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Proposal 198503800: Colville Hatchery

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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 Dan Fairbank

Proposal Type: Ongoing
Proposal Number: 198503800
Proposal Name: Colville Hatchery
BPA Project Manager: Gregory Baesler
Agency, Institution or Organization: Colville Confederated Tribes
Short Description: This proposal will provide hatchery production of resident trout that support and enhance tribal subsistence fisheries and non-tribal recreational fisheries within the Colville Indian Reservation.
Information Transfer: An annual report will be generated and submitted to BPA and all data generated will be transmitted to the universal data base maintained by the Kalispel tribe, project presentations will be given at regional and national conferences. A website will be maintained and all information presented at www.colvillelakes.wsu.edu.
 
Project Proposal Contacts
Contact Organization Address Phone/Email Roles Notes
Form Submitter
Dan Fairbank Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Highwy 155 N PO Box 150
Nespelem WA 99155
Ph: 509.634.2121
Fax: ..
Email: dan.fairbank@colvilletribes.com
Form Submitter
All Assigned Contacts
Greg Baesler
Ph:
Fax:
Email: gdbaesler@bpa.gov
BPA COTR
Dan Fairbank Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Highwy 155 N PO Box 150
Nespelem WA 99155
Ph: 509.634.2121
Fax: ..
Email: dan.fairbank@colvilletribes.com
Contract Manager
Christine Vachter Bonneville Power Administration 905 NW 11th Ave
Portland OR 97208
Ph: 503.230.5321
Fax: 503.230.4508
Email: clvachter@bpa.gov
BPA Contracting Officer

Section 2: Project Location
Sponsor Province: Intermountain ARG Province: No Change
Sponsor Subbasin: Columbia Upper ARG Subbasin: No Change
Location(s) at which the action will be implemented
Latitude Longitude Waterbody Location Description County/State Subbasin Primary?
48 1 48 119 41 36 Colville Tribal Trout Hatchery , Washington Columbia Upper Yes

Section 3: Focal Species
Focal Species:
Primary Secondary Additional Species
Interior Redband Trout
Brook Trout
Lahontan Cutthroat
Westslope Cutthroat

Section 4: Past Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments for Each Fiscal Year of This Project
Fiscal Year Accomplishments
2004 Reared and stocked 42,865 lbs. of rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout into reservation waters. Continued rearing redband trout for broodstock program.
2003 Reared and stocked 62,335 lbs. of rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout into reservation waters. Continued collection and hatchery rearing redband trout for hatchery broodstock program.
2002 Reared and stocked 46,092 lbs of rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout into reservation waters. Initial year for collection of redband trout for hatchery broodstock program.
2001 Hatchery data unavailable
2000 Hatchery data not available
1999 Reared and stocked 75,045 lbs. of rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout into reservation waters.
1998 Reared and stocked 59,889 lbs. of rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout into reservation waters.
1997 Reared and stocked 38,880 lbs. of rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout into reservation waters.
1996 Reared and stocked 49,943 lbs. of rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout into reservation waters. Conducted brook and lahontan cutthroat trout broodstock collection and egg takes from Owhi and Omak Lakes.
1995 Reared and stocked 42,715 lbs. of rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout into reservation waters. Responsible for brook and lahontan cutthroat trout broodstock collections and egg takes.
1994 Reared and stocked 47,297 lbs. of rainbow, brook and cutthroat trout into reservation waters.Conducted initial fishery investigations on Buffalo, North and South Twin Lakes.
1993 Hatchery data unavailable
1992 Reared and stocked 44,390 lbs. of rainbow, brook and cuttroat trout into reservation waters.
1991 Reared and stocked 72,049 lbs rainbow, brook and cuttthroat trout into Colville Indian Reservation waters.

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 199001800 Rainbow Tr Hab/Pass Impr Prog Collect and analyze genetic make-up of interior redband trout from the San Poil River

