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Proposal 199005500: Idaho Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Studies

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Table of Contents
Part 1. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative
Section 2: Project Location
Section 3: Project Species
Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Section 5: Relationship to Other Projects
Section 6: Biological Objectives
Section 7: Work Elements
Section 8: Budget
Section 9: Project Future
Section 10: Documents
Part 2. Reviews
Part 1 of 2. Administration and Budgeting
Section 1: General Administrative Information
Process Information:
Date Proposal Submitted & Finalized Status Form Generator
July 14, 2006 Finalized Alan Byrne

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 199005500
Proposal Name: Idaho Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Studies
BPA Project Manager: Roy Beaty
Agency, Institution or Organization: Idaho Department of Fish & Game
Short Description: This project collects and monitors life history, genetic, and abundance data from wild steelhead populations in Idaho.
Information Transfer: 1. Peer reviewed fisheries journals. 2. PTAGIS database 3. Statewide IDFG databases 4. STREAMNET database
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Alan Byrne IDFG 1414 East Locust Lane
Nampa ID 83686
Ph: 2084658404
Fax: [left blank]
Email: abyrne@idfg.idaho.gov
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Alan Byrne IDFG 1414 East Locust Lane
Nampa ID 83686
Ph: 2084658404
Fax: [left blank]
Email: abyrne@idfg.idaho.gov
Form Submitter
Project Lead
Conan Chiu Idaho Department of Fish and Game 1075 Park Blvd.
Boise, Idaho 83707
Ph: (208) 287-2813
Fax: (208) 334-2148
Email: cchiu@idfg.idaho.gov
Administrative Contact
Dan Schill Idaho Department of Fish and Game 600 S. Walnut St.
Boise, ID 83707
Ph: 208-287-2777
Fax: 208-334-2114
Email: dschill@idfg.idaho.gov
Contract Manager

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mountain Snake ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Clearwater ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
44.8882 -114.7041 Camas Creek Camas Creek drainage Lemhi, Idaho Salmon No
46.3342 -115.3491 Fish Creek Fish Creek screw trap Idaho, Idaho Clearwater Yes
45.0663 -115.7682 Lick Creek Lick Creek screw trap Valley, Idaho Salmon Yes
45.3459 -116.3540 Little Salmon River Little Salmon River screw trap Idaho, Idaho Salmon Yes
45.3772 -116.3533 Little Salmon River Little Salmon River drainage Idaho, Idaho Salmon Yes
46.1519 -115.5899 Lochsa River Lochsa River drainage Idaho, Idaho Clearwater Yes
45.3594 -116.3868 Rapid River Rapid River screw trap Idaho, Idaho Salmon Yes
45.0566 -115.7554 Secesh River Secesh River screw trap Valley, Idaho Salmon Yes
46.1297 -115.5927 Selway River Selway River drainage Idaho, Idaho Clearwater Yes
45.0306 -115.6974 South Fork Salmon River SF Salmon River drainage Valley, Idaho Salmon Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Steelhead Snake River ESU
All Anadromous Salmonids
Bull Trout
Westslope Cutthroat

