Return to Proposal Finder FY 2001 Ongoing Proposal 200001700

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Section 1. General Administrative information
Section 2. Past accomplishments
Section 3. Relationships to other projects
Section 4. Budgets for planning/design phase
Section 5. Budgets for construction/implementation phase
Section 6. Budgets for operations/maintenance phase
Section 7. Budgets for monitoring/evaluation phase
Section 8. Budget Summary

Reviews and Recommendations
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Section 1. General Administrative Information

Title of Project Proposal Recondition Wild Steelhead Kelts
BPA Project Proposal Number 200001700
Business name of agency, institution,
or organization requesting funding
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
Business acronym (if appropriate) CRITFC
 

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

Name Roy Beaty
Mailing Address 729 NE Oregon, Suite 200
City, State, Zip Portland, OR 97232
Phone 5037311308
Fax 5032354228
E-mail bear@critfc.org
 
Manager of program authorizing this project Roy Beaty
 
Review Cycle FY 2001 Ongoing
Province Systemwide
Subbasin Systemwide
 
Short Description Develop and test methods to recondition steelhead kelts and assist fishery managers in implementing these methods to help rebuild wild populations throughout the Basin.
Target Species


Project Location

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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


Biological Outcomes of this project: Enhanced rates of repeat spawning in wild/natural populations of summer steelhead. Increased spawning escapement and egg deposition in steelhead-producing streams. Development of endemic broodstocks for supplementation without depleting wild populations.
Biological Data: 1. Natural rates of repeat spawning (for comparison). 2. Results of pilot reconditioning efforts by the YN (1999) and ODFW (1998, 1999). 3. Results of 20 years of Atlantic salmon reconditioning. 4. Potential numbers of kelts available for collection at sites throughout the basin. 5. Number of wild kelts collected at Chandler Dam on the Yakima R. in year 2000.


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

Year Accomplishment
1999 CRITFC documented with ultrasound examinations that 85% (~2,000) of the adult steelhead removed from the Little Goose juvenile separator in spring 1999 were kelts. Many were in excellent condition; ca. 800 were wild (Corps-funded companion project).
2000 YN returned 7 wild reconditioned kelts to the Yakima R. on 2/3/00, at least 2 of which have since been observed moving upstream (precursor project, various funding sources)
2000 5 reconditioned steelhead (of 11 collected in spring 1999) are still alive at ODFW's Wallowa Hatchery 5/1/00 (LSRCP-funded precursor/companion project)
2000 As of 4/27/00, 85%-90% of the adult steelhead removed from the Lower Granite juvenile separator in 2000 have been kelts; approximately 48% of those have been wild (Corps-funded companion project).
2000 As of 4/28/00, the YN has collected 407 wild kelts at Chandler Dam, with 90% survival to-date (funded by this project).


Section 3. Relationships to Other Projects

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Section 4. Budget for Planning and Design Phase

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Outyear Objective-Based Budget

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Outyear Budgets for Planning and Design Phase

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Section 5. Budget for Construction and Implementation Phase

Task-based Budget

Objective Task Duration in FYs Estimated 2001 cost Subcontractor
1. Yakima River: Collect and recondition wild kelts at Chandler Dam/Prosser Hatchery and test specialized diets (YN) a. Collect wild kelts at the Chandler juvenile facility. 2001-2005 $ 10,471 x
b. Recondition kelts at Prosser Hatchery while testing commercial and specially formulated diets. Reconditioning: 2001-2005. Diet tests: 2001-2002 $ 67,247 x
c. Release reconditioned kelts into the Yakima River for natural spawning. 2001-2005 $ 3,490 x
2. NE Oregon: Collect and recondition wild/natural kelts in Grande Ronde subbasin streams and test feeding methods (ODFW/CTUIR) a. Collect wild/natural kelts at weirs in Catherine Cr., the upper Grande Ronde, and perhaps other streams and transport them to the reconditioning facility. 2001-2005 $ 0 x
b. Recondition wild/natural kelts at Wallowa and/or Irrigon hatcheries while testing passive and active methods to reinitiate feeding. Reconditioning: 2001-2005. Feeding: 2001. $ 30,117 x
c. Captive spawn reconditioned kelts and evaluate fecundity and gamete viability 2001-2002 $ 3,346 x
3. Evaluate and produce specialized diets for reconditioning kelts (USFWS Abernathy Fish Technology Center) a. Evaluate kelt nutritional needs relative to existing commercial diets and potential specialized formulations. 2001-2003 $ 4,349 x
b. Produce (starter) paste diets for testing in the Yakima and NE Oregon tasks. 2001-2002 $ 10,953 x
c. Provide technical liaison with commercial feed companies to produce special diet (pellets) for kelts. 2001-2004 $ 1,863 x
4. Evaluate the management implications of kelt reconditioning (CRITFC) a. Assess the risks and benefits (genetic and demographic) of enhancing repeat spawning in wild/natural populations of steelhead. 2001 $ 23,372  
b. Gather, summarize, and analyze data on the costs of reconditioning kelts. 2001-2005 $ 7,769  
5. Provide planning, coordination, and information exchange for the kelt reconditioning program (CRITFC) a. Revise the long-range research plan, write proposals and budgets, and negotiate work statements and budgets with existing and new cooperators/subcontractors. 2001-2004 $ 30,256  
b. Compile data, report results, and facilitate the exchange of information and technology about reconditioning steelhead kelts in the Basin. 2001-2005 $ 34,749  


Outyear Objective-Based Budget

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Outyear Budgets for Construction and Implementation Phase

