BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1998 Proposal

Section 1. Summary
Section 2. Goals
Section 3. Background
Section 4. Purpose and methods
Section 5. Planned activities
Section 6. Outcomes, monitoring and evaluation
Section 7. Relationships
Section 8. Costs and FTE

see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations

Section 1. Summary

Title of project
Fisheries Technician Field Activities

BPA project number   8812008

Short description
Retain 14 Yakama employees to assist in field data collection, task activities/assignments, and special fishery related projects consistent with the overall objectives of YKFP. Retain 10 temporary employees to operate Chandler and Roza.

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding
Yakama Indian Nation

Proposal contact person or principal investigator
 NameMel Sampson, PA/PC for YKFP
 Mailing address
Toppenish, WA 98948-0151
 Phone509/865-6262
 Emailyinmel@wolfenet.com
   

Sub-contractors
N/A

Section 2. Goals

General
Supports a healthy Columbia basin; maintains biological diversity; maintains genetic integrity; increases run sizes or populations; adaptive management (research or M&E); program coordination or planning; basinwide; education

Target stockLife stageMgmt code (see below)
Upper Yakima spring chinookPrespawning adult through smoltS, W
Naches River spring chinookPrespawning adult through smoltS, W
American River spring chinookPrespawning adult through smoltS, W
Yakima mainstem fall chinookPrespawning adult through smoltS, W
Satus creek summer steelheadPrespawning adult through smoltS, W
Toppenish creek summer steelheadPrespawning adult through smoltS, W
Upper Yakima summer steelheadPrespawning adult through smoltS, W
Naches Subbasin summer steelheadPrespawning adult through smoltS, W
Yakima basin cohoPrespawning adult through smoltE, S

 
Affected stockBenefit or detriment
Yakima basin rainbow troutNeutral
Yakima basin bull troutBeneficial
Yakima basin west slope cutthroatNeutral
PredatorsBeneficial
MutualistsBeneficial
PathogensNeutral
CompetitorsNeutral

Section 3. Background

Stream area affected

Stream name   Yakima, Klickitat and Tributaries
Stream miles affected   Yakima 939 miles - Klickitat 250 miles
Subbasin   Yakima, Klickitat
Land ownership   Tribal, State, Private, Federal

History
The YKFP has been in the Fish and Wildlife plan since 1982. The Yakima phase of the Project initially included an all stock initiative. There still remains an all stock initiative but nat all at once. The Policy Group=s preferred an all stock initiative. There still remains an all stock initiative but it will be implemented through a phase in process. The Policy Group=s preferred alternative that=s included within the FEIS is to implement the supplementation aspects for Spring Chinook and develop and implement a monitoring plan for the now released coho in the basin. The other stocks will be implemented through a tiering process. The Klickitat aspect of the Project currently is doing fishery surveys, population monitoring, habitat inventory, and engineering surveys of passage barriers in the Klickitat River watershed. This is consistent with the Preliminary Design Report.

Biological results achieved
The technicians were utilized to collect pre-supplementation data. This information will be used as a gauge to the effectiveness of supplementation and to assist in the adaptive management concept.

Project reports and papers
Fast, D.E. et al. 1989 Yakima/Klickitat Natural Production and Enhancement Program. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration. Project No. 88-120. Grant DE-A179-88BP93203.
Hubble J.D. et al 1990 Yakima Klickitat Natural Production and Enhancement Program. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration. Project No. 88-120. Grant DE-A179-88BP93203.
Hubble J.D. et al 1991 Yakima Klickitat Natural Production and Enhancement Program. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration. Project No. 88-120. Grant DE-A179-88BP93203.
Hubble J.D. et al 1992 Yakima Klickitat Natural Production and Enhancement Program. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration. Project No. 88-120. Grant DE-A179-88BP93203.
Hubble J.D. et al 1993 Yakima Klickitat Natural Production and Enhancement Program. Prepared for Bonneville Power Administration. Project No. 88-120. Grant DE-A179-88BP93203.

Adaptive management implications
Adaptive Management for the YKFP is based on the data collected by the technicians, includes pre and post supplementation.

Section 4. Purpose and methods

Specific measureable objectives
1) To test the assumption that new supplementation techniques can be used in the Yakima River Basin to increase natural production and to improve harvest opportunities, while maintaining the long-term genetic fitness of the native salmonid populations and keeping adverse ecological interactions within acceptable limits.
2) To provide knowledge about the use of supplementation, so that it may be used to enhance anadromous fisheries throughout the Columbia River Basin.

Critical uncertainties
N/A

Biological need
The technicians will be used in on going and future research/monitoring projects associated with YKFP.

Alternative approaches
N/A

Justification for planning
N/A

Methods
Ten full time and four part time Fisheries Technicians, three Fish Culturists and two Fish Biologists will be retained to assist in field data collection, task/assignments and special fishery related project consistent with the overall objectives of YKFP. The specific tasks /assignments will be determined cooperatively amongst the participating agencies/personnel who need and request their services. These tasks include but are not limited to, operation of the Chandler juvenile fish facility, operation of the Roza adult and juvenile fish facility, spawning ground surveys, coho predation study and assisting WDF&W interaction study.

