Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program
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Contract 59885: 1998-014-00 EXP OCEAN SURVIVAL OF SALMONIDS (OSU)
Project Number:
Title:
Ocean Survival Of Salmonids
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Ocean - 100.00%
Contract Number:
59885
Contract Title:
1998-014-00 EXP OCEAN SURVIVAL OF SALMONIDS (OSU)
Contract Continuation:
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  • 62827: 1998-014-00 EXP OCEAN SURVIVAL OF SALMONIDS (OSU)
Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Over the past fifteen years we have demonstrated that the distribution, abundance, and survival of juvenile Columbia River salmon in the northern California Current vary synchronously with variable ocean conditions.  Because of this new understanding, we have been able to develop a suite of physical, biological and ecological indicators of ocean conditions that are useful predictors of salmon survival and which are posted to our web-site semi-annually. These efforts now provide outlooks on returns one to two years in advance for coho and spring Chinook salmon. We continue to demonstrate that efforts by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC) and BPA to restore, rehabilitate, and enhance salmon production must be evaluated in terms of ocean conditions.

The primary goal of our work is to further understand how the ocean and Columbia River (CR) plume conditions affect juvenile salmonids, then predict, in a quantitative rather than qualitative manner, how changing ocean conditions will affect salmonid growth and survival and subsequent adult returns.  From this research we can recommend ways to link management actions to various river, plume and ocean conditions for effective management of salmon using an ecosystem approach.

Given the complexity of interactions between climate, ocean, and plume conditions, none of the years examined to date have provided a similar suite of conditions.  It is clear that we have not yet observed all possible or repeated environmental/oceanographic ecosystem combinations that support juvenile salmon.  Because of impending climate change impacts, a longer time series is needed for climate-salmon studies to provide sufficient statistical power to discern the key climate, ocean, and ecological factors that modulate salmon survival in the sea.  A longer time series, the limit of which remains unclear at this time, will improve our ability to help managers of the Columbia River Basin develop longer range assessments of climate change impacts on use of hatchery, habitat restoration, and altering river flows to restore endangered salmon populations.

Our efforts are built around the core hypothesis that early ocean growth and survival of Columbia River juvenile Chinook and coho salmon are determined through both bottom-up and top-down processes associated with productivity of coastal waters and the Columbia River plume habitat during spring and summer.  Through correlation analysis we will continue to validate current relationships described in our Summary of Findings to Date as well as further develop metrics relating to smolt-to-adult survival of specific populations of Columbia River Chinook and coho salmon with food distribution, abundance and quality, and distribution and abundance of potential predators.  In addition, we will link performance indices of salmon condition to indices of food quantity and quality within specific regions of the coastal ocean.  Statistical power is provided by generating a time series of sufficient duration that include the inevitable variability provided by the ocean environment.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
10/01/2012
Contract End Date:
09/30/2013
Current Contract Value:
$219,042
Expenditures:
$219,042

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Jun-2024.

BPA COR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Contract Contractor:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Grant
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Full Name Organization Write Permission Contact Role Email Work Phone
Kim Calvery Oregon State University No Administrative Contact kim.calvery@oregonