Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20079

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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 Assessing Adult Steelhead Escapement & Genetics in the South Fork Salmon
BPA Project Proposal Number 20079
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Nez Perce Tribal Fisheries/Watershed Program
Business acronym (if appropriate) NPT

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Peter Cleary
Mailing Address 612 SW 2nd St.
City, State, Zip Enterprise, OR 97828
Phone 5414265986
Fax 5414262096
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Mountain Snake
Subbasin Salmon
Short Description This project would document the current status, genetic profile, and life history characteristics of juvenile and adult steelhead in the South Fork Salmon River drainage. Results would be compared to the populations status as described by Thurow (1987).
Target Species steelhead trout

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: 4.2a, 4.1
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses: ESA Section 10 Permit
Other Planning Document References Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit - 5d pages 1- 3

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
9005500 Steelhead Supplementation Studies Reciprocal transfer of data and PIT tagging coordination No
9703000 Listed Stock Adult Escapement Reciprocal transfer of data and PIT tagging coordination No
8909802 Idaho Salmon Supplementation - NPT Juvenile production/life history No
9707300 Idaho Department of Fish and Game Cooperative PIT tagging and SAR studies No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Establish spawning ground index areas and summarize past data and studies. a. Conduct literature search to document past efforts, identify past researchers, and obtain past data sets.
1. b. Summarize past research literature and data in one document.
1. c. Identify and verify the location of previous index areas.
2. Determine the natural spawning and life history of summer steelhead in selected streams in the South Fork Salmon River a. Conduct weekly spawning ground surveys from February 1 to May 31 to determine the timing of spawning and locate carcasses and kelts.
2. b. Explore the utility of non-lethal fish collection methods and collect kelts or carcasses as they emigrate from spawning areas.
2. c. Estimate the proportion of hatchery steelhead in the spawning population whenever possible.
2. d. Collect biological information of length, sex, scales, fin sample from kelts or carcasses to examine life history characteristic informations.
2. e. Examine life history characteristics of spawning steelhead in streams.
3. Identify the present genetic character of steelhead in the South Fork Salmon River and compare the results to past analysis a. Analyze allelic, polygenic and DNA data from juvenile and adult steelhead to characterize genetic profiles.
3. b. Compare the electrophorectic results to previous analyses conducted in 1984-1986.
4. Assess the density and distribution of anadromous and resident species rearing in the South Fork Salmon River and tributaries. a. Contact tribal, state and federal agencies to determine the locations of general parr monitoring and Idaho Salmon Supplementation snorkeling transects within the drainage.
4. b. Locate snorkeling transects estabished by Thurow in 1984.
4. c. Determine if present snorkeling transects can be utilized for this study.
4. d. Establish and survey any transects needed to replicate past research efforts and accomplish this objective.
5. Prepare an annual report a. Create apendix tables summarizing previous data sets and data collected in the year 2000.
5. b. Prepare an annual report with recommendations regarding the feasibility of techniques and steelhead trout and resident fish population status.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 01/01/00 04/01/00 Summary of Literature and Data 5.0%
2 02/01/00 05/01/03 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e 35.0%
3 02/01/00 10/01/03 3a, 3b 10.0%
4 07/01/00 08/01/03 4d 25.0%
5 06/01/00 12/01/00 25.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel Four FTE (project leader, biologist, Lead Technician and technician), two PTE (Fishery Aides) $118,797
Fringe @ 27.0% $ 32,075
Supplies Dip nets, basket traps, axes, waders, snowshoes, office supplies and rent $ 11,650
Operating Snowmobile repairs, GSA lease and repairs $ 15,440
Capital Two 4x4 ATVs two laptop computers and one destop computer $ 15,000
PIT tags 1000 $ 2,900
Travel per diem, lodging, travel to Boise/Portland $ 15,200
Indirect @ 22.9% $ 44,919
Subcontractor independent genetic analysis $ 22,500
Total Itemized Budget $278,481

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $278,481
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $278,481
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
NPT two snowmobiles and tagging equipment $ 16,450 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003
All Phases $260,000 $267,800 $275,834
Total Outyear Budgets $260,000 $267,800 $275,834

