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
Assessment of Captive Broodstock Tech

BPA project number   9305600

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding

Sponsor type   WA-Federal Agency

Proposal contact person or principal investigator
 NamePenny Swanson
 Mailing addressNational Marine Fisheries Service
U.S. Dept of Commerce
2725 Montlake Blvd East
Seattle, WA 98112

BPA technical contact   Jerry Bauer, EWN 503/230-7579

Biological opinion ID   None

NWPPC Program number   7.4D.1

Short description
This project generates information needed to overcome some of the barriers that limit the yield of viable offspring from Pacific salmon broodstock reared in captivity, and evaluates some of the genetic consequences of captive broodstock programs.

Project start year   1993    End year   2001

Start of operation and/or maintenance   

Project development phase   Implementation

Section 2. Narrative

Related projects

Project history
In response to Task 4.1.c in the NMFS Proposed Recovery Plan and to Measure 7.4D.1 in the NPPC F & W Program, this research project develops information needed to overcome some of the problems that limit the yield of viable offspring from Pacific salmon stocks reared in captivity, and assesses some of the genetic consequences of captive broodstock programs. The high fecundity of Pacific salmon, coupled to their potentially high survival in protective culture, affords the opportunity for captive broodstocks to produce large numbers of juveniles in a single generation for supplementation of natural salmon populations. However, numerous problems have been encountered by captive broodstock programs including poor survival of adults to maturity and poor quality gametes. Furthermore, the reproductive success of captively-reared fish compared to wild fish, and the genetic consequences of captive rearing are largely unknown. Fish culture methods need improvement to minimize changes in the genetic, physiological, and behavioral characteristics of the fish. This project is conducted by a multidisciplinary research team that includes scientists from NMFS, University of Washington, WDFW, NBS, the Suquamish Tribe, and the NW Indian Fisheries Commission. Cooperation of scientists with a wide range of expertise in one location increases the cost-effectiveness of this research and integrates various scientific disciplines into a sensible, comprehensive program.

Biological results achieved
This study does not directly alter habitat or produce fish for release to enhance depressed stocks. Surrogate stocks of fish are reared as part of experiments to test specific hypotheses and to ultimately develop improved methods for captive rearing of wild stocks of Pacific salmon. Below are results obtained during 1994-1995 that are directly applicable to captive broodstock programs.

* Comparison of Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon broodstock reared in fresh water throughout the lifecycle to those reared for a period in filtered seawater indicated that fish reared in fresh water for the complete life-cycle had higher survival to spawning, were larger in body size, and had larger eggs. Gamete quality, in terms of fertilization rates and survival of offspring to the eyed-stage did not differ between these two groups. Results from this study suggest that broodstock programs which rear fish in fresh water through-out the life cycle would have higher yield of viable offspring that those reared for a period in seawater.
*Sockeye and coho salmon fry reared on live food (Artemia) had higher growth than those reared on commercially-available diets.

* Implants containing gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue successfully induced ovulation and milt production in coho and sockeye salmon broodstock without affecting gamete qualtity. The dosage of hormone, mode of administration, and timing of response was determined for both species. This technology was successfully used to induce spawning in a few Redfish Lake sockeye salmon broodstock and one wild male, and in wild Sacramento River winter run chinook salmon captured for the captive broodstock program in California.

* Comparison of juvenile chinook salmon reared on five levels of dietary fat and similar growth rates indicated that the percentage of early male maturity ( as 2 year-old fish) was correlated with body fat levels. These data suggest that reducing fat levels in captively-reared fish by reducing dietary fat may reduce the rate of early male maturation.

Annual reports and technical papers
Flagg, T. A. and Mahnken, C.V. W. 1995. An Assessment of the Status of Captive Broodstock Technology for Pacific Salmon. Report to the Bonneville Power Administration, Contract DE-aI79-93BP55064, 295p.

Management implications
The information generated from this project will be directly applied to captive broodstock programs to aid recovery of endangered or threatened stocks of Pacific salmon. The research in this project has been designed to address specific problems incurred by ongoing captive broodstock programs, or to evaluate unknown risks of captive rearing versus captive breeding strategies. The results from the genetic studies will be used to determine the genetic consequences of captive broodstock programs for the viability of natural salmon populations, thus evaluating the risks of captive broodstock programs as rehabilitative tools.

