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Proposal 198605000: White Sturgeon Mitigation and Restoration in the Columbia and Snake Rivers Upstream from Bonneville Dam

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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
January 10, 2006 Finalized Tom Rien

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 198605000
Proposal Name: White Sturgeon Mitigation and Restoration in the Columbia and Snake Rivers Upstream from Bonneville Dam
BPA Project Manager: Jonathan McCloud
Agency, Institution or Organization: Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW)
Short Description: Restore and mitigate for hydrosystem-caused loss loss of white sturgeon productivity through intensive fisheries management, supplementation, and modified hydropower system operation. Assess success of mitigation and restoration efforts.
Information Transfer: In addition to annual reports and peer-review publications, information is made available through a number of forums. Findings are made directly available to fishery managers at regular meetings. In addition, sturgeon workers in the region regularly organize a comprehensive meeting to discuss issues and share findings. Such periodic regional meetings are expected to occur in the future, with consideration given to producing formal proceedings to foster effective regional information sharing. Findings are also presented at symposia or conferences of broader scope, such as annual meetings of the American Fisheries Society, and International Sturgeon Symposia.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Tom Rien Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 17330 SE Evelyn St.
Clackamas OR 97015
Ph: 503.657.2000
Fax: 503.657.6823
Email: tom.a.rien@state.or.us
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Brad James Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 2108 Grand Boulevard
Vancouver, WA 98661-4624
Ph: (360) 906-6716
Fax: [fax left blank]
Email: JAMESBWJ@dfw.wa.gov
Project Lead
Technical Contact
Brad W. James Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Chris Kern Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife 17330 SE Evelyn Street
Clackamas, OR, 97015
Ph: 503.657.2000 x 412
Fax: 503.657.6823
Email: j.chris.kern@state.or.us
Project Lead
Jonathan McCloud BPA
Ph: 503-230-3509
Fax: 503-230-4564
Email: jmmccloud@bpa.gov
BPA Project Manager
Blaine Parker Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission 729 NE Oregon St., Suite 200
Portland OR 97232
Ph: 503.238.0667
Fax: 503.235.4228
Email: parb@critfc.org
Project Lead
Mike Parsley U.S. Geological Survey Columbia River Research Laboratory, 5501A Cook-Underwood Road
Cook WA 98605
Ph: 509.538.2299
Fax: 509.538.2843
Email: michael_parsley@usgs.gov
Project Lead
Tom Rien Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 17330 SE Evelyn St.
Clackamas OR 97015
Ph: 503.657.2000
Fax: 503.657.6823
Email: tom.a.rien@state.or.us
Administrative Contact
Contract Manager
Form Submitter
Dave Ward Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife 17330 SE Evelyn St.
Clackamas OR 97015
Ph: 503.657.2000
Fax: 503.657.6823
Email: david.l.ward@state.or.us
Administrative Contact
Contract Manager
Molly A.H. Webb U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Bozeman Fish Technology Center 4050 Bridger Canyon Road
Bozeman, MT 59715
Ph: (406)994-9907
Fax: [fax left blank]
Email: Molly.Webb@oregonstate.edu
Project Lead
Molly A.H. Webb, Ph.D. Bozeman Fish Technology Center 4050 Bridger Canyon Road Bozeman, MT 59715 (406)994-9907 office (406)994-9928 lab

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Mainstem/Systemwide ARG Province: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Sponsor Subbasin: Systemwide ARG Subbasin: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
45.7136 -121.5955 Columbia River Bonneville Reservoir, Columbia River Skamania, Washington Columbia Gorge No
45.6516 -121.0093 Columbia River The Dalles Reservoir, Columbia River Wasco, Oregon Columbia Lower Middle No
45.7185 -120.5342 Columbia River John Day Reservoir, Columbia River Klickitat, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
46.0843 -118.9371 Columbia River McNary Reservoir, Columbia River Walla Walla, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
46.4087 -119.2618 Columbia River Hanford Reach, Columbia River Franklin, Washington Columbia Lower Middle No
46.5868 -117.9780 Snake River Little Goose Reservoir, Snake River Columbia, Washington Snake Lower No
46.2528 -118.8589 Snake River Ice Harbor Reservoir, Snake River Walla Walla County, Washington Snake Lower No
46.5741 -118.5168 Snake River Lower Monumental Reservoir, Snake River Franklin County, Washington Snake Lower No

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
White Sturgeon All Populations