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 snorkel 26 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 25,918 juvenile steelhead in 23 streams,collect and age adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement,convert databases to Access format,add new screw trap site in Secesh R
2004 Stock hatchery adults,snorkel 32 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 19,069 juvenile steelhead in 17 streams,collect and age adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement,complete genetic analysis of remaining streams
2003 Stock hatchery adults,snorkel 21 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 16,518 juvenile steelhead in 23 streams,collect and age adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement,complete interim genetic analysis report
2002 Stock hatchery adults,snorkel 19 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 14,957 juvenile steelhead in 25 streams,collect and age adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement,gentic analysis done on 40 populations
2001 Stock hatchery adults,snorkel 18 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 17,517 juvenile steelhead in 23 streams,collect adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement,develop protocols for genetic analysis of steelhead
2000 Stock hatchery adults,snorkel 17 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 13,164 juvenile steelhead in 17 streams,collect adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement,collect tissue samples from 72 streams for genetic analysis
1999 Stock hatchery adults & smolts,snorkel 13 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 13,713 juvenile steelhead in 17 streams,collect adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement.
1998 Stock hatchery adults & smolts,snorkel 11 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 7,708 juvenile steelhead in 11 streams,collect adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement. Aged 432 adult & 2,766 juvenile steelhead
1997 Stock adult hatchery steelhead,stock 5,000 smolts in Red River,snorkel 11 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 9,306 juvenile steelhead in 13 streams,collect adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement
1996 Stock adult hatchery steelhead,stock SF Red River with 50,000 hatchery fingerlings,snorkel 11 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 7,998 juvenile steelhead in 11 streams,collect adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement
1995 Stock adult hatchery steelhead, stock SF Red River with 50,000 hatchery fingerlings,snorkel 8 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 3,431 juvenile steelhead in 7 streams, collect adult & juvenile steelhead scales,estimate Fish Creek steelhead escapement
1994 Outplanted adult hatchery steelhead in Beaver & Frenchman creeks, stocked SF Red River with 50,000 hatchery fingerlings,snorkeled 8 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 6,314 juvenile steelhead in 12 streams, collect adult & juvenile steelhead scales
1993 Outplanted adult hatchery steelhead in Beaver & Frenchman creeks, stocked SF Red River with 50,000 hatchery fingerlings,snorkeled 8 streams for steelhead densities,PIT tag 2,870 juvenile steelhead in 6 streams.
1992 A detailed experimental design was developed and submitted to BPA for this project.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
PCSRF - Idaho 027 05 CW Potlatch River Steelhead Popul This project is collecting similar steelhead abundance and life-history data from the Potlatch River that ISMES collects at Fish Creek, Rapid River, and the Secesh River. This will allow comparsions among drainages.
BPA 198712700 Smolt Monitoring By Non-Feder This project obtains smolt estimates at dams on the Snake and Columbia rivers.
BPA 198810804 Streamnet (CIS/NED) Data collected by ISMES is sent to StreamNet.
BPA 198909600 Genetic M&E Prog For Sal/Steel Coordinate data collection and analysis. Cooperate to develop and facilitate interlaboratory standardization of steelhead microsatellite data.
BPA 198909800 Salmon Studies Id Rvrs IDFC Project personnel trap and PIT tag juvenile steelhead and collect scales collected at screw traps. Project personnel help collect fin samples for steelhead DNA analysis.
BPA 199008000 Columbia Basin Pit-Tag Informa We provide data of PIT-tagged steelhead and chinook salmon.
BPA 199102800 Pit Tagging Wild Chinook This project PIT tags juvenile steelhead collected during their sampling of chinook parr in Idaho streams.
BPA 199107300 Idaho Natural Production Monit This project uses PIT tagged steelhead for smolt-to-adult survival analysis. Snorkel density data provided for the GPM database.
BPA 199602000 Pit Tagging Spring/Summer Chin ISMES PIT-tags wild steelhead to use in the CSS study.
BPA 200301600 Pilot Study Land Use/Cover This project is expected to expand and include either the Salmon River upstream of the MF Salmon River or the SF Salmon River drainage in Idaho. ISMES has been monitoring wild steelhead populations in Idaho since 1993 and can provide knowledge gained, data, and coordinate study sites with the Pilot project.
BPA 200303600 CBFWA Monitor/Eval Program Coordinate data collection and analysis

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
Objective 1 Enumerate adult escapement, age, sex ratios, and run timing at index streams in the Clearwater and Salmon drainages. Clearwater A2; I.1; VIII.1 14, 63, 75
Objective 1 Same as listed for the Clearwater SubBasin Plan. Included again to show its relation to the Salmon Subbasin Plan. Salmon 1A2; 2A3; 3C1 20, 24, 25
Objective 2 Same as listed for the Clearwater SubBasin Plan. Included again to show its relation to the Salmon Subbasin Plan. Salmon 2A3; 3C1 24, 25
Objective 2 Monitor juvenile steelhead abundance in tributaries of the Clearwater and Salmon drainages. Clearwater A.2; I.3, VIII.1 14, 63, 75
Objective 3 Estimate juvenile steelhead outmigration and timing in tributaries of the Clearwater and Salmon drainages. Clearwater A.2; I.2; VIII.1 14, 63, 75
Objective 3 Same as listed for the Clearwater SubBasin Plan. Included again to show its relation to the Salmon Subbasin Plan. Salmon 1A2; 3A1; 3A2; 3C2 20, 25
Objective 4 Same as listed for the Clearwater SubBasin Plan. Included again to show its relation to the Salmon Subbasin Plan Salmon 3A2; 3C3 25
Objective 4 Assess age and growth of steelhead juveniles and smolts from tributaries in the Clearwater and Salmon drainages. Clearwater A.2; VIII.1 14, 75
Objective 5 Monitor smolt survival from tributary to Lower Granite Dam, through the hydrosystem, and to adult return. Clearwater A.1; A.2; I.2; VIII.1 14, 14, 63, 75
Objective 5 Same as listed for the Clearwater SubBasin Plan. Included again to show its relation to the Salmon Subbasin Plan. Salmon 1A2; 3C2 20, 25
Objective 6 Same as listed for the Clearwater SubBasin Plan. Included again to show its relation to the Salmon Subbasin Plan. Salmon 1A2; 3A1; 3A2; 3A3 20, 25
Objective 6 Develop productivity metrics (juveniles and/or smolts per female) from wild steelhead stocks. Clearwater A.2; VIII.1 14, 75
Objective 7 Genetic monitoring of steelhead populations in Idaho Clearwater G.1; V.1; VIII.2 23, 70, 75
Objective 7 Same as listed for the Clearwater SubBasin Plan. Included again to show its relation to the Salmon Subbasin Plan. Salmon 2A1; 2A3 23, 24
Objective 8 Same as listed for the Clearwater SubBasin Plan. Included again to show its relation to the Salmon Subbasin Plan. Salmon 3A1; 3C3 25
Objective 8 Monitor water temperature in tributaries of the Clearwater and Salmon drainages. Clearwater II.1; II.2; II.3 64, 65, 65
Objective 9 Conduct a population viability analysis using juvenile steelhead densities. Clearwater A2; VIII.1 14, 75
Objective 9 Same as listed for the Clearwater SubBasin Plan. Included again to show its relation to the Salmon Subbasin Plan. Salmon 2A1; 2A3 23, 24

