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Proposal 200713200: NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Implementation (Formerly a component of 198805301)

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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 13, 2006 Finalized James Harbeck

Proposal Type: New
Proposal Number: 200713200
Proposal Name: NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Implementation (Formerly a component of 198805301)
Agency, Institution or Organization: Tribe: Nez Perce Tribe, State: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Short Description: Implement the ISRP-reviewed NEOH M&E Plan. It will guide evaluation of the NEOH production program, give empirical evidence of effects and fill knowledge gaps regarding supplementation and its uncertainty as an enhancement tool.
Information Transfer: A monitoring and evaluation program, such as described in this plan, will result in the collection of extremely valuable data given society’s monetary investment and the important management questions to be answered. Hence, the volume and complexity of information gathered through the monitoring and evaluation activities will need to be compiled and organized in a systematic manner. It will involve archiving monitoring data, integrating data from different co-manager M&E activities, and making the data accessible in local and regional databases. For these reasons it is imperative that data management receive careful attention. With many of the data collection activities already being accomplished under multiple independent projects, the NEOH M&E program will act as an organizer to link data sets. We will utilize project specific and region-wide databases that have been developed to centralize data associated with widely used data collection activities and standardized performance measures. A NEOH website will be maintained that will house a standardized database for primary data, description of meta-data, and summary/annual reports. Expanding either of the existing LSRCP or NEOH project websites will be considered to house the NEOH M&E information (http://lsnakecomplan.fws.gov and www.seattle-mwh.com/neoh/). Appropriate components of program data and results will be provided to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) websites, including: StreamNet, PIT Tag Information System (PTAGIS), and the Regional Mark Information System (RMIS). Fish production and release summaries including mark applications will be provided to the Fish Passage Center replacement for incorporation into their web based data. We will implement a five-year review process for incorporating NEOH M&E information into the adaptive management process. Every five years LSRCP management, co-managers, and technical staff will facilitate a symposia to review NEOH performance and status. The five year review will be initiated with the development of a 5-year report of the NEOH M&Eand NEOH production program. The 5-year report will serve as the framework for the symposia.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
James Harbeck Nez Perce Tribe 612 SW 2nd St.
Enterprise OR 97828
Ph: 541.426.3198
Fax: 541.426.2096
Email: jimh@nezperce.org
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Richard Carmichael Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 203 Badgley Hall, One University Blvd.
LaGrande OR 97850
Ph: 541.962.3754
Fax: 541.962.3067
Email: rcarmich@eou.edu
Supervisor
James Harbeck Nez Perce Tribe 612 SW 2nd St.
Enterprise OR 97828
Ph: 541.426.3198
Fax: 541.426.2096
Email: jimh@nezperce.org
Project Lead
Arleen Henry Nez Perce Tribe PO Box 365
Lapwai, ID 83540
Ph: 208-843-7317
Fax: 208-843-7319
Email: arleenh@nezperce.org
Administrative Contact
NPT Finance Department accountant
Jay Hesse Nez Perce Tribe PO Box 365
Lapwai, ID, 83540
Ph: 208.843.7145
Fax: 208.843.9184
Email: jayh@nezperce.org
Supervisor
Dave B. Johnson Nez Perce Tribe P.O. Box 365
Lapwai ID 83540
Ph: 208.843.7320
Fax: 208.843.7322
Email: davej@nezperce.org
Contract Manager
NPT Fisheries Program Manager

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Blue Mountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Grande Ronde ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
45+/- N 117+/- W Grande Ronde Subbasin Lostine, upper Grande Ronde, Catherine Creek, Minam and Wenaha rivers Wallowa and Union, Oregon Grande Ronde Yes
45.52-45.07N 116.45.00 - 117.00.00 W Imanha Subbasin Imnaha and Big Sheep Creek Wallowa, Oregon Imnaha Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Chinook Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
All Anadromous Fish
Resident Fish

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project This proposal is for funding a new project, and has no past accomplishments.