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2005 2003 Maintained increases in abundance attributable to intensive harvest management and reduced exploitation. Continued indexing of recruitment. Continued transplants. Refined population dynamics models.
2004 2003 Maintained increases in abundance attributable to intensive harvest management and reduced exploitation. Continued indexing of recruitment. Continued transplants. Refined population dynamics models.
2003 2003 Maintained increases in abundance due to intensive harvest management and reduced exploitation. Changed rotation of pop estimates from 5 yr to 3 yr cycle. Continued indexing of recruitment. Continued transplants. Refined pop. dynamics models
2002 2002 Completed index sampling to develop initial descriptions of white sturgeon populations in Rock Island Reservoir, Lake Rufus Woods, and Lake Roosevelt
2001 2002 Included annual transplants of white sturgeon to The Dalles and John Day reservoirs as an ongoing component of the project. Initiated work to evaluate the feasibility of using hatchery-reared white sturgeon to supplement populations.
2000 2002 Developed a model to predict white sturgeon sex and stage of maturity using blood plasma indicators, sex steroids and calcium, and fork length. Began an annual sampling program to index relative abundance for age-0 white sturgeon
1999 2002 Maintained increases in abundance of white sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day reservoirs, which again was attributable to intensive harvest management and reduced exploitation.
1998 1998 Completed initial population estimates for white sturgeon in McNary, Ice Harbor, Little Goose, and Lower Monumental reservoirs, and the Hanford Reach.
1997 1998 Developed habitat maps and flow-habitat models for the Columbia River up to Priest Rapids Dam.
1996 1998 Provided a broad recommendation for flows to provide spawning habitat. Found that white sturgeon transplanted to The Dalles Reservoir demonstrated excellent survival and growth one and two years later.
1995 1998 Determined that white sturgeon larvae are susceptible to gas bubble trauma in laboratory experiments. Determined that hydropeaking at The Dalles Dam displaces white sturgeon eggs and larvae from incubation areas.
1994 1998 Demonstrated increased abundance of white sturgeon in The Dalles and John Day reservoirs, which was attributable to intensive harvest management and reduced exploitation. Developed two indices of relative abundance for age-0 white sturgeon.
1993 1992 Determined over-fishing had occurred in Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs, and described appropriate exploitation rates under the reduced productivity resulting from the development and operation of the hydrosystem.
1992 1992 Determined reservoirs provide large areas of suitable habitat for juvenile and adult white sturgeon, but compensatory population responses may reduce productivity if carrying capacity is exceeded
1991 1992 Identified reduced flows and subsequent poor recruitment as a potential factor limiting white sturgeon productivity in impoundments.
1990 1992 Found population productivity to be 10-100 times higher downstream from Bonneville Dam than in Bonneville, The Dalles, or John Day reservoirs.
1989 1992 Determined that dams limit movements of white sturgeon and have functionally isolated populations in mainstem Columbia River reservoirs. Described population dynamics and found them to be unique in each reservoir.
1988 1988 Developed methodologies for habitat mapping and modeling, capture gears for various life stages, and marking and aging techniques.
1987 [Accomplishment field left blank]
1986 [Accomplishment field left blank]

Section 5: Relationships to Other Projects
Other Current Projects Related to this Project (any funding source)
Funding Source Related ID Related Project Title Relationship
BPA 198806400 Kootenai River White Sturgeon Studies and Conservation Aquaculture Complementary work to restore white sturgeon isolated outside the geographical bounds of Project 198605000.
BPA 198806500 Kootenai River Fisheries Investigations Complementary work to restore white sturgeon isolated outside the geographical bounds of Project 198605000.
BPA 199502700 Develop and Implement Recovery Plan for Depressed Lake Roosevelt White Sturgeon Populations. Results from initial sampling conducted by Project 198605000 will be used to help guide restoration methods used by Project 199502700.
BPA 199700900 Evaluate Potential Means of Rebuilding White Sturgeon Populations in the Snake River Between Lower Granite and Hells Canyon Dams Complementary work to restore white sturgeon isolated outside the geographical bounds of Project 198605000.
BPA 199902200 Assessing White Sturgeon Genetics in the Columbia Basin (not ongoing) Genetic analyses from Project 199902200 will be used to guide supplementation and propagation developed by Project 19860500. Project 198605000 provided data to Project 199902200.
BPA 200302700 White Sturgeon Put, Grow, and Take Fishery Feasibility Assessment, Oxbow/Hells Canyon Reservoirs Complementary work to restore white sturgeon isolated outside the geographical bounds of Project 198605000.