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze data Analyze data obtained from adult weirs (Objective 1), screw traps (Objective 3), and aging (Objective 4) to develop productivity metrics (juveniles and/or smolts per female) from wild steelhead stocks in Idaho. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $40,367
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 6
Focal Area: Tributaries

Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze data Process steelhead samples using microsatellites to measure the year-to-year genetic variation within selected juvenile and adult steelhead populations. Analyses of heterozygosity, genetic disequilibrium, and Fisher’s exact tests for Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) will be performed using GENEPOP version 3.1a (Raymond and Russet 1997) for the adult samples and the juvenile samples. HWE tests will be performed for all steelhead populations independently and combined. Measures of inter-population and inter-year variation in allelic frequencies will be summarized as pair-wise estimates of population Fst. Larger inter-population values of Fst implicitly lead to greater accuracy and precision of estimates of mixture composition (Pella and Milner 1987). GENEPOP (Fisher’s Exact Tests) and ARLEQUIN version 1.1 (FSTAT pairwise comparisons; Schneider et al. 1997) will be used to test for differences in allelic frequencies between all possible population pairs. Statistical significance levels for allelic frequency comparisons and HWE will be set using sequential Bonferroni tests (Rice 1989). Mean relatedness (rxy) among Idaho steelhead and trout populations based on Queller & Goodnight (1989) will be calculated using ARLEQUIN. Queller’s measure of relatedness due to inbreeding will be corrected by ARLEQUIN according to Pamilo (1989). Partitioning of microsatellite allelic variation based on analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA) will be performed using ARLEQUIN. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $397,004
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 7
Focal Area: Tributaries

Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze data estimate densities from snorkel counts 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $30,479
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 2
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze data The trapping season will be stratified based on flow and time of year and the number of steelhead trapped, fish released upstream (marks), and recaptured fish is calculated for each strata. A Bailey adjusted Lincoln-Petersen estimator with bootstrap confidence intervals (Steinhorst et al. 2004) will be used to estimate the number of migrants and a 95% CI that left the stream during each strata and for the entire year. The mean steelhead length, weight, and condition factor will be calculated at each screw trap site for the spring (start of trapping to May 31), summer (June 1 to August 31), and fall (September 1 to end of trapping) periods. At all sites, the PIT tagged fish will be grouped into 5 mm length classes (class 70 = fish 70-74 mm, class 75 = fish 75-79 mm, etc.). to plot the length frequency at site. The date that 10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, and 90% of the total steelhead tagged (and trapped) will be calculated at each site. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $41,292
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 3
Focal Area: Tributaries

Analyze/Interpret Data Analyze data Estimate age and growth of steelhead adults, juveniles and smolts from tributaries in the Clearwater and Salmon drainages 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $127,451
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 4
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data analyze data calculate sex ratios, mean length, number of spawners, run timing of adult steelehad at Fish creekand Rapid River 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $30,479
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 1
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Analze data Estimate steelhead smolt survival from tributary to Lower Granite Dam, through the hydrosystem, and to adult return from index streams where possible and on a basin level elsewhere. Survival estimates will be made using SURPH and ROSTER models available from the Columbia River DART web site (http://www.cqs.washington.edu/analysis.html). 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $29,975
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 5
Focal Area: Hydrosystem,