Specific measureable objectives
The overall objective of this project is to develop standard, efficient hatchery practices for rearing captive Pacific salmon broodstock that yield the greatest number of high-quality offspring (those that are as similar to the founder stock as possible). Specific objectives include:
* develop broodstock diets that improve egg quality
* develop diets and rearing regimes that minimize early male maturity in chinook salmon
* develop technology to control spawning time in Pacific salmon species to minimize loss of gametes due to prespawning mortality and to synchronize spawning in male & female broodstock
* test rearing temperatures for adult sockeye salmon broodstock that optimize survival of adults to spawning and do not impair gamete quality
* develop anti-bacterial therapies for reducing mortality due to bacterial kidney disease
* determine reproductive success of captively-reared adult coho salmon
* quantify genetic effects of inbreeding and outbreeding depression

Testable hypothesis
This project tests a number of specific null hypotheses:
1. Rearing sockeye salmon broodstock in fresh water or seawater does not affect survival of adults to spawning, timing of maturation, age of maturity, qualtity of gametes, or viability of offspring
2. Timing of transfer of seawater-reared broodstock to fresh water prior to spawning does not affect survival or reproductive performance of broodstock.
3. Rearing temperature (8 -12 0C) does not affect development, reproductive performance, timing or age of maturity, immune function, or disease resistance in captively-reared sockeye salmon.
4. Reproductive performance of adult sockeye salmon fed diets enhanced with elevated levels of vitamins, dietary protein, or carotenoid do not differ from fish fed commercially available broodstock diets.
5. Growth, condition, and behavior of juvenile salmon fed live food do not differ from that of salmon fed commercially available diets.
6. Disease-challenged fry fed either untreated live foods (e.g. Artemia ) or those which have been treated with antibiotics do not differ in rates of infection or mortality due to disease (e.g. bacterial kidney disease) .
7. Sockeye salmon adults (2-3 years of age) fed diets with elevated fat levels do not differ from those fed commercially available broodstock diets or diets with reduced fat levels in terms of age of maturity or gamete quality.
8. Increased growth rates or rates of fat deposition during critical periods (autumn or spring) of the life-cycle do not alter the number of male chinook salmon maturing as 1 or 2-year old fish.
9. The effectiveness of azithromycin as antibacterial therapy to reduce mortality due to bacterial kidney disease does not differ from erythromycin.
10. The effectiveness of gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue in inducing ovulation or milt production is not altered by the timing of administration, dose, or mode of administration.
11. The quality of gametes is not affected by artificial induction of ovulation or milt production with gonadotropin-releasing hormone.
12. Reproductive success of wild and captively-reared adult coho salmon do not differ.
13. Inbreeding does not affect body shape, growth, age of maturity, fecundity, egg size, disease resistance, survival of fish to spawning, or rate of return in chinook salmon.
14. Outbreeding depression does not occur in closely related populations (e.g. wild fish and hatchery fish that are derived from them) of Pacific salmon.

Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
Two general assumptions were made in the development of research conducted in this project. The assumptions were based on a thorough review of literature related to captive broodstock technology.
1. Problems with poor survival of adults, poor gamete quality, and abnormal timing of spawning are due primarily to rearing conditions, unsuitable diets, inappropriate timing of life-cycle transitions due to elevated growth rates, or inadequate therapies for treating disease. Establishing rearing regimes, diets, environmental conditions that lead to normal life-cycle transitions and high survival rates of broodstock and their offspring should aid in overcoming these problems.
2. Inbreeding and outbreeding depression are potential genetic risks to population viability.