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge Ensure persistence of white sturgeon populations in Columbia River reservoirs. Columbia Gorge 1)Manage populations for sustainable harvest. 2) Continue M/R abundance estimates and population dynamics investigations. 3) Further investigate spawner/recruit relationships to derive broodstock abundance goals. 12, 15
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid Ensure persistence of white sturgeon populations in Columbia River reservoirs. Lower Middle Columbia 1) Continue transplant supplementation 2) Investigate hatchery supplementation 3) Continue monitoring of populations 4) Continue intensive harvest management 5) Expand harvest monitoring to upstream reservoirs 252
1.c. Ensure persistence of populations, Low. Snake Ensure persistence of white sturgeon populations in Snake River reservoirs. Lower Snake 1) Institute adaptive harvest management. 2) Describe and monitor harvest 3) Conduct M/R abundance estimates and population dynamics investigations. 53
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge Productivity goals are to achieve a consumptive harvest yield of 5 kg/hectare or greater Columbia Gorge 1) Adaptive harvest managment. 2) M/R abundance estimates, population dynamics. 3) Pursue population supplementation as needed. 4) Investigate spawner/recruit relationships to derive broodstock abundance goals 12, 15
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle Productivity goals are to achieve a consumptive harvest yield of 5 kg/hectare or greater Lower Middle Columbia 1) Recommend hydropower operations to improve spawning success. 2)Continue transplant supplementation 252
2.c. Restore population productivity, Lower Snake Productivity goals are to achieve a consumptive harvest yield of 5 kg/hectare or greater Lower Snake 1) Institute adaptive harvest management. 2) Describe and monitor harvest 3) Conduct M/R abundance estimates and population dynamics investigations. 53
3.a. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Gorge Ensure sustainable recreational and tribal fisheries in the Columbia Gorge Subbasin. Columbia Gorge 1)Manage populations for sustainable harvest. 2) Continue M/R abundance estimates and population dynamics investigations. 3) Further investigate spawner/recruit relationships to derive broodstock abundance goals. 12, 15
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle Ensure sustainable recreational and tribal fisheries in the lower Middle Columbia Subbasin. Lower Middle Columbia 1) Monitor population status 3) Expand population monitoring to upstream reservoirs. 4) Continue intensive harvest management activities. 252
3.c. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Snake Restore and ensure sustainable fisheries in the lower Snake River Subbasin. Lower Snake 1) Institute adaptive harvest management. 2) Describe and monitor harvest 3) Conduct M/R abundance estimates and population dynamics investigations. 53

Section 7: Work Elements
Work Elements and Associated Biological Objectives
Work Element Name Work Element Title Description Start Date End Date Estimated Budget
Produce Environmental Compliance Documentation NEPA and Endangered Species Act compliance [Work Element Description Not Entered] 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $124,651
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Trap and Haul Juvenile white sturgeon transplants Task 1a. Continue supplementation of populations in The Dalles and John Day reservoirs by annual transplant of up to 10,000 juvenile (<3') white sturgeon from the area below Bonneville Dam. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $256,334
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
* # of fish: up to 10,000

Other Purchase of PIT tags by BPA through PSMFC No work element was available for PIT tag purchases. A work element was needed because otherwise the Work Element Budget and Task Budget to not agree. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $47,250
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Coordination Develop white sturgeon management plan Task 3b. Technical coordination needed to solicit, organize, and compile information from sturgeon researchers and managers throughout the Columbia Basin. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $96,389
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
1.c. Ensure persistence of populations, Low. Snake
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
2.c. Restore population productivity, Lower Snake
3.a. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Gorge
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
3.c. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Snake
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Manage and Administer Project 1986-050-00 [Work Element Description Not Entered] 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $91,264
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Plan Develop white sturgeon management plan Task 3b. Compile information and develop a regionally acceptable management framework to ensure the persistence and recovery of white sturgeon populations in the Columbia River basin. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $96,388
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
1.c. Ensure persistence of populations, Low. Snake
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
2.c. Restore population productivity, Lower Snake
3.a. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Gorge
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
3.c. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Snake
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Annual report [Work Element Description Not Entered] 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $303,640
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Status Report Status reporting [Work Element Description Not Entered] 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $91,264
Biological Objectives Metrics
No Metrics for this Work Element