Section 6: Biological Objectives
Biological Objectives of this Proposed Project
Biological Objective Full Description Associated Subbasin Plan Strategy Page Nos
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin Restore resident fish species (subspecies, stocks and populations) using artificial production. Intermountain strategies; a,b,c 34-18
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin Maintain average rainbow trout catch rates on Lake Rufus Woods at between 0.5 and 0.75 fish/hour annually, and maintain fish condition with Wr greater than or equal to 100. Intermountain Strategy; a,c 50-23
2A2-San Poil Subbasin Protect and enhance redband trout and kokanee salmon populations and preserve their genetic integrity, while maintaining their subsistence and recreational fishery. Intermountain Strategies A,D,E 42-16
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin Maintain, restore, and enhance wild populations of native fish, and subsistence species, to provide for harvestable surplus. Intermountain strategies; b,c,d 34-18
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin Rufus Woods. Preserve and enhance native fish where historically present. Intermountain Strategy b 50-22
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin Protect the genetic integrity of all focal and native fish species throughout the Subbasin. Intermountain strategies; b,c,d,e 50-25
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin Artificially produce enough fish to supplement consistent harvest to meet state and tribal management objectives. Intermountain strategies; a,d 34-19
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin Artificially produce enough salmonids to supplement a consistent harvest rate of 1 fish per hour, where habitats allow. Intermountain Strategy; a,b,c,d 50-24
2C2-San Poil Subbasin Artificially produce enough native, genetically appropriate salmonids stocks to supplement consistent harvest to meet state and Tribal management objectives. Intermountain strategies A and B 42-18

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 Obtain NEPA review and clearance All information necessary will be provided to BPA NEPA staff for them to make a NEPA determination on implementation of project, including but not limited to any anticipated ground disturbance activity, changes in animal husbandry, water bodies involved or fish species, etc. Permitting for transporting of fish is not required for fish within the boundaries of the reservation. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $1,500
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Maintain Hatchery Hatchery Maintenance Maintain buildings, grounds, and equipment at Colville Tribal Fish Hatchery to a fully functional state enabled to operate at a level that provides the optimal environment for rearing fish. Additionallly certain items have been noted by TOSHA that require attention during this performance period. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $429,210
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Hatchery Fish Maintain on-station Redband Rainbow Broodstock and produce fish for reservation waters. Maintain a Redband broodstock on station to provide a minimum of 400,000 fish annually to stock into reservation waters. Stocking regimes are determined from historical records and current creel data providing input for adapative stocking strategies. Stocking numbers and locations will be provided within the body of the annual report. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $450,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Hatchery Fish Produce Eastern Brook Trout for Reservation Waters. Obtain a minimum of 800,000 Eastern Brook Trout eggs from Owhi Lake, Owhi Lake Broodstock, to produce sub-yearling and yearling plants into reservation waters. Stocking regimes are determined from historical records and current creel data providing input for adapative stocking strategies. Stocking numbers and locations will be provided within the body of the annual report. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $441,975
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Hatchery Fish Produce Lahontan Cutthroat Lahontan Cutthroat Trout Broodstock (100 male and 100 female) will be collected and spawned at Omak Lake, the fertilized eggs will be transported, incubated and reared at the Colville Tribal Hatchery to sub-yearlings and then transported back to Omak Lake where they will be planted. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $27,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Hatchery Fish Produce Westslope Cutthroat and stock into reservation waters. Obtain a minimum of 25,000 eyed eggs from WDFW (if available) to produce 20,000 subyearling trout and stock in Gold, Summit and Cody Lakes. 10/1/2006 9/30/2007 $9,155
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Put and Take Fisheries Purchase Triploid Rainbow Trout and Stock into Reservation Waters Purchase trout from Columbia River fish farms for stocking into Rufus Woods and reservation waters. 3/1/2007 9/30/2009 $60,000
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Manage and Administer Projects Project Administration Colville Confederated Tribes overhead and administration of project. Developing of budgets, SOW, inventory, project purchasing and financial ovesight of contract. Human resource management consists of writing job descriptions, selection and orinetation of employee, disciplinary actions, performance evaluations and scheduling of man hours for project success. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $591,300
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Outreach and Education Local and Regional Information Exchange Education and communication with local and regional groups to promote the fish hatchery program. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $27,300
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Annual Report Annual report submitted to BPA Produce and deliver annual report to BPA. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $27,465
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Produce Pisces Status Report Status Reporting [Work Element Description Not Entered] 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $27,300
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Lake Surveys Baseline data was collected on reservation lakes following standardized lake sampling protocols and was completed in 2004. Oxygen/Temperature profiles will be collected for winter minimums and summer maximums to determine habitat suitability for hatchery production (i.e. to determine if lakes will be put and take fisheries or carry over fisheries). Electrofishing and gillneting techniques will be utilized to conduct surveys in the monitoring of fish abundance and fish condition. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $210,255
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Roving and voluntary creel of all reservation stocked waters Annually creel all reservation streams and lakes for anglar use and harvest. Use creel boxes to creel under utilized reservation lakes for angler use and harvest. These lakes include Omak, Big Goose, Little Goose, Summit, Rebecca, McGinnis, Bourgeau, Sugar and Nicholas Lakes. An Access-based creel program has been purchased and will be utilized to analyze all creel data and generate an annual report. This information is instrumental in defining the amount of fish stocked. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $300,237
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data Stream Surveys Survey five (5) reservation streams for habitat and fish presence/absence by electro fishing. Streams surveyed are selected based on field observations and importance to resident fish management in collaboration with other CCT staff. Fish will be sampled for length, weight, condition factor, and presence/absence of hatchery marks. Habitat perimeters such as stream flow, temperature, riparian conditions, substrate composition and pool riffle ratios will be measured. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $146,325
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
No Metrics for this Work Element

