BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal
Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget
see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations
Title of project
Annual Fish Marking Program-Missing Hatchery Production Groups OR/WA/ID (USFWS)
BPA project number 8906500
Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Sponsor type WA-Federal Agency
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
|Mailing address||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
9317 Highway 99, Suite 1
Vancouver, WA 98665
BPA technical contact Jerry Bauer, EWN 503/230-7579
Biological opinion ID NMFS BO - Basic Monitoring
NWPPC Program number 7.2D.4
The USFWS will continue to mark various groups of fish for BPA funded projects using mobile fish marking trailers at federal and state hatcheries in the Columbia River basin. Marking allows tracking of these fish with CWT, freeze brands, fin clips and PIT tags. The Service will continue to provide base data from hatchery releases used to evaluate survival, contribution and hatchery goals.
Project start year 1989 End year
Start of operation and/or maintenance
Project development phase Implementation
The project started in1983 (as project 8300600 "Operation and Maintenance of BPA Fish Marking Trailers"). In 1995, projects 8906500 and 8300600 were combined and the Service has marked over 23 million fish for evaluation in the Columbia River basin for these BPA funded projects.
Since 1983 the Service has marked juvenile salmonids throughout the region for BPA funded projects and has maintained several fish marking trailers. The Service has conducted the fish marking for several long-term ongoing marking projects including the following: Columbia River Basin Smolt Monitoring Program, Yakima Basin Evaluation Program, and various other evaluation studies. The Service has participated in the Missing Production Hatchery Groups Coded-Wire Tag Evaluation Study since 1989.
*Totals shown for historic funding are for both project 8300600 and 890065 combined. Funding has fluctuated over the years due to variations in the fish marking programs.
Biological results achieved
Over 23 million juvenile salmonids have been marked for evaluation in the Columbia River basin. The various purposes of evaluation include: to estimate the survival of each release group, to estimate the contribution of each release group to ocean and inriver fisheries, to estimate straying rate of hatchery fish, to estimate smolt migration speed, to evaluate hatchery practices, and individual broodstocks.
Annual reports and technical papers
"Annual Coded Wire Tag Program: Missing Production Groups" Annual Reports 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995.
"Operation and Maintenance of BPA Fish Marking Trailer" Annual Reports, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987,1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995.
This information will be used to evaluate hatchery practices and individual broodstocks. It will also enable salmon harvest managers to develop a scenario to harvest excess hatchery fish while protecting the threatened or endangered stocks.
Specific measureable objectives
Continue to mark fish for evaluation studies.
Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
Assumption that hatchery evaluation studies and smolt monitoring need to continue.
Fish will be marked at Columbia River hatcheries with mobile fish marking trailers. In order to meet objectives, a minimum of one marked group of fish for each production release is necessary for evaluation. All fish released from the various facilities along with mark/unmarked ratios are reported to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). All fish recovered in various fisheries or at the hatchery are sampled to recover coded-wire tags. This information is then reported to the PSMFC along with sampling rate. Contribution to various fisheries and survival of the release groups can then be estimated from this information.
Brief schedule of activities
In 1997 4,400,000 fish will be marked for this project for an estimated cost of $278,000.
BPA funded fish projects need to be marked and evaluated.
All necessary fish will be marked and evaluated.
Summary of expected outcome
Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
Continue ongoing fish marking, monitoring and evaluation of BPA funded projects.
|Historic costs||FY 1996 budget data*||Current and future funding needs|
* 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.
CBFWA funding review group System Policy
Recommendation Tier 1 - fund
Recommended funding level $278,000
BPA 1997 authorized budget (approved start-of-year budget) $363,000