Analyze/Interpret Data Anayze data Calculate the daily mean, minimum, and maximum temperature ineach stream. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $14,654
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 8
Focal Area: Tributaries

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect data Collect scales from juvenile steelhead at screw traps and other streams by flyfishing. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $40,769
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 4
Focal Area: Tributaries,

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect data Obtain steelehad tagging and smolt detection data from PTAGIS. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $8,115
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 5
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data collect data Collect water temperatures from tributaries of the Clearwater and Salmon drainages. Put data in database. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $16,231
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 8
Focal Area: Tributaries

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect data Install Fish Creek weir, collect biological data from adults trapped at Fish Creek and Rapid River wiers. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $113,652
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 1
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect data Estimate steelhead juvenile densities each summer in a set of index streams in the Lochsa River drainage, the lower Selway River drainage, and the SF Salmon River drainage 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $230,765
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 2
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect data Operate screw traps, collect biological data from trapped fish at each trap site. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $342,019
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 3
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring,

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Collect data collect tissue samples form juvenile and adult steelhead for genetic analysis 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $8,441
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 7
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database database management put snorkel data into IDFG dtabases 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $24,397
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 2
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database Manage database Add data to IDFG database 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $24,397
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 8
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database manage database Add escapement data to IDFG databases 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $24,397
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 1
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database Manage database add data to IDFG databases 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $24,397
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 4
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database Manage database Add data to IDFG databases 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $24,397
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 5
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database Manage databases add data to IDFG databases 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $39,133
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 7
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database Manage databases Put data into IDFG databases 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $24,398
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 3
No Metrics for this Work Element

Create/Manage/Maintain Database Manage databases Put data in IDFG databases 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $24,397
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 6
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop RM&E Methods and Designs analyze and interpret data Develop population viabilty analysis tools for steelhead in cooperation with Dr. Brain Dennis at the Unversity of Idaho. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $202,624
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 9
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results Data transfer 1. Publish results in peer reviewed journal. 2. Develop software to use for future PVA assessments. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $11,044
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 9
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results Data transfer Publish results of analysis in professional fisheries journal 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $20,773
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 6
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results Data transfer Prepare results for publication peer reviewed journal. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $31,816
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 7
No Metrics for this Work Element

Mark/Tag Animals PIT-tag fish PIT-tag juvenile steelehad captured at screw traps and by flyfishing crews 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $452,730
Biological Objectives Metrics
Objective 3
Focal Area: Tributaries


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel include 3% yearly increas $254,260 $261,887 $269,744
Fringe Benefits [blank] $87,415 $90,037 $92,738
Supplies [blank] $103,360 $108,528 $113,954
Travel [blank] $59,196 $62,151 $65,259
Capital Equipment [blank] $22,000 $20,000 $20,000
Overhead . $133,029 $137,035 $105,000
Other Genetics analysis & PVA $151,000 $151,000 $93,000
Totals $810,260 $830,638 $759,695

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$2,400,593
Total Work Element budget$2,400,593

Cost sharing
Funding Source or Organization Item or Service Provided FY 2007 Est Value ($) FY 2008 Est Value ($) FY 2009 Est Value ($) Cash or in-kind? Status

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$700,000 $700,000 lower cost due to reduction in genetic analysis from FY07-09 cycle
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
similar to that projected for FY07-09
 
Termination Date Comments
unknown Population status montioring of steelhead populations in Idaho is expected to continue as long as the species is listed under ESA.
 
Final Deliverables
Juvenile and adult population abundance status and trends. SAR from index streams. Stream temperature database Steelhead genetics database Productivity metrics from index populations

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date
Fix-it Loop Documents
Documents Originally Submitted with this Proposal

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
No changes were made to this proposal


NPCC Final Funding Recommendations (October 23, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$633,586
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$633,586
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$633,586
Total NPCC Rec
$1,900,758
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
NPCC Comments: Tasks removed to meet budget: L Salmon R. smolt monitoring, steelhead PIT tagging in remote sites, steelhead PVA , and adjust temp personnel. In addition, $44,500 has been added to this project for remote pit tagging.


NPCC Draft Funding Recommendations (September 15, 2006) [Full NPCC Council Recs]

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$633,586
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$633,586
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$633,586
Total NPCC Rec
$1,900,758
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
NPCC Comments:

Local or MSRT Comments: task removed: L Salmon R. smolt monitoring, steelhead PIT tagging in remote sites, steelhead PVA , and adjust temp personnel. $44,500 has been added to this project for remote pit tagging (orig rec $589086)


Independent Scientific Review Panel Final Review (August 31, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Fundable
Comments: The project sponsor’s response clarifies the objectives and value of the project and adequately addresses the ISRP's comments from the preliminary review.

