abstract


We propose developing an adaptive management tool to answer the question: “What combination of supplementation, broodstock management, and harvest policies lead to improved viability of white sturgeon in all river sections?” We will expand an existing population viability analysis model that has been developed for the middle Snake River through the combined efforts of Idaho Power, the Electric Power Research Institute, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The expanded analysis will include white sturgeon populations in the lower Snake River and in the Columbia River reservoirs. The goal of this effort will be to integrate information on white sturgeon population status and genetic diversity with information on habitat availability for the isolated populations to quantify the costs and benefits of alternative adaptive strategies. Information on white sturgeon population size structure, age composition, population estimates and habitat data from a larger number of river segments should permit us to develop relationships relating individual growth and maturation to temperature and habitat availability.

Reviews and Recommendations

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