Analyze/Interpret Data Determine sex, maturational status, and reproductive potential of sturgeon in impounded and unimpounded reaches Task 3a. Analysis of data collected on sex and maturation of white sturgeon 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $33,197
Biological Objectives Metrics
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
2.c. Restore population productivity, Lower Snake
Focal Area: Hydrosystem
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research

Analyze/Interpret Data Evaluate juvenile white sturgeon transplants Task 1a. Evalutate effectiveness of transplants in aiding recovery of populations subjected to continual poor annual recruitment. Data is collected during stock assessment and transplant activities. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $81,540
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
Focal Area: Hydrosystem
Primary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring

Analyze/Interpret Data Lower Snake River reservoirs white sturgeon stock assessment data summaries and analyses Task 2b. Data analysis to derive population abundance, and population dynamics parameters in Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, and Little Goose reservoirs. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $61,695
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.c. Ensure persistence of populations, Low. Snake
2.c. Restore population productivity, Lower Snake
3.c. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Snake
Focal Area: Hydrosystem
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring

Analyze/Interpret Data White sturgeon fisheries management planning for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs. Task 1b. Using information collected from this study, contribute to management of white sturgeon populations in the Columbia River basin. Specifically, utilize data to contribute to reservoir-specific (therefore population-specific) management actions to contribute to achievement of subbasin and regional goals. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $203,376
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
3.a. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Gorge
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
Focal Area: Hydrosystem, Harvest
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research

Analyze/Interpret Data White sturgeon spawning habitat index analysis/interpretation Tasks 2c and 3b. Continue development of habitat models describing impacts of hydropower operations on white sturgeon spawning. Continue to make and refine recommendations for hydropower, and other modifications as applicable, for the purpose of improving white sturgeon spawning success. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $93,548
Biological Objectives Metrics
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
2.c. Restore population productivity, Lower Snake
Focal Area: Hydrosystem
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring

Analyze/Interpret Data Young-of-year indexing analysis Analyze data collected during index sampling with gillnet and trawl gears in Columbia Zone 6 reservoirs and lower Snake River reservoirs. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $113,923
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
1.c. Ensure persistence of populations, Low. Snake
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
2.c. Restore population productivity, Lower Snake
Focal Area: Hydrosystem
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research

Analyze/Interpret Data Zone 6 Columbia River reservoir white sturgeon stock assessment data summary and analyses Task 2a. Data analysis to derive population abundance estimates and population dynamics parameters, Bonneville, John Day, and The Dalles reservoirs. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $113,734
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
3.a. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Gorge
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
Focal Area: Hydrosystem
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Determine sex, maturational status, and reproductive potential of sturgeon in impounded and unimpounded reaches Task 3a. Continue development of sex and maturity tests. More effective and easier to collect tests will allow better determination of sex and maturity in field studies. Work to define maturation cycle and periodicity in wild white sturgeon. Such information is vital to defining stock status, spawner/recruit relationships, and other productivity parameters. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $230,679
Biological Objectives Metrics
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
2.c. Restore population productivity, Lower Snake
Focal Area: Hydrosystem
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Lower Snake River reservoirs white sturgeon stock assessments Task 2b. Monitoring population dynamics and abundance of white sturgeon in Ice Harbor, Lower Monumental, and Little Goose reservoirs. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $327,475
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.c. Ensure persistence of populations, Low. Snake
2.c. Restore population productivity, Lower Snake
3.c. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Snake
Focal Area: Hydrosystem, Harvest
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Recreational white sturgeon fishery monitoring for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs. Task 1b. Continue sport angler surveys to estimate total recreational harvest of white sturgeon in lower Columbia River reservoirs. Data is used to continue intensive, reservoir-specific adaptive management of fisheries to maintain sustainable harvest and increase population abundance. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $717,703
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
3.a. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Gorge
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
Focal Area: Hydrosystem, Harvest
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Primary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Tribal white sturgeon fishery monitoring for Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs. Task 1b. Through sampling at commercial fish buying stations, monitor annual harvest of white sturgeon in Tribal fisheries in lower Columbia River reservoirs. Data is used to continue intensive, reservoir-specific adaptive management to maintain and increase harvestable populations. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $59,875
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
3.a. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Gorge
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
Focal Area: Hydrosystem, Harvest
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Primary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data White sturgeon stock assessment sampling in Zone 6 reservoirs Task 2a. Monitoring population dynamics and abundance of white sturgeon in Bonneville, The Dalles, and John Day reservoirs 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $603,592
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
3.a. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Gorge
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
Focal Area: Hydrosystem, Harvest
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Young of year (YOY) index gillnetting Task 2c. Monitoring in The Dalles, John Day, McNary, Ice Harbor, and Little Goose reservoirs. Monitoring of relative annual YOY success is crucial to understanding population dynamics, spawner/recruit relationships, and other population dynamics parameters. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $394,338
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
1.c. Ensure persistence of populations, Low. Snake
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
2.c. Restore population productivity, Lower Snake
Focal Area: Hydrosystem
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Young of year index trawling Task 2c. Monitoring of relative annual young-of-year abundance in Bonneville Reservoir via bottom trawl sampling 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $119,947
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
Focal Area: Hydrosystem
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Primary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research

