BPA Fish and Wildlife FY 1997 Proposal

Section 1. Administrative
Section 2. Narrative
Section 3. Budget

see CBFWA and BPA funding recommendations

Section 1. Administrative

Title of project
Columbia Basin Pit-Tag Information System

BPA project number   9008000

Business name of agency, institution or organization requesting funding

Sponsor type   PSMFC

Proposal contact person or principal investigator

 NameCarter Stein
 Mailing addressPacific States Fish Commission
45 SE 82nd Drive
Glandstone, OR 97027-2522

BPA technical contact   Tom Morse, EWN 503/230-3694

Biological opinion ID   NMFS BO RPA Sec. 13

NWPPC Program number   5.0F.10

Short description
Develop, operate, maintain, and enhance a long-term Columbia River Basin database on PIT Tag information.

Project start year   1990    End year   

Start of operation and/or maintenance   2000

Project development phase   Implementation, Maintenance

Section 2. Narrative

Related projects

Project history
Responsibility for the operations and maintenance of PIT tag equipment, and maintenance of the PTAGIS database were transfered from a BPA contract with NMFS to a BPA contract with PSMFC in 1990. The program has grow significantly in the last 5 years. It is expected to grow even more in the next five years as the Mid Columbia PUDs increase the use of PIT tags, as the Lower Columbia River projects come on-line, and as adult detection and other smolt monitoring (trawl nets, flat plates, etc) are integrated into the system.

Biological results achieved
Project has and will continue to provide critical information on survival and travel time of salmonids. These data and information are used by BPA, the Corps, and NMFS to assess the operational and construction effects of the Federal hydropower system on salmonids and by resource agencies and tribes to generate essential life history data and information on various populations of fish. .

Annual reports and technical papers
Quarterly and Annual reports addressing tagging and data entry protcol, data source input specification document and annual workshop report.

Management implications
The data and information generated by this program are an essential and critical database for the regions fishery managers and researchers and water managers and developers to use in the development and refinement of management plans and strategies for salmonids and water management in the Columbia River Basin.

Specific measureable objectives
To continue to provide high quality PIT tag data and information.

Testable hypothesis

Underlying assumptions or critical constraints


Brief schedule of activities
1. New interrogation systems to be installed at John Day (1997).
2. New interrogation systems at Bonneville (1998-2000).
3. New interrogation system at the Dalles (1999).
4. Transition to new ISO tag frequency (134.2 kHz) Spring 1998.
5. Operational support for separation by code (1998-1999).
6. Adult interrogation prototype in fish ladders (1998).
7. Trawl end monitors - Spring 1998.

Biological need

Critical uncertainties

Summary of expected outcome

Dependencies/opportunities for cooperation


Monitoring activity
Computer processes are established and evolving for monitoring process status.

Section 3. Budget

Data shown are the total of expense and capital obligations by fiscal year. Obligations for any given year may not equal actual expenditures or accruals within the year, due to carryover, pre-funding, capitalization and difference between operating year and BPA fiscal year.

Historic costsFY 1996 budget data*Current and future funding needs
1990: 329,268
1991: 1,044,000
1992: 875,267
1993: 2,369,000
1994: 1,304,556
1995: 1,454,648
Obligation: 0
Authorized: 982,685
Planned: 2,054,096
1997: 1,550,000
1998: 1,575,000
1999: 1,250,000
2000: 1,275,000
2001: 1,300,000

* For most projects, Authorized is the amount recommended by CBFWA and the Council. Planned is amount currently allocated. Contracted is the amount obligated to date of printout.

Funding recommendations

CBFWA funding review group   System Policy

Recommendation    Tier 1 - fund

Recommended funding level   $1,550,000

BPA 1997 authorized budget (approved start-of-year budget)   $1,387,000