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
Pacific Lamprey Research and Restoration Project
BPA project number 9402600
Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Sponsor type OR-Tribe
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
|Mailing address||Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
P.O. Box 638
Pendleton, OR 97801
BPA technical contact Deborah Docherty, EWN 503/230-4458
Biological opinion ID None
NWPPC Program number 7.5F.1
Assess status and survival limitations of Pacific lamprey, develop restoration plans and implement in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington.
Project start year 1995 End year
Start of operation and/or maintenance
Project development phase Planning, Implementation
No other lamprey restoration projects ongoing.
The once-abundant Pacific lamprey populations are believed to be severely depressed or absent in mid and upper Columbia and Snake River tributaries where hydroelectric projects have created serious migration impacts. To date, little attention has been given to the enhancement efforts for this species. Depressed upriver lamprey runs have forced the tribes to gather this traditional food fish in lower Columbia locations and declining runs have impacted treaty secured fishing rights. The tribes desire to see lamprey problems identified and restoration plans developed and implemented within 3 to 4 years.
Biological results achieved
Only status report completed at this time. Anticipated eventual results are enhancement or reestablishment of depressed or extirpated lamprey populations.
Annual reports and technical papers
Status report to BPA initially and annual reports thereafter.
The initial project will involve research on Pacific lamprey abundance, distribution, habitat condition, passage impacts, and transplantation or artificial production techniques. This information will enable managers to identify problems and potential solutions to be later implemented.
Specific measureable objectives
Address lamprey population limiting factors by implementing mainstem and tributary restoration measures. Rebuild/restore currently depressed/absent populations to levels which can be self sustaining and provide for traditional tribal fisheries. Conduct lamprey counts at mainstem dams to help measure success.
Underlying assumptions or critical constraints
1) Monitor lamprey abundance at mainstem Columbia and Snake River dams
2) Identify past and present distribution of lamprey in NE Oregon and SE Washington subbasins
3) Identify habitat limiting factors, both in tributaries (spawning & rearing) and the mainstem Columbia River (passage)
4) Research transplantation and artificial propagation techniques and identify potential stock sources
5) Develop and implement lamprey restoration projects in mainstem Columbia and/or tributaries
Brief schedule of activities
Initial status report was completed in 1995. Monitor abundance at mainstem dams starting in 1996. Passage research and evaluation of artificial production/transplantation to begin in 1997. Implementation of lamprey restoration projects to begin in 1998 or 1999.
The once abundant Pacific lamprey populations in the Columbia and Snake rivers are thought to be severely depressed or extirpated in many locations. Without efforts to identify the problems and implement solutions or restoration projects, the Pacific lamprey will likely go extinct in the entire upper Columbia and Snake rivers and tributaries.
Numerous habitat problems are suspected to be responsible for the currently low lamprey populations. Specifically, mainstem passage and tributary spawning/ rearing are thought to be the critically impacted life history stages. This project will help clarify these problems and recommend actions to address them.
Summary of expected outcome
Following identification of limiting factors and development and implementation of restoration actions, the downward trend in upper Columbia and Snake river lamprey populations would be expected to stop and numbers would likely begin to increase.
Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation
The tribe will coordinate with U.S. Army COE to conduct adult lamprey counts and sample juveniles at existing smolt facilities at mainstem dams. The Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission and Oregon State University will participate in the project. A multi-agency work group will be formed to address issues related to transplantation and artificial production.
Proposed action includes abundance monitoring at mainstem dams. This would initially be conducted to document population status and continued to monitor success of restoration efforts.
|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 $352,000
BPA 1997 authorized budget (approved start-of-year budget) $300,000