Return to Proposal Finder FY 2000 Proposal 20135

Proposal Table of Contents

Additional Documents

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 Consumptive Sturgeon Fishery-Hells Canyon and Oxbow Reservoirs
BPA Project Proposal Number 20135
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Nez Perce Tribe
Business acronym (if appropriate) NPT

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Dave Statler
Mailing Address 3404 Highway 12
City, State, Zip Orofino, ID 83544
Phone 2084767417
Fax 2084760719
Manager of program authorizing this project
Review Cycle FY 2000
Province Upper Snake
Subbasin Snake Upper
Short Description Provide fishery opportunities for white sturgeon in Oxbow and Hells Canyon reservoirs to mitigate for loss of white sturgeon fisheries in Columbia and Snake River basins due to hydropower development and operations.
Target Species White Sturgeon

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: Measure 10.4A.5 calls for Bonneville Power Administration to “ an evaluation of a put-and-take consumptive sturgeon fisheries in Hells Canyon and Oxbow Reservoir…"
FWS/NMFS Biological Opinion Number(s) which this project addresses:
Other Planning Document References Section of the Resident Fish Multi-Year Implementation Plan (CBFWA 1997) addresses the need to provide fishery opportunities for white sturgeon in the Upper Snake River subregion to the maximum extent allowable by existing habitat capacity of mainstem reservoirs given reductions caused by hydropower development and operations.

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

Year Accomplishment
1999 Development of white sturgeon management and augmentation plans for Hells Canyon and Oxbow reservoirs
1999 Identification of source(s) for the white sturgeon needed to meet stocking objectives
1999 Begin pilot white sturgeon augmentation to evaluate fishery potentials in Hells Canyon and Oxbow reservoirs

Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

Project ID Title Description Umbrella
9700900 Evaluation of white sturgeon in the Snake River Monitors movement and impacts of augmented fish on Hells Canyon Reach population. No
8806400 Kootenai River White Sturgeon Study and Aquaculture Provides technical support on aquaculture of white sturgeon. No
8605000 White Sturgeon Productivity Status and Habitat Requirements Provides information dealing with the assessment of productivity and habitat requirements of white sturgeon, genetic variation in the basin, and identifies potential donor populations. No

Section 4. Objectives, Tasks and Schedules

Objectives and Tasks

Objective Task
1. Develop put-and-take fisheries providing an annual harvest of at least 250 white sturgeon > 90 cm in length in both Hells Canyon and Oxbow Reservoirs. a. Develop initial augmentation plans for Hells Canyon and Oxbow Reservoirs which outline methods for evaluation and monitoring of potential fisheries.
1. b. Release of white sturgeon in one or both reservoirs.
1. c. Monitor growth, condition, survival and catch/exploitation rates of released fish.
1. d. Evaluate fisheries and refine stocking rates based on evaluation of survival, growth, condition, and catch rates/exploitation rates from the previous stockings.
2. Identify a source for white sturgeon to meet stocking needs. a. Assess the capacity at the current NPT white sturgeon facility and at alternative spawning and rearing facilities.
2. b. Determine whether white sturgeon can be transferred from existing populations in the Snake and/or Columbia Rivers to Oxbow and Hells Canyon reservoirs without impacting the donor population.

Objective Schedules and Costs

Objective Start Date End Date Measurable Biological Objectives Milestone FY 2000 Cost %
1 01/01/99 05/01/99 1a- Development of management plan in cooperation with other regional agencies Management Plan 0.0%
1 10/01/99 1b- Augment sturgeon populations in reservoirs on going-- anticipate yearly augmentation 30.0%
1 05/01/00 1c- Monitor on going-- quarterly evaluation of fishery potential 60.0%
1 02/01/00 1d- Refine and evaluate management plan based on monitoring data on going -- until populations and harvest stabilizes 10.0%
2 01/01/99 01/01/00 2a - Assess sources of hatchery sturgeon Source of hatchery fish for augmentation needs 0.0%
2 01/01/99 01/01/00 2b- Assess potential for transfering fish from donor populations Source of wild fish for augmentation needs 0.0%

Section 5. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2000 Cost
Personnel 2 FTEs - Project Biologist, Technician $ 70,000
Fringe 20% $ 14,000
Supplies Fish / sampling gear / office supplies / field trailer $ 60,000
Operating GSA vehicles / boat operation /office expenses $ 34,200
PIT tags 2000 $ 5,800
Travel to field site / field per diems / other $ 8,000
Indirect 23 % $ 58,000
Total Itemized Budget $250,000

Total estimated budget

Total FY 2000 project cost $250,000
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2000 budget request $250,000
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
N/A $ 0 unknown


Outyear Budget Totals

2001 2002 2003 2004
All Phases $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 $150,000
Total Outyear Budgets $250,000 $250,000 $250,000 $150,000

Other Budget Explanation

Schedule Constraints: Availability of sturgeon stocks/sizes/ages, and/or the identification of donor populations may delay the release of fish in 1999 and the subsequence evaluation and monitoring of growth, survival, and carrying capacity of the reservoirs.

Section 6. References

Reference Watershed?
Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Authority. 1997 Draft multi-year implementation plan for resident fish protection, enhancement, and mitigation in the Columbia River Basin. CBFWA. Planning Document. Potland,OR. No
Nielsen, L.A. and D.L. Johnson. 1983. Fisheries Techniques. American Fisheries Society. Betheada, MD. No
Nothwest Power Planning Council. 1994. Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program. Report 94-48. Portland, OR. No

Section 7. Abstract


Measure 10.4A.5 of the NPPC Fish and Wildlife Program calls for Bonneville Power Administration to “ an evaluation of a put-and-take consumptive sturgeon fisheries in Hells Canyon and Oxbow Reservoir, and assess the production capacity at existing Nez Perce Tribe sturgeon rearing facility.” White sturgeon were once abundant throughout the Columbia River Basin and in the Upper Snake River subregion. However, numbers have been drastically reduced. The development and operation of mainstem dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers have modified natural flow regimes, reduced spawning habitat, and blocked migration. Historically the Nez Perce people harvested white sturgeon in the Snake River for subsistence purposes. However, because of the lack of white sturgeon, subsistence harvest by the Nez Perce has been severely limited. There is no known natural production of white sturgeon in Hells Canyon and Oxbow reservoirs. The goal of this program is to develop and implement a fishery augmentation program to restore subsistence harvest of white sturgeon in Hells Canyon and Oxbow Reservoirs to partially mitigate for losses of white sturgeon in these and other reaches of the Snake River. Although flow and habitat limit white sturgeon spawning in these reservoirs, conditions are suitable for rearing. Increasing numbers of white sturgeon in these impoundments through fisheries augmentation we believe can once again provide harvest opportunities. We propose augmenting the white sturgeon remaining in Oxbow and Hells Canyon Reservoirs with hatchery production and/or natural production transferred from a Snake or Columbia River donor population. Augmentation would provide an annual harvest of approximately 250 white sturgeon greater than 90 cm in both Hells Canyon and Oxbow reservoirs (500 total) for both tribal and non-tribal fishers.

Reviews and Recommendations

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

This project has not yet been reviewed

Return to top of page