Mark/Tag Animals Differentially mark all hatchery production. Annually clip and mark all hatchery fish to differentiate between hatchery and wild fish. During creel survey all fish will be identified as hatchery fish or natural fish based on marking/tagging together with stream or lake location. This information will be used later for annual reporting and planting strategy. 10/1/2006 9/30/2009 $420,975
Biological Objectives Metrics
1A5-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A2-San Poil Subbasin
2A2-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2A3-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2A4-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C1-Upper Columbia Subbasin
2C2-Rufus Woods Subbasin
2C2-San Poil Subbasin
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] $405,534 $421,755 $438,625
Fringe Benefits [blank] $77,863 $80,978 $84,217
Supplies [blank] $177,917 $185,034 $192,435
Other Indirect cost $153,008 $159,128 $165,493
Other Telephone/Utilities $68,000 $70,720 $73,549
Other Repair/Maintennance $36,000 $37,440 $38,938
Other Vehicle Expenses $58,260 $60,590 $63,014
Travel [blank] $7,390 $7,686 $7,993
Other Training $5,000 $5,200 $5,408
Other Hatchery property insurance $8,000 $8,320 $8,653
Other Non-Capital Equipment $1,532 $1,593 $1,657
Other Sub-Contracts $17,000 $17,680 $18,387
Totals $1,015,504 $1,056,124 $1,098,369

Total Estimated FY 2007-2009 Budgets
Total Itemized Budget$3,169,997
Total Work Element budget$3,169,997

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
$1,115,000 $1,200,000 This hatchery program currently operates under a 25 year agreement with BPA.
Future Operations & Maintenance Costs
 
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
No changes were made to this proposal


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

FY 2007 Budget
$1,003,333
FY 2008 Budget
$1,003,333
FY 2009 Budget
$1,003,333
Total NPCC Rec
$3,009,999
Budget Type:Expense
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Recommendation:Fund
Comments: Budget reductions concurs with ISRP except for task 2a regarding triploid fish: continue to mark fish going into streams for tribal management.


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

FY 2007 Budget
$1,003,333
FY 2008 Budget
$1,003,333
FY 2009 Budget
$1,003,333
Total NPCC Rec
$3,009,999
FY 2007 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2008 MSRT Rec
$ 0
FY 2009 MSRT Rec
$ 0
Total MSRT Rec
$ 0
Budget Category:ProvinceExpense
Comments:
NPCC Staff Comments: ISRP fund in part: Concur with ISRP except for task 2a regarding triploid fish: continue to mark fish going into streams for tribal management.

Local or MSRT Comments: Withdrew purchase RBT fr net pens. Reduced $12,171 FY07, $52,791 FY08, $95,036 FY 09.


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

Recommendation: Fundable in part
NPCC Comments: The response, including a revised proposal with some relatively minor changes, was helpful in addressing reviewers' concerns regarding some issues but not others. The program is a stand-alone effort to provide hatchery fish to partially compensate for the loss of aquatic resources above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams. Some work is also done on native trout in Reservation streams. In the previous review the ISRP was critical of the cost - then about $8 per pound of fish stocked, with an unknown fraction of those fish actually being caught by anglers. That cost now has increased in the current proposal to approximately $20 per pound. Sponsors' response pointed out that more than one-third of that cost reflects the cost of related programs (M&E, outreach and education, fish marking). Reviewers continue the assertion (despite the response) that a large portion of those related biological programs are of no significant utility toward the project goal of providing hatchery-reared resident trout (or benefiting other fish or wildlife resources). Details of that position are presented below.