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
Other: USFWS [no entry] Lower Snake River Compensation Plan The project provides facilities, equipment, and personnel to assist production, evaluations and fish health monitoring for northeast Oregon recovery projects.
BPA [no entry] 200710600 Lostine River Watershed Restoration The project will influence the quality of the aquatic habitat inhabited by fish monitored by the NEOH M&E program and potentially contribute towards the success of NEOH supplementation.
BPA [no entry] 200711600 Protect and Restore the Wallowa River Watershed The project will influence the quality of the aquatic habitat inhabited by fish monitored by the NEOH M&E program and potentially contribute towards the success of NEOH supplementation.
BPA [no entry] 200725700 Protect and Restore the Imnaha/Big Sheep Watershed The project will influence the quality of the aquatic habitat inhabited by fish monitored by the NEOH M&E program and potentially contribute towards the success of NEOH supplementation.
BPA 198402500 Ne Oregon Habitat Projects The project influences the quality of the aquatic habitat inhabited by fish monitored by the NEOH M&E program and potentially contributes towards the success of NEOH supplementation.
BPA 198805301 Ne Or Hatchery Master Plan - N This project was the forerunner of the current NEOH M&E project and was the basis upon which the NEOH M&E Project was pursued.
BPA 198909600 Genetic M&E Prog For Sal/Steel The project provides NEOH co-managers with expertise and information regarding the nature and extent of the genetic impact of supplementation as well as pedigree analysis for reproductive success.
BPA 199202601 Grand Ronde Model Watershed The project influences the quality of the aquatic habitat inhabited by fish monitored by the NEOH M&E program and potentially contributes towards the success of NEOH supplementation.
BPA 199202604 Life Studies of Spring Chinook The project furnishes data to assess juvenile abundance, survival and life history traits.
BPA 199606700 Manchester Spring Chinook Capt The project provides the facilities and personnel for the Grande Ronde Captive Broodstock program.
BPA 199608300 Grand Ronde Watershed Restor The project influences the quality of the aquatic habitat inhabited by fish monitored by the NEOH M&E program and potentially contributes towards the success of NEOH supplementation.
BPA 199701501 Imnaha R Smolt Monitoring NPT The project furnishes data to assess juvenile abundance, survival and life history traits.
BPA 199703800 Listed Stock Chinook Salmon Ga THe project provides a repository for cryopreserved semen from northeast Oregon Chinook populations.
BPA 199800702 Gd Ronde Supp Lostine O&M/M&E The project complements the NEOH M&E program by providing performance measure information at several key life stages both in the hatchery and after release into the natural environment.
BPA 199800703 Grande Ronde Supp. O&M/M&E The project complements the NEOH M&E program by providing performance measure information at several key life stages both in the hatchery and after release into the natural environment.
BPA 199801001 Grande Ronde Captive Brood O&M The project provides the basis for evaluating the captive broodstock approach to salmon recovery in northeast Oregon.
BPA 199801006 Captive Broodstock Artificial The project provides the basis for evaluating the captive broodstock approach to salmon recovery in northeast Oregon.
BPA 199907000 Wallowa County Gauging Station Provides stream flow data for NEOH M&E information needs.
BPA 200007000 Grande Ronde River Fence USFS The project influences the quality of the aquatic habitat inhabited by fish monitored by the NEOH M&E program and potentially contributes towards the success of NEOH supplementation.
BPA 200106200 Lostine R Streamflow Enhanceme The project influences the quality of the aquatic habitat inhabited by fish monitored by the NEOH M&E program and potentially contributes towards the success of NEOH supplementation.
BPA 200206000 Nez Perce Harvest Monitoring This project conducts tribal harvest monitoring in the Imnaha River and provides the NEOH M&E program with harvest figures for run reconstruction and hatchery/natural comparisons.
BPA 200207300 Wallowa Culvert Inventory The project influences the quality of the aquatic habitat inhabited by fish monitored by the NEOH M&E program and potentially contributes towards the success of NEOH supplementation.
BPA 200303600 CBFWA Monitor/Eval Program The project provides guidance for a regional monitoring and evaluation approach in northeast Oregon
BPA 200400200 PNAMP Funding The project provides guidance for a regional monitoring and evaluation approach in northeast Oregon