Develop RM&E Methods and Designs Update population projection and population dynamics models Tasks 2a, 2b, and 3b. Incorporate existing and newly aquired information into models for projecting and describing populations. Develop and refine models as needed for fisheries management and planning. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $93,547
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
3.a. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Gorge
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
No Metrics for this Work Element

Mark/Tag Animals White sturgeon tagging Tasks 2a, 2b, 3a. Mark white sturgeon using PIT tags and mutilation marks (year-specific scute removals) in conjuntion with M/R abundance estimates, growth measurement, harvest monitoring, maturation research, and monitoring of fish movements. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $462,863
Biological Objectives Metrics
1.a. Ensure persistence of populations, Gorge
1.b. Ensure persistence of populations, Lower Mid
2.a. Restore population productivity, Gorge
2.b. Restore population productivity, Lower Middle
3.a. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Gorge
3.b. Ensure sustainable fisheries, Lower Middle
Focal Area: Hydrosystem
Primary R, M, and E Type: Status and Trend Monitoring
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Action Effectiveness Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Uncertainties Research
Secondary R, M, and E Type: Project Implementation/Compliance Monitoring


Section 8: Budget

Itemized Estimated Budget
Item Note FY 2007 Cost FY 2008 Cost FY 2009 Cost
Personnel ODFW $208,159 $213,828 $218,359
Personnel WDFW $242,742 $246,637 $250,589
Personnel USGS $41,149 $42,821 $44,307
Personnel CRTIFC $59,614 $59,899 $61,696
Personnel MSU $18,755 $19,591 $20,456
Fringe Benefits ODFW $112,318 $114,014 $117,184
Fringe Benefits WDFW $80,293 $80,750 $81,199
Fringe Benefits USGS $12,345 $12,846 $13,292
Fringe Benefits CRITFC $20,069 $19,168 $19,473
Fringe Benefits MSU $3,111 $3,499 $3,917
Supplies ODFW $44,381 $43,381 $46,381
Supplies WDFW $74,977 $76,160 $77,412
Supplies USGS $2,240 $2,470 $2,730
Supplies CRITFC $10,210 $10,517 $10,832
Supplies MSU $12,437 $12,437 $12,437
Travel ODFW $52,245 $51,850 $40,330
Travel WDFW $12,089 $13,265 $14,556
Travel USGS $6,396 $6,635 $6,755
Travel CRITFC $1,287 $1,326 $1,365
Overhead ODFW $149,615 $151,756 $151,463
Overhead WDFW $118,201 $120,417 $122,423
Overhead USGS $28,455 $29,668 $30,726
Overhead CRITFC $36,731 $37,833 $38,968
Overhead MSU $14,236 $14,744 $15,276
Other ODFW Subcontracts $75,000 $25,000 $25,000
Other CRITFC Subcontracts $160,558 $165,375 $170,336
Other BPA PIT Tags $15,750 $15,750 $15,750
Totals $1,613,363 $1,591,637 $1,613,212

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$4,818,212
Total Work Element budget$4,818,212

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
ODFW Personnel: FTE, Fringe, Indirect; O&M and Indirect $17,174 $17,689 $18,220 In-Kind Under Development
USFWS/MSU-BFTC Personnel: FTE, Fringe, Indire $34,161 $36,211 $38,383 In-Kind Under Development
WDFW Personnel: FTE, Fringe, Indirect $156,352 $158,854 $161,395 In-Kind Under Development
Totals $207,687 $212,754 $217,998

Section 9: Project Future
Project Future Costs and/or Termination
FY 2010 Est Budget FY 2011 Est Budget Comments
$1,606,110 $1,606,110 Based on continuation of 2007-2009 tasks into 2010 and 2011
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
Based on average, per year cost for 07-09.
 