FY 2005 FY 2003 FY 2004 FY 2002
$110,000 $320,000 $190,000 $330,000


Section 6. Budget for Operations and Maintenance Phase

Task-based Budget

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Outyear Objective-Based Budget

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Section 7. Budget for Monitoring and Evaluation Phase

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Section 8. Estimated Budget Summary

Itemized Budget

Item Note FY 2001 Cost
Personnel FTE: 1.0 $ 45,580
Fringe $ 14,358
Supplies $ 5,170
Travel $ 5,122
Indirect $ 25,915
PIT tags # of tags: 600 $ 1,440
Subcontractor Yakama Nation $ 66,929
Subcontractor ODFW $ 33,463
Subcontractor USFWS Abernathy Fish Technology Center $ 17,165
Subcontractor Bio-Oregon (pelleted diet for Prosser Hatchery) $ 12,840
Total Itemized Budget $227,982


Total estimated budget

Total FY 2001 project cost $227,982
Amount anticipated from previously committed BPA Funds $ 0
Total FY 2001 budget request $227,982
FY 2001 forecast from 2000 $ 70,000
% change from forecast 225.7%


Reason for change in estimated budget

We are adding tasks, fish, and partners. 1. We added a benefit/risk assessment task (primarily genetic concerns) per ISRP recommendation. 2. We propose to increase the scope and pace of the project after finding that: a) kelts are far more abundant and available than originally believed, b) reconditioning success rates of 50% are already achievable, and c) based on the 50% rate the concept appears feasible for expeditious implementation while some critical questions are evaluated. 3. A 5-year research plan has now identified many of the critical questions and proposed a rationale and a schedule for addressing them. Those critical questions include (among others): Are existing commercial diets optimal for reconditioning post-spawning steelhead? Does reconditioning diminish homing ability? And are the gametes of reconditioned kelts as numerous and viable as those of virgin spawners?


Reason for change in scope

In the last year kelt reconditioning has shown considerable promise for increasing the abundance of wild/natural steelhead populations. Basinwide each year, thousands of ESA-listed summer steelhead are removed from juvenile collection systems and tributary weirs and returned to the river. On average, 1-4% of them survive to spawn again. If those kelts were collected and reconditioned, >50% of them could spawn again the next year. In 2000, the Yakama Nation has collected >30% of the run of ESA-threatened Yakima River summer steelhead as the kelts pass back over Chandler Dam. Those that are successfully reconditioned (mostly females) and released for spawning this winter will represent a 20%-25% increase in the potential egg deposition in the wild stocks. Reconditioning is ready for wider application. A 5-year plan has been drafted to facilitate progressive implementation throughout the Basin while simultaneously refining the technology and answering some important questions.


Cost Sharing

Not applicable
 

Outyear Budget Totals

2002 2003 2004 2005
Construction/implementation $330,000 $320,000 $190,000 $110,000
Total Outyear Budgets $330,000 $320,000 $190,000 $110,000
 

Other Budget Explanation

Not applicable


Reviews and Recommendations

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

CBFWA Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Ongoing Funding: yes; New Funding: yes
Date:
Jul 14, 2000
2001
$153,992
Comment:
The MainSys SRT supports this work. The expansion of the work needs to be reviewed in a technical forum as the project increases in size and application. We agree that the pilot project has been very exciting but as it turns into a program it needs further review.

The sponsors are adding tasks, fish, and partners.

  1. They propose adding a benefit/risk assessment task (primarily genetic concerns) per ISRP recommendation (Section 4, Objective 4 - $31,141).
  2. They propose to increase the scope and pace of the project after finding that:
    1. kelts are far more abundant and available than originally believed,
    2. reconditioning success rates of 50% are already achievable, and
    3. based on the 50% rate the concept appears feasible for expeditious implementation while some critical questions are evaluated (Section 4, Objective 2 - $33,463, Section 4, Objective 3 - $17,165).
  3. A 5-year research plan has now identified many of the critical questions and proposed a rationale and a schedule for addressing them.
Those critical questions include (among others): Are existing commercial diets optimal for reconditioning post-spawning steelhead? Does reconditioning diminish homing ability? And are the gametes of reconditioned kelts as numerous and viable as those of virgin spawners?

In the last year kelt reconditioning has shown considerable promise for increasing the abundance of wild/natural steelhead populations. Basinwide each year, thousands of ESA-listed summer steelhead are removed from juvenile collection systems and tributary weirs and returned to the river. On average, 1-4% of them survives to spawn again. If those kelts were collected and reconditioned, >50% of them could spawn again the next year.

In 2000, the Yakama Nation has collected >30% of the run of ESA-threatened Yakima River summer steelhead as the kelts pass back over Chandler Dam. Those that are successfully reconditioned (mostly females) and released for spawning this winter will represent a 20%-25% increase in the potential egg deposition in the wild stocks.

Reconditioning is ready for wider application. A 5-year plan has been drafted to facilitate progressive implementation throughout the Basin while simultaneously refining the technology and answering some important questions.


NWPPC Funding Recommendation Recommendation:
Fund
Date:
Sep 13, 2000
2001
$153,992
Comment:

NW Power and Conservation Council's FY 2006 Project Funding Review Funding category:
expense
Date:
May 2005
FY05 NPCC Start of Year:
$400,000
FY06 NPCC Staff Preliminary:
$400,000
FY06 NPCC July Draft Start of Year:
$400,000
Sponsor (Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission) Comments (Go to Original on NPCC Website):

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