Experiments are listed briefly in the order used for testable hypotheses.
1. 1990- and 1991-brood Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon were reared from fertilized egg to spawning adults in either fresh water (Univ. Of Washington, Big Beef Creek Field Station), filtered and UV-treated seawater, or net-pens in seawater (NMFS Manchester Marine Field Station). Adult fish were reared in tanks or net-pens (3 tanks/treatment) to maturity. Rates of survival, growth, age of maturity, gamete quality, and rates of survival of offspring were evaluated. Data are being analyzed by ANOVA, and ANCOVA.
2. 1993-Brood Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon reared in tanks supplied with fresh water through smoltification and seawater net-pens through maturity as 4-year old fish will be transfered to freshwater tanks 1-4 months prior to historical spawning time for this stock (mid-September). Survival of fish to spawning, timing of spawning, gamete quality, and survival of offspring will be compared. Data will be analyzed by ANOVA.
3. Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon (1994-brood) are being reared in freshwater tanks (3 tanks/treatment) under one of three temperature regimes: constant 8 0C, constant 12 0C, or seasonally fluctuating temperature (8-12 0C). Rates of growth, development, and maturation are being monitored by destructive monthly subsampling. Immune function and disease-resistance are monitored twice annually (spring and fall) from 1996 through 1998. Age of maturity, timing of smoltification and maturation, gamete quality, immune function (both humoral and cellular- mediated immunity) will be compared among treatments. Statistical analysis will include ANOVA, ANCOVA,regression, and nonparametric tests.
4. Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon (1993-brood year) fed one commercial and two test-diets (3 tanks/treatment) are being reared in freshwater tanks throughout the life-cycle. Two test diets include : enhanced vitamins and supplemented carotenoids, or elevated fat (22%). Growth, body composition, gonadal development are monitored with destructive subsampling. Age of maturity (3-5 years of age), growth, egg size, gamete quality, and offspring survival will be evaluated by ANOVA and ANCOVA.
5. Growth in Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon fry (1994- and 1995-brood fish) fed either live Artemia (adult or nauplii), Biodiet, or dried adult Artemia (3 tanks per treatment) are being compared during a 6-week feeding trial, and after all fish are changed to a commercial diet( Biodiet).
6. Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon fry (1995-brood) are fed either Artemia or Artemia treated with erythromycin (3 tanks/treatment). Fry from each treatment are challenged with the causative agent of bacterial kidney disease (BKD), and infection with BKD is monitored by ELISA and mortality due to BKD is determined.
7. Test of elevated fat level is include in experiment outlined in #4.
8. A 2 x 2 factorial designed experiment to test the effects of growth rate versus body fat levels on early male maturity is being conducted with White River spring chinook salmon (1995-brood). Fish are reared on high ration and either high- or low-fat diets, or low ration and high- or low-fat diets. Addtional treatments are included during the autumn of 1996 and spring of 1997: subgroups of low-fat high ration fish are fed high-fat diets during either the autumn or spring to increase body fat levels during supposed critical periods of development. Growth, body composition, smoltification, gonadal development, and number of males maturing as 1- or 2-year old fish are compared among the treatments.
9. Juvenile sockeye salmon are fed diets containing either no antibiotic, or one of three doses of either erythromycin or azithromycin (2 tanks per treatment). Fish are challenged with the causative agent of BKD and mortality due to BKD is monitored.
10 &11. Sexually mature coho salmon (Domsea broodstock) or Lake Wenatchee sockeye salmon (wild fish captured during spawning migration during autumn 1995), were treated (10 fish/treatment) with one of two doses of gonadotropin-releasing hormone analogue (25 or 75 ęg) in either biodegradable microspheres or pelleted implants one month prior to the normal spawning period for these stocks. Timing of ovulation or sperm production, egg size, milt volume, sperm motility, fertilization rates, and survival of offspring to eyed-stage were monitored and compared among the treatment groups. Data were analyzed by ANOVA and ANCOVA.
12. Reproductive success of two geographically proximate populations of wild and captively-reared coho salmon
are being evaluated by observing mating in a closed stream environment and DNA fingerprinting of all adults used in the experiment and fry produced. In addition, gamete quality and survival of offspring produced by wild and captively-reared adults are compared in a 3 x 3 factorial designed mating matrix (wild-wild versus wild-captive, versus captive-captive crosses).
13. Inbreeding is being evaluated in a conventional nested breeding design using Grover's Creek fall chinook salmon and genetic crosses with 100 full-sib families and 30 half-sib families. Life history characters will be evaluated in F1 and F2 offspring.
14. Outbreeding depression experiments will start in Oct. 1996. The experiments will employ 3 populations of coho salmon (2 hatchery and one wild) and their first and second generation hybrids to test different genetic models of population divergence. These tests will be used to detect whether outbreeding depression occurs and if it exists, to determine its genetic mechanism.