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
COORDINATE MONITORING AND EVALUATION ACTIVITIES Although not a research objective, it is imperative that planning and communication occur for the successful implementation of the NEOH M&E Plan. An annual Statement of Work (SOW) will guide M&E activities for each project and will be based on the framework presented in the NEOH M&E Plan. The Annual Operating Plan of northeast Oregon co-managers will also provide direction. We will implement a five-year review process for incorporating NEOH M&E information into the adaptive management process. We will provide data summaries in a coordinated and timely manner. Imnaha 1A1-Participate in province and basinwide coordinated studies and management forums. Work with other entities.3A4 Identify where there is a lack of knowledge pertaining to the population of anadromous species. Use information to further refine restoration 18,22
MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE NATURAL PRODUCTION The key performance measure for this objective is a progeny-per-parent ratio (P:P) quantified within a tributary for natural-origin fish and hatchery-origin fish independently. This is a derived value. Calculation of P:P relies on annual run reconstructions and requires quantification of adult abundance to tributary (escapement), index of spawner abundance (redd counts), fish per redd, hatchery fraction, age class structure, age-at-return, adult spawner sex ratio, prespawning mortality, and in-tributary harvest. Imnaha 4A2-Evaluate adult abundance, life history and spawn-recruit relationships as a measure of productivty. 1A2-Continue annual monitoring of escapement. 2A2 -Implement an M&E plan to obtain better understanding of populations. 18,20,23
MAINTAIN LIFE HISTORY TRAITS AND GENETIC DIVERSITY A suite of four performance measures is used to monitor life history characteristics of natural-origin adults and test for changes due to hatchery supplementation. Three performance measures are used to monitor life history characteristics of natural-origin juveniles and test for changes due to supplementation actions via representative juvenile emigrant trapping. Key performance measures are age-at-emigration, size-at-emigration, and emigration timing.A variety of performance measures will be used to characterize genetic structure and variability within populations under this objective using microsatellite and allozyme analyses. Genetic variability within populations will be evaluated in a number of different ways. Comparisons of variability in hatchery, natural, and wild populations will be made and changes in levels of variability will be evaluated through time. Imnaha 2B4- Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of implementation of hatchery and natural production strategies. 3A1- Preserve the genetic integrrity of existing stocks. 3A2-Support the refinement of genetic techniques. 4A2-Evaluate adult abundance & life history 21,23
MINIMIZE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF HATCHERY PROGRAM We will determine the proportion and origin of naturally spawning fish that are stray hatchery fish (stray composition) in the Minam and Wenaha rivers. The key measures are distributions and stray rates based on recoveries of CWT fish outside and within subbasin. Stray rate is defined as the cumulative percent of a hatchery release group identified/recovered in spawning populations outside release stream. We will also determine disease agents or pathogen presence and prevalence in supplemented populations and compare with pre-supplemented presence and prevalence. Grande Ronde 2B1-Maximize hatchery effectiveness and implement innovative hatchery production strategies that support natural production.2B4-Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of hatchery and natural production strategies. 3A1-Preserve the genetic integrrity of stocks 21,23
RESTORE AND MAINTAIN FISHERIES Co-managers share common goals regarding the Chinook salmon resources of the Imnaha and Grande Ronde subbasins. We desire an adequate escapement to assist population recovery, the conservation of genetic and life history characteristics, and to maximize harvest opportunities. Managers need to know in advance run size and timing to achieve these goals.We will develop precise and accurate pre-season hatchery and natural fish escapement predictors.We will also determine annual tribal and recreational catch, harvest, and effort for hatchery and naturally produced spring Chinook salmon. Imnaha 4A2 Maintain historic run reconstruction data and evaluation protocols for assessing steelhead and Chinook. 2B1- Maximize hatchery effectivenenss and continue production strategies that support fisheries. 21,23
UNDERSTAND STATUS & TRENDS OF POPULATIONS &HABITAT [Stock status and performance can be evaluated only with respect to the properties of the natural environment in which the population is found. We will characterize abiotic features of stream habitat and its use by aquatic organisms, specifically Chinook salmon. We will implement the Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (EMAP) sampling framework, a statistically based and spatially explicit sampling design to quantify status and trends in stream and riparian habitats. Imnaha 2A2-Implement a M&E plan to better understand how populations respond to habitat improvements. 2A4- Develop indices to evaluate biological responses to habitat. 2A5-Integrate results and other informantion into the process. 20