Section 5. Planned activities

Project completion date   As long as YKFP is in operation this project will be performed.

Constraints or factors that may cause schedule or budget changes
N/A

Section 6. Outcomes, monitoring and evaluation

SUMMARY OF EXPECTED OUTCOMES

Expected performance of target population or quality change in land area affected
The data collected by the technicians will be used to monitor and evaluate the YKFP.

Present utilization and convservation potential of target population or area
N/A

Assumed historic status of utilization and conservation potential
N/A

Long term expected utilization and conservation potential for target population or habitat
N/A

Contribution toward long-term goal
The data collected by the technicians will be used to monitor and evaluate the YKFP.

Indirect biological or environmental changes
N/A

Physical products
N/A

Environmental attributes affected by the project
N/A

Changes assumed or expected for affected environmental attributes
N/A

Measure of attribute changes
N/A

Assessment of effects on project outcomes of critical uncertainty
N/A

Information products
As part of the annual review process, the data collected by the technicians will be statisticly analyzed to monitor and evaluate the YKFP and its adaptive management concept.

Coordination outcomes
N/A

Provisions to monitor population status or habitat quality
With respect to adult salmonids spawning ground surveys (redd counts) are conducted for spring chinook, steelhead (Satus and Toppenish basins only) and coho (around release sites). Adult salmonids are also video monitored at Prosser and Roza dams. Currently, juvenile fish monitoring for all salmonids species occurs at the Chandler Juvenile Facility ( smolts and winter parr outmigrants). Currently, juvenile outmigrant monitoring capabilities are being developed at Roza dam.

Data analysis and evaluation
Data collected will be analyzed and evaluated by the MIPT team of the YKFP.

Information feed back to management decisions
This project is formulated on the adaptive management concept. After the data has been analyzed and evaluated the various scientific committees will make their recommendations to the managers of the YKFP.

Critical uncertainties affecting project's outcomes
N/A

Evaluation
The success of the project will be based on the overall survival of the targeted stocks. This includes post release survival, Long term fitness, Reproductive success, and Species interaction.

Incorporating new information regarding uncertainties
All uncertainties will be addressed by various scientific committees associated with YKFP.

Increasing public awareness of F&W activities
From its inception the YKFP has been very concerned that the public be aware of its intentions and goals. This has been obtained through the use of the various media groups, holding public meetings and giving tours to any interested parties.

Section 7. Relationships

Related BPA projectRelationship
8812004 Training Assistance for Personnel for YKFP needs.Technical personnel support for field data collection, Task assignments and special projects consistent with Y/KFP objectives and needs.Develop enhancement strategies/production objectives for coho; develop stochastic models for progress assessment for spring/fall chinook and steelhead.Chandler certification study, via estimates of upper Yakima smolt production, will determine performance of hatchery groups to identify impacting factors for monitoring and corrections.Klickitat passage/habitat preliminary design.Design/construction for upper Yakima spring chinook supplementation facilities for Y/KFP.Final design for upper Yakima spring chinook acclimation sites & wells.Develop and test M&E plans for Y/KFP.Initiates the tasks needed to provide basic information from fisheries surveys, population monitoring, habitat inventory & engineering surveys for passage barriers for Preliminary Design Report.Effects of acclimation on the survival of spring chinook salmon. M
8812008 Fisheries Technician Field Activities Same as 8812004
8812009 Same as 8812004
8812010 Same as 8812004
9506800 Klickitat Passage/Habitat Preliminary Design Same as 8812004
8811500 Same as 8812004
9006900 Yakima Hatchery - Final Design Same as 8812004
9006300 Same as 8812004
9506800 Klickitat Passage/Habitat Preliminary Design Same as 8812004
8903000 Effects of Acclimation on the Survival of Spring Chinook Salmon Same as 8812004
5507700 Monitoring of Supplementation Response Variables for YKFP Same as 8812004
9506401 Refinement of Marking Methods for YKFP Note - Project Is Closing and Will Note Be Seeking Additional Funds in 1998 and Beyond Same as 8812004
9506402 Same as 8812004
9506404 Policy/Technical Involvement and Planning for YKFP Same as 8812004
9602000 Same as 8812004

Opportunities for cooperation
The technicians work with other contracting agencies ( WDF&W, NMFS, PSMFC, BOR and various private consultants) to collect data used in the implementation, evaluation and monitoring of the YKFP.

Section 8. Costs and FTE

1997 Planned  $822,600

Future funding needs   Past obligations (incl. 1997 if done)
FY$ Need% Plan % Implement% O and M
1998942,893    100%
19991,010,243    100%
20001,010,243    100%
20011,010,243    100%
20021,070,858    100%
 
FYObligated
1994537,924
1995496,850
1996627,288
1997822,565
Total2,484,627

Other non-financial supporters
N/A

Longer term costs   $1,070,857.50


This is for the continued implementation of monitoring and evaluating of the YKFP.

FY97 overhead percent   26.6%

How does percentage apply to direct costs
Total direct costs

Contractor FTE   15
Subcontractor FTE   N/A