Protect East Fork Salmon River chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout habitat
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes (SBT)
Proposal contact person or principal investigator
Fisheries Department, P.O. Box 306 Ft. Hall, ID 83203
Phone / email
2084783758 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Manager authorizing this project
Chad G. Colter, Fish and Wildlife Coordinator
FY 2001 High Priority
Province / Subbasin
Mountain Snake / Salmon
Protect critical chinook salmon, steelhead, and bull trout habitat by aquiring property, providing riparian protection, modifying land use practices, removing fish passage barriers. Provide off-channel rearing and acclimation for natural fish production.
There are many excellent aspects of this proposal, however, some confusion is evident with regard to "natural fish production" (p. 1) and "supplementation" (p. 3--task 6b). There is inadequate information on how the slough might be "converted" to a hatchery-fish acclimation pond. Does this mean making some physical alterations, or just introducing the hatchery fish? The property acquisition looks promising. Some stock status data is given. The project includes M and E in a different project. The proposal needs more information on water rights, instream flow gains, and details on supplementation and releases.
The fact that this project is linked so closely with hatchery operations may make it difficult to evaluate the impact of habitat improvements alone. Depending on the details of the supplementation program, which were not provided with this proposal, it could be very suitable for a habitat improvement evaluation in conjunction with hatchery introductions, similar to 23040. NMFS has ranked this proposal a bit lower than 23040 for monitoring and evaluation, however, because there are several proposals addressing the same species in the same areas.