Brief schedule of activities
Activities in FY 1997 will proceed as outlined in description of experiments. Because many of the experiments require rearing of fish for 3-5 years to complete the life-cycle, experiments initiated in 1994 with developing fry will obtain first results with fish maturing at 3 years of age during fall 1997, and annually thereafter.
1. Montior smoltification (during spring 1997) and survival of offspring (brood year 1995) from adult sockeye salmon reared in fresh versus saltwater. (Exp. Outlined in #1 of Methods).
2. During fall 1997, experiment #2 in Methods section will be performed.
3. Throughout 1997, rearing, monitoring and spawning of fish maturing at 4 years of age will be performed for experiment described in #4 in Methods section.
4. Rearing of fish and monitoring of maturation in male chinook salmon at 2 years of age in experiment #8 of methods section will be conducted. Sample analyses will be performed throughout 1997.
5. Replicate experiments of testing live foods for first-feeding fry will continue during 1997 (experiment # 5).
6. Testing of live-foods as a mode of administration of preventative therapeutants for BKD to fry will continue with first-feeding fry during Feb. 1997, and monitoring will continue through summer 1997.
7. Further testing of azithromycin as a treatment for BKD will continue with juvenile chinook salmon throughout 1997.
8. Replicate experiment as described in #12 of Methods section will be performed in late 1996 and throughout 1997. Sample analyses from experiment conducted in 1996 and 1997 will continue during 1997.
9. Experiments on inbreeding will continue during 1997 (experiment #13 in Methods section).
10. Experiment on outbreeding depression will be initiated during fall 1996 and continue through 2001 (experiment # 14 in methods section).
11. Sample and data analyses for experiments conducted during 1996 will continue throughout 1997.

Biological need
While basic fish husbandry techniques are well established and widely used for rearing juvenile salmonids from gametes collected from returning adults, and domesticated stocks of salmonids in the commercial aquaculture industry, numerous problems have persisted when rearing wild stocks of Pacific salmon in captivity throughout the life-cycle. These problems include poor survival of adults to spawning, poor quality gametes, and abnormal seasonal timing of spawning. The success of captive broodstock programs for stock restoration purposes is largely dependent on producing a high yield of offspring that do not differ substantially from the founder stock in genetics, behavior, appearance, or physiology. Solutions to the problems encountered by broodstock programs are needed to maximize the effectiveness of these programs as rehabilitative tools. In addition, the reproductive success of captively-reared fish must be evaluated to determine if release of captively-reared adults is a viable strategy.

Critical uncertainties

Summary of expected outcome
The overall goal of this project is to develop diets, rearing regimes, hatchery practices,and drug therapies that improve survival of adults to spawning, gamete quality, and viability of offspring and that can be applied to captive broodstock programs for depressed stocks of Pacific salmon.

Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
This project involves and depends on the cooperation of state (WDFW) and federal agencies (NMFS, NBS) universities (Univ. Washington), private nonprofit organizations (Long Live the Kings) and tribes (Suquamish tribe). Staff and scientists from all of these entities actively participate in various aspects of the research described above.

There are no known risks of this research project to natural salmon populations.

Monitoring activity
Projects outcomes will be measured by results obtained from each experiment. Efforts will be directed to communicate results in written (reports and published manuscripts) and oral (presentations at workshops or meetings) form.

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
1993: 221,000
1994: 1,100,000
1995: 1,101,100
Obligation: 0
Authorized: 979,000
Planned: 979,000
1997: 1,000,000
1998: 1,500,000
1999: 1,500,000
2000: 1,500,000

* 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 1 - fund

Recommended funding level   $1,000,000

BPA 1997 authorized budget (approved start-of-year budget)   $1,000,000