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Coordination M&E Activity Coordination An annual Statement of Work (SOW) will guide M&E activities for each project and will be based on the framework presented in the NEOH M&E Plan. The Annual Operating Plan of northeast Oregon co-managers will also provide direction. In addition to the NEOH program internally directed review, information from several regional processes will be considered in the adaptive management of NEOH. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $290,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
COORDINATE MONITORING AND EVALUATION ACTIVITIES
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce/Submit Scientific Findings Report Conduct Five Year Reviews and Symposia Every five years co-managers will facilitate a symposia to review NEOH performance and status. The five year review will be initiated with the development of a 5-year report that will serve as the framework for the symposia 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $280,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
COORDINATE MONITORING AND EVALUATION ACTIVITIES
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Determine and Compare Abundance Adult abundance to tributary is defined as the number of maturing adult fish returning to a defined area by age, origin, and sex. This includes fish estimated or censused passed a monitoring point, removed by in-tributary harvest, removed for broodstock, fish remaining in areas outside (downstream) of the monitoring point, and expanded for in-tributary prespawn mortality. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $815,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE NATURAL PRODUCTION
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Determine and Compare Adult Life History A suite of four performance measures is used to monitor life history characteristics of natural-origin adults and test for changes due to hatchery supplementation. Key performance measures are age-at-return, size-at-return, sex ratios, and adult run-timing. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $150,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
MAINTAIN LIFE HISTORY TRAITS AND GENETIC DIVERSITY
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Determine and Compare Juvenile Life History Three performance measures are used to monitor life history characteristics of natural-origin juveniles and test for changes due to supplementation actions via representative juvenile emigrant trapping. These are measures are age-at-emigration, size-at-emigration, and emigration timing. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $825,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
MAINTAIN LIFE HISTORY TRAITS AND GENETIC DIVERSITY
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Determine and Compare Productivity The key performance measure for this work element is a progeny-per-parent ratio (P:P) quantified within a tributary for natural-origin fish and hatchery-origin fish independently. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $810,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE NATURAL PRODUCTION
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Determine and Compare Survival Rates Two primary performance measures describing life stage specific survival rates are juvenile emigrant survival to Lower Granite Dam and smolt-to-adult return rate (SAR) for natural-origin fish and hatchery produced fish within each tributary. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $148,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE NATURAL PRODUCTION
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Determine Disease Presence and Prevalence Key measures related to fish health focus on prevalence of infectious diseases in terms of pathogen presence within a population and the frequency of disease outbreaks. The test comparisons are between hatchery and natural production segments within a population over time, including pre and post-supplementation periods in select streams. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $203,001
Biological Objectives Metrics
MINIMIZE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF HATCHERY PROGRAM
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Determine Distribution and Stray Rates We will determine the proportion and origin of naturally spawning fish that are stray hatchery fish (stray composition) in the Minam and Wenaha rivers. The key measures are distributions and stray rates based on recoveries of CWT fish outside and within the subbasins. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $75,117
Biological Objectives Metrics
MINIMIZE NEGATIVE IMPACTS OF HATCHERY PROGRAM
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Determine Harvest This monitoring effort will enumerate tribal and sport fisheries by gear type and by fishery area, numbers of fish caught and kept, numbers released, catch per unit effort (CPUE), and other relevant catch information. 5/1/2007 12/31/2009 $350,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
RESTORE AND MAINTAIN FISHERIES
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Determine Spawning Distribution Spatial spawning distribution is directly characterized as a proportion of female carcasses (of each origin) by sampling reach expressed to the total carcasses recovered (of the same origin) in that population. 8/1/2007 10/1/2009 $75,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE NATURAL PRODUCTION
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Implement the Environmental Monitoiring and Assessment Program (EMAP) In the Imanaha Subbasin co-managers will characterize abiotic features of stream habitat and its use by aquatic oraginisms by implementing an EMAP sampling framework. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $811,927
Biological Objectives Metrics
UNDERSTAND STATUS & TRENDS OF POPULATIONS &HABITAT
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Monitor Genetic Characteristics genetic variability, differentiation and effective population size will be calculated between hatchery and natural, and hatchery and wild populations. Patterns of genetic change will be examined through time in the three classes of populations. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $150,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
MAINTAIN LIFE HISTORY TRAITS AND GENETIC DIVERSITY
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Relative Reproductive Success Reproductive success is measured through DNA pedigree analysis and direct estimation of reproductive success as proposed by NOAA Fisheries and funded by BPA under project 198909600. Offspring are monitored as parr or smolts and as adult returns. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $155,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
MAINTAIN AND ENHANCE NATURAL PRODUCTION
No Metrics for this Work Element

Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Develop Preseason Escapement Forecasts Co-managers will develop accurate and precise predictors of escapement upon which fisheries can be based. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $55,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
RESTORE AND MAINTAIN FISHERIES
No Metrics for this Work Element

Disseminate Raw/Summary Data and Results Gather and Distribute Data Summaries and Other Information To Facilitate Adaptive Management The NEOH M&E program will act as an organizer to link data sets. We will utilize project specific and region-wide databases that have been developed to centralize data associated with widely used data collection activities and standardized performance measures. 1/1/2007 12/31/2009 $275,865
Biological Objectives Metrics
COORDINATE MONITORING AND EVALUATION ACTIVITIES
No Metrics for this Work Element


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel [blank] $770,365 $791,069 $832,591
Fringe Benefits [blank] $214,715 $220,402 $233,255
Travel [blank] $34,482 $33,300 $40,633
Supplies [blank] $43,465 $44,625 $46,230
Capital Equipment [blank] $159,000 $105,000 $105,000
Overhead [blank] $248,456 $245,892 $261,710
Other [blank] $335,945 $330,554 $372,721
Totals $1,806,428 $1,770,842 $1,892,140

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$5,469,410
Total Work Element budget$5,469,410

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
LSRCP ODFW M&E $400,000 $412,000 $424,360 In-Kind Confirmed
LSRCP NPT M&E $214,554 $229,990 $227,621 In-Kind Confirmed
NRAC Project Funding $15,000 $15,000 $15,000 Cash Under Development
USFWS Tribal Grant $ 0 $35,000 $35,000 Cash Under Development
Totals $629,554 $691,990 $701,981

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$1,938,975 $2,140,653 Capital or large equipment costs are staggered across years.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
This is primarily a research project. Therefore, any maintenance costs are limited to field and office equipment repair or replacement.
 
Termination Date Comments
Undetermined Some level of monitoring and evaluation should always accompany hatchery production. Complete termination will coincide with the termination of the NEOH hatchery program.
 
Final Deliverables
We will implement a five-year review process for incorporating NEOH M&E information into the adaptive management process. Every five years co-managers will facilitate a symposia to review NEOH performance and status. The five year review will include a 5-year comprehensive report that will serve as the framework for the symposia. The final "deliverable" will be a summary report and symposia that address the success of supplementation as a recovery strategy in northeast Oregon.

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
Location:
Province: No Change
Subbasin: No Change
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments: [none]


BPA's in lieu Funding Review of new project proposals (August 3, 2006) [Download letter and table]

BPA's in lieu Rating: 1.0
Approx. BPA share of total costs: BPA 73%
Status of Cost Share: Mixed
Notes: Hatchery M&E; although fishery managers authorized/required, assume FCRPS obligation here since FCRPS hatchery


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Do Not Fund
NPCC Comments:


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

FY 2007 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 NPCC Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 NPCC Rec
$ 0
Total NPCC Rec
$ 0
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: OSPIT recognizes the priority of funding this work, however, we believe the hatchery will not be completed in time to allow the new work associated with NEOH to go forward in this funding cycle.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
Comments: See group comments for 198805301. This monitoring and evaluation proposal is a key component of the overall NEOH effort.


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

Recommendation: Response requested
Comments: The ISRP requests that the sponsors for the set of NEOH proposals develop a coordinated response to the general comments on the NEOH program provided under proposal 198805301 and address specific comments on individual proposals.

Comments specific to this proposal:

The short description of this proposal indicates that it would focus on the M&E for the NEOH programs and projects. While we commend the sponsors for compiling a large and extensive M&E program associated with the NEOH, we urge the various cooperating co-managers to work together to provide a compelling logic path or set of evidence that it is justified in terms of benefit to the targeted populations and subbasins. It would be appropriate in a single place to describe the role(s) and activities of the various participants to provide a universal view of the overall NEOH program. The primary benefit of the current M&E program will be the examination of ongoing projects. Under separate review, the ISRP did not judge that construction of a new facility in the basin would be warranted until some of the data and evaluation demonstrate that supplementation can achieve its objectives at rebuilding wild production. A single robust stock assessment (with trend) would seem a critical element that is missing (or at least not obvious).

