BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal

Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget

see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations

Section 1. Administrative

Title of project
Examine Feasibility of Smolt Supplementation Programs

BPA project number   5518000

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
TBD

Sponsor type   Placeholder

Proposal contact person or principal investigator
 NameTBD
 Mailing address
 Phone

BPA technical contact   ,

Biological opinion ID   Research M&E Program; hyp E.2

NWPPC Program number   7.3B

Short description

Project start year   1997    End year   

Start of operation and/or maintenance   0

Project development phase   PLANNING

Section 2. Narrative

Related projects

Project history

Biological results achieved

Annual reports and technical papers

Management implications

Specific measureable objectives

Testable hypothesis
HYPOTHESIS E.2: SMOLT RELEASES DERIVED FROM LOCAL BROODSTOCK HAVE NO EFFECT ON THE ABUNDANCE OF SMOLTS IN UNDER-SEEDED STREAMS.

Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
Can the study be done? Probably yes; beyond evaluating existing data, a carefully crafted experimental strategy would have to be developed.

Methods
This study would initially consist of an evaluation of the production strategies used in various portions of the Columbia River basin. For example, the mid-Columbia settlement agreements of Chelan and Douglas public utility districts should be examined. Those programs take eggs from naturally-produced spring chinook in tributaries, rear resulting progeny separately from other hatchery production, and release them as yearlings into acclimation ponds in the natal area. Similar programs use summer/fall chinook in the Wenatchee River and above Wells Dam.

Effects of the mid-Columbia programs on age structure and genetics of native demes are yet to be evaluated. Benefits to adult returns are promising in at least one instance (Similkameen River) but uncertain in others. An example of questions that attend the smolt supplementation program in the mid-Columbia region is distribution of spawners as affected by release from acclimation ponds. The releases may tend to move spawning lower in the supplemented system, toward less productive areas. Considerable information can be obtained from this and

Brief schedule of activities

Biological need

Critical uncertainties

Summary of expected outcome

Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation

Risks

Monitoring activity

Section 3. Budget

Data shown are the total of expense and capital obligations by fiscal year. Obligations for any given year may not equal actual expenditures or accruals within the year, due to carryover, pre-funding, capitalization and difference between operating year and BPA fiscal year.

Historic costsFY 1996 budget data*Current and future funding needs
(none) New project - no FY96 data available 1997: 300,000
1998: 500,000
1999: 500,000
2000: 500,000
2001: 500,000

* For most projects, Authorized is the amount recommended by CBFWA and the Council. Planned is amount currently allocated. Contracted is the amount obligated to date of printout.

Funding recommendations

CBFWA funding review group   System Policy

Recommendation    Tier 2 - fund when funds available

Recommended funding level   $300,000