The role the data collections and monitoring effort contributing to steelhead management was thoroughly presented. The ISRP query about smolt age and smolts/spawner as metrics of production was clarified with examples of data collected by the project. In response to the ISRP question regarding management actions taken as an example of the project, sponsors identify that steelhead supplementation was discontinued because of the project data. The ISRP recommends to the sponsors that they continue to identify uses for the data in developing management actions for steelhead, not just for the viability assessments of this species. Sponsors identify that genetic analyses will involve analyses beyond Hardy-Weinberg Equilibrium, Fst, and assignment tests, and will include evaluation of straying, effective population size, and estimation of ESA-recovery unit adult run size at Lower Granite Dam. The ISRP appreciates the clarification of differences in the approaches of Idaho Natural Production Monitoring and Evaluation Program and Idaho Steelhead Monitoring and Evaluation Studies. Finally, while the ISRP acknowledges that annual abundance estimates are not typically published in peer reviewed journals, we believe that when placed in a management context the data that is being produced by this project would be of high quality. For example, contrasting effective population size estimates with census population sizes is unreported for most species, and would be publishable.

Reporting of results in the proposal is good, but the ISRP encourages the sponsors to further explore opportunities to publish information produced by the project as further evidence of its value.

These remaining ISRP concerns with this project should be addressed in subsequent ISRP reviews. In addition, it may be time to conduct a more in-depth review of monitoring in Idaho. It is not clear who collects data how, when, and where in Idaho and how this collection feeds into NOAA TRT analyses, etc.


Independent Scientific Review Panel Preliminary Review (June 2, 2006) [Download full document]

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: This project seems to be oriented to routine monitoring. The proposal is not framed strongly in terms of the real objectives of the project for better understanding and consequently better management of steelhead. The response needs to include more detailed reporting of the results or describe immediate plans to synthesize the results. Although the tasks for monitoring are appropriate, the response should also provide greater detail of how the tasks are tied to overall biological objectives. The response should include greater coverage and summary of the published literature. Doing this would help the sponsors to look at this in a broader, more meaningful context.

Sponsors state on page 2 of the proposal narrative: "Age structure of steelhead smolts should be considered in recovery planning as it could explain productivity differences among streams. A stream with older smolts most likely will produce less smolts per female due to the increase in natural mortality from an "extra" year of freshwater rearing before smoltification occurs." This is not unexpected. Smolts per spawner as a comparative metric among streams is only relevant if subsequent survival is the same for the different smolt ages. It could be that some streams will produce more adults by a life-history strategy of older aged smolts, even with fewer of them, than if they produced younger aged smolts that experienced higher marine mortality.

There was a summary of the tasks completed including a short summary of a lack of response from supplementation in the Salmon River upstream from Sawtooth Hatchery and in Red River. The project history shows that data have been generated on various attributes of Idaho steelhead but there is little explanation of why the work was done and how it was (or will be) used to benefit fish. It would improve the proposal if management changes were identified that emerged from the data that were collected. If the project has settled into an automatic routine of gathering the same data at the same sites then perhaps it is time to either identify a focus or discontinue. The response should explain why the work was done and how it will be used to benefit fish.

There are clearly defined objectives, but their utility and priority are questionable. In response, please explain how the tasks are tied to assessing natural production bottlenecks or evaluating important hypotheses.

A more in-depth consideration of the potential to measure more than HWE, Fst, rxy,and assignment tests should be added and considered. Pritchard et al. 2000 is cited. It may be possible to assess the number of subpopulations in a watershed, the interbreeding of the subpopulations, and effective numbers of breeders, etc., using the genetic data. It may also be a useful method to estimate the effective size of the breeding population. The sponsors should include in response how this type of analyses might facilitate their work.

The response should provide greater detail regarding INPMEP and probabilistic site selection. Also, please clarify the statement that this project (ISMEP) will complete snorkel surveys at a finer scale with greater precision than INPMEP.

The proposal repeatedly mentions the value of publishing results, but after 15 years nothing has been completed. The information has been useful for establishing the status of steelhead, but the primary product has been "gray" literature. The response should describe progress in developing journal publications to disseminate project results.

There could potentially be adverse effect from traps and other activities in the streams, and this is not addressed. The information on other species could provide an ancillary benefit to management of those species (e.g., bull trout).

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