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Unusually harsh winter storms may limit spring access to and visibility in streams. Storms and snow melt may wash out roads, create stream turbidity and hamper spawning ground counts. The completion of analysis of genetic samples may also delay reports.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Achord, Stephen et. al. 1995. Monitoring the Migrations of Wild Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon Smolts, Annual Report 1994. BPA report 91-028, contract DE-AI79-91BP18800, Portland, OR. No
Bendock, T. Alexandersdottir, M. 1993. Hooking Mortality of Chinook Salmon Released in the Kenai River, Alaska. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. Vol. 13. n 3.. No
Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. 1994. Northwest Power PlanningCouncil. Portland, OR. No
Hanson, J. and Lockhart 1998. Unpubished data. No
Hesse, J. 1997. A-run steelhead status in tributaries of the lower Clearwater River, Idaho. In Interactions of hatchery and wild steelhead in the Clearwater River of Idaho. 1995 Progress Report, Fisheries Stewardship Project, USFWS Report. November 1997. No
Kucera, P.A. and D.B. Johnson. 1986. A biological and physical inventory of the streams within the Nez Perce Reservation. BPA Report DOE/BP-10068-1. No
Schreck, C.B., H.W. Li, R.C. Hjort, and C.S. Sharpe. 1985. Stock identification of Columbia River chinook salmon and steelhead trout. Annual progress report submitted to Bonneville Power Administration. Sept. 21, 1985. No
Schwartzberg, M. 1987. Columbia upriver salmon stock identification reportBField operation guide. Tech. Rep 87-1. Columbia River -Inter Tribal Fish Commission, Portland, Oregon. No
Schill, D.J. 1996.Hooking Mortality of Bait-Caught Rainbow Trout in an Idaho Trout Stream and a Hatchery: Implications for Special-Regulation Management. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. Vol. 16. no. 2. pp. 348 No
Snake River Recovery Plan. 1994. National Marine Fisheries Service. Seattle, WA. No
Thurow, R. 1987. Evaluation of the South Fork Salmon River Steelhead Trout Fishery Resoration Program.Completion Report, USFWS contract no. 14-16-0001-86505 No
Thurow, R 1994. Underwater Methods for Study of Salmonids in the Intermountain West. General Techical Report INT-GRT-307. USFS, Intemountain Research Station, Ogdon, Utah No
Witty, K.L. 1995. A-run steelhead production in selected tributary streams of the lower Clearwater River Idaho. Ages 2-24 in Interactions of hatchery and wild steelhead in the Clearwater River of Idaho. 1994 Progress Report, Fisheries Stewardship Project, No
Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit (Spirit of the Salmon). 1996. Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish Commission. Portland, Oregon. Yes

Section 7. Abstract


Steelhead populations in the Salmon River subbasin are declining and are listed as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The South Fork Salmon River (SFSR) stock is not an exception. A study was undertaken in 1984 by Idaho Department of Fish and Game to evaluate the status of wild steelhead trout and resident fish in the SFSR. They found a “viable wild population of steelhead trout” and estimated that there were 800 to 900 spawners in 1984 and 1985 (Thurow 1987). The goal of this project is to determine the current status of steelhead trout spawning aggregates in the SFSR and compare the results to those of over a decade ago. Additionally, we hope to collect current genetic information to compare with the 23 enzyme system alleles that were isolated and analyzed in 1985 (Schreck et al. 1985, as cited in Thurow 1987). We also propose to characterize the genetic profile of South Fork Salmon River steelhead through DNA analysis of both juvenile and adult steelhead. Present knowledge of natural adult steelhead escapement in the Snake River basin has been primarily limited to enumeration at Lower Granite Dam. In the SFSR aerial surveys are conducted as trend counts by IDFG. There have been no attempts to verify aerial counts with ground counts (Nemeth – personal communication 12/98). Snorkeling surveys do continue in the subbasin by various agencies and programs but they do not provide life history information on returning adults. This study will replicate the methods from the IDFG study (Thurow 1987) and compare the results. The study will take three years to complete. At termination we will be able to re-evaluate the status of steelhead in relation to the results of 1985.

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