Technical and scientific background: Review for project 200713200 - NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Implementation addresses a key need previously and repeatedly identified by Council's scientific groups not only for the NEOH supplementation projects, but all supplementation throughout the basin to meet robust scientific requirements for adaptive management. Moreover, the ISAB and ISRP have stressed the need for clearly identifying appropriate hypothesis testing, objectives, performance standards, sampling strategies (including randomized designs with comparative reference streams), analysis and interpretation, and reporting.

The NEOH M&E Implementation proposal clearly is designed to address a "problem related to fish and wildlife in the Basin" by not only formalizing an M&E approach, but by mapping out an ambitiously robust and regional implementation approach that is consistent with Council's advice and state of the science. A key side benefit of the approach outlined is that it can be transferred to other regions and the results broadly instructive to the supplementation approach to maintaining and ultimately rebuilding depressed Chinook salmon populations basinwide.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: The NEOH Monitoring and Evaluation Implementation project is highly consistent with the Fish and Wildlife Program as it provides the basic methods and information needed for broad adaptive management decisions. The need and rationale for M&E has been repeatedly identified in Council's advice for the Fish and Wildlife Program and is expressly outlined in the Imnaha and Grade Ronde subbasin plans and NEOH master plans. At a broader scale, however, there continues to be a need to justify the NEOH production and release programs in terms of stock sizes and expected contribution of released fish to the natural/wild populations in the Subbasin.

Relationships to other projects: NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Implementation is directly tied to other NEOH and subbasin projects as a broad, umbrella project to collect fundamentally important data and analysis of the effectiveness of supplementation.

The project benefits from cooperation between the Nez Perce and Umatilla Tribal authorities and the State of Oregon (although some depiction of roles and responsibilities would be helpful).

Project history: This proposal is described as being new, but it takes advantage of several ongoing efforts by elevating and recognizing the importance of an integrated and robust M&E. As such, there should be results from past evaluation and monitoring activities that can be analyzed and summarized.

Objectives: This proposal is designed initially as a five-year effort. The time frame is appropriate to generate information on a single Chinook salmon generation as a logical first step to longer-term monitoring. The four primary objectives are further broken down and addressed by sets of performance measures and are linked to Imnaha and Grande Ronde subbasin plan elements and more broadly to the basin's Fish and Wildlife Program. Upon closer examination, many of the objectives are really tasks not measurable objectives and need some examination and refinement so they are.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Implementation has an ambitious and robust experimental design that includes reference streams where no direct supplementation shall occur and takes advantage of randomized EMAP-type sampling. There is also some opportunity to communicate with others in the basin to avoid unnecessary duplication of certain kinds of experimental monitoring (e.g., parentage analysis – there are several throughout the basin ongoing).

Monitoring and evaluation: This proposal is a broad M&E project entirely scoped out to address information needs for other NEOH projects. It would be helpful not only to ISRP, but also the sponsors if they were to construct a basic decision tree linking the M&E tasks, objectives, and findings to management (this was requested in the Three-Step Review). There is a tendency to “measure everything.” The sponsors need to carefully choose some key integrative indicators to monitor to evaluate success towards each objective and demonstrate how the results will plug back into the decision process (i.e., adaptive management).

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: This proposal recognizes the need to intensify sampling directed at comparing hatchery and wild fish throughout the region. These are identified.

Information transfer: This proposal identifies several methods and approaches for information transfer. While the sponsors include key staff from co-managers, the project identifies the opportunity to analyze, interpret, and share information more broadly through programmed "symposia" or workshops, as well as through presently available data warehouses in the basin.

Though not explicitly described, there will be enormous opportunities to more formally publish results through peer-reviewed outlets. The importance of this latter cannot be overstressed as it provides a more generally available and distributed record, but also provides for an additional layer of independent peer review and thus credibility.

Benefits to focal and non-focal species: NEOH Monitoring & Evaluation Implementation focuses primarily on Chinook salmon population(s) response to supplementation within the targeted subbasins. The informational benefits for adaptive management are critical with long-lasting benefits both within the targeted subbasins but also potentially basinwide.

There is a potential for interference from other activities if the reference stream framework is not maintained or if activities such as harvest or supplementation (mostly downstream) are not accounted for or controlled.

The proposal does not specifically address the issue of impacts on non-focal species, but the issue is reasonably irrelevant as an M&E project.

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