Termination Date Comments
 
Final Deliverables

Section 10: Narrative
Document Type Size Date

Part 2 of 2. Reviews of Proposal
Administrative Review Group (ARG) Results
Account Type:
Expense
Location:
Province: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Subbasin: Mainstem on the ground/Multiprovince
Primary Focal Species
No Change
ARG Comments: [none]


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

FY 2007 Budget
$1,205,000
FY 2008 Budget
$1,225,000
FY 2009 Budget
$1,225,000
Total NPCC Rec
$3,655,000
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:Multi-province
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Reduce the work elements to priority elements.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$1,150,000
FY 2008 Budget
$1,150,000
FY 2009 Budget
$1,150,000
Total NPCC Rec
$3,450,000
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:Multi-province
Comments: Reduce the work elements to priority elements. Need to confirm what work can be accomplished at this budget level.
NPCC Staff Comments: Alt. 2 for additional budget reduction: Reduce the white sturgeon project (198605000) at least $300,000, which would take it from the $1.613m requested to $1.313m (which would put it a little more than $100,000 under the FY 2006 level of $1.432m). The MSRT recommended holding to the FY 2006 level at least, with the comment that the collaborating entities would need to restructure to fit within a reduced budget. Initial staff investigation indicates it might be able to go as low as $1.1m. MSRT recommends $400,000.

Local or MSRT Comments: The proposal is supported through collaboration between several entities. Those entities need to restructure this proposal to fit within the FY06 (a reduced) budget level.

MSRT General Comments: A large portion of the project should be considered on-the-ground (trap and haul juvenile sturgeon above the lower dams). This project is also the primary monitoring project for sturgeon on the lower river.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This is an excellent proposal from a group with good record of producing high quality technical reports and peer reviewed publications. The project is a key component in sturgeon stock assessment and management in the river above Bonneville. It appears to be worthy of high priority consideration. The rationale for the work is well established, although the narrative is not very specific. The proposal adequately relates its work to the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program (2003 Mainstem Amendments), NOAA Biological Opinion, subbasin plans, and sturgeon plans. The proposal provides an excellent history. A considerable amount of high quality research has been completed, and many technical reports and peer-reviewed publications have been produced.

Although fundable in its own right and not requiring a response, the project may benefit from a few ISRP comments. As more knowledge about white sturgeon is obtained, and technical skill and technologies evolve, is the project still collecting the best information? Based on data generated to date, some of the stock assessment methods could be reviewed for possible improvements (e.g., obtaining sex-specific data). Are the pragmatic management strategies in this proposal keeping pace with the developing science of habitat requirements of the species? As other white sturgeon projects in the basin focus on obtaining data related to clarifying and resolving a “survival bottleneck” in the phase of early life history from egg incubation to early juveniles, does this project have relevant field information to share or study opportunities? What opportunities are there for collaborative research between this project’s field crews and other sturgeon investigators? The project personnel have a history of innovative thinking and research that might be reactivated in light of recent developments in white sturgeon research elsewhere in the basin.


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

Recommendation: Fundable
NPCC Comments: This is an excellent proposal from a group with good record of producing high quality technical reports and peer reviewed publications. The project is a key component in sturgeon stock assessment and management in the river above Bonneville. It appears to be worthy of high priority consideration. The rationale for the work is well established, although the narrative is not very specific. The proposal adequately relates its work to the Council’s Fish and Wildlife Program (2003 Mainstem Amendments), NOAA Biological Opinion, subbasin plans, and sturgeon plans. The proposal provides an excellent history. A considerable amount of high quality research has been completed, and many technical reports and peer-reviewed publications have been produced.

Although fundable in its own right and not requiring a response, the project may benefit from a few ISRP comments. As more knowledge about white sturgeon is obtained, and technical skill and technologies evolve, is the project still collecting the best information? Based on data generated to date, some of the stock assessment methods could be reviewed for possible improvements (e.g., obtaining sex-specific data). Are the pragmatic management strategies in this proposal keeping pace with the developing science of habitat requirements of the species? As other white sturgeon projects in the basin focus on obtaining data related to clarifying and resolving a “survival bottleneck” in the phase of early life history from egg incubation to early juveniles, does this project have relevant field information to share or study opportunities? What opportunities are there for collaborative research between this project’s field crews and other sturgeon investigators? The project personnel have a history of innovative thinking and research that might be reactivated in light of recent developments in white sturgeon research elsewhere in the basin.

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