The response corrects the statement made in the original proposal that only pre-1999 M&E reports and annual reports were available, and the existence of more recent reports is appreciated by reviewers. However, reviewers were not able to obtain the Reservation Lakes Survey (Fairbank 2005) prior to completing this final set of comments and thus must assume pertinent results were summarized in the sponsors' response.

Following the response, reviewers continue to support Fundable in Part for the ongoing fish purchase, rearing, and stocking (Task 1) and redband and cutthroat trout stream surveys (Task 3a). Also fundable is Task 2b, to conduct creel census surveys. The response clarified that the basic creel census data were regularly used to gauge the performance of stocked trout. Given that the sponsors have some creel survey evidence that the stocking program is at least a partial success, continued hatchery production must be associated with a rigorous assessment of the reliability of the creel check program. The ISRP commends sponsors' commitment in the response to refine data collection techniques to enable them to calculate return to creel data in a more reliable and consistent manner. Reviewers reiterate that such data collection should include an estimation of numbers of fish caught, to be compared with number stocked. Relevant future findings should routinely be reported in the project history.

The project has a marking program and a genetics program, and it has a limnology program directed to understanding the carrying capacity for valuable fishes. Although the program has been in existence since 1985, the presentation included only a few results gathered from creel check and virtually no results from these other activities that show evidence of benefits to fish. There is no basis provided to justify the scientific credibility of those aspects of the program, and there is no demonstrated basis for continuing much of this work. Not Fundable are Task 2a (fish marking), Task 2c (conducting relative abundance surveys on lakes), Task 3b (fish genetic evaluation), and the tasks under Objective 4 (monitoring of lake environment and plankton populations).

Reviewers note and encourage continued efforts to shift stocking from non-native trout species, as has historically been done, to native redband and triploid (presumably sterile) rainbow trout. However, the ISRP recommends that only female triploids are stocked, because male triploids (in mixed sex production lots) will engage in courtship behavior with native trout, possibly leading to gamete waste (from the native trout). The ISRP notes that standardized Quality Assurance/Quality Control protocols are not yet established for using sterile female triploids to provide recreational angling in waters inhabited by native trout. Large-scale production of triploid female rainbow trout is not 100% effective. Sponsors should have the production lots they stock evaluated for the percentage of triploids, and report this as part of the project monitoring. The efficacy of avoiding hybridization between stocked and native trout is unknown when less than 100% of the stocked fish are triploids. Ongoing evaluation of hybridization in contemporaneous native trout populations will be needed in the future. Stocking triploid females to provide recreational angling in regions with highly sensitive native populations is not yet justified. See Kozfkay, J. R., J. C. Dillon, and D. J. Schill. 2006. Routine use of sterile fish in salmonid sport fisheries: are we there yet? Fisheries 31(8):392 - 401.


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

Recommendation: Fundable in part
NPCC Comments: Reviewers support fundable in part for the continued fish purchase, rearing, and stocking (Task 1) and redband and cutthroat trout stream surveys (Task 3). Not fundable are Tasks 2 (creel census and diet analysis, fish marking, and fish relative abundance surveys in lakes) and 4 (monitoring of lake environment and plankton populations).

The program is a stand-alone effort to provide hatchery fish to partially compensate for the loss of aquatic resources above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams and to conduct associated M&E. Some work is also done on native trout in Reservation streams. In the previous review the ISRP was critical of the cost - then about $8 per pound of fish stocked, with an unknown fraction of those fish actually being caught by anglers. Now, that cost now has increased in the current proposal to approximately $20 per pound.

Reviewers note and encourage continued efforts to shift stocking from non-native trout species, as has historically been done, to native redband and triploid (sterile) rainbow trout. Project M&E (proposal tasks 2 and 4) in lakes constitutes a large amount of the proposal. However, M&E results to date have never been compiled. The proposal states that annual reports for 1998/99 are in progress at the time of this proposal submittal. No data synthesis of any monitoring was included in the proposal. Most of the monitoring is designed to assess the performance (growth, catch rate, etc.) of stocked fish and does not need to be repeated annually. There is no evidence that stocking levels have ever been modified as a result of any monitoring. Therefore (although the ISRP typically supports some basic harvest monitoring – see programmatic comments) it seems reasonable to recommend the suspension of M&E efforts until they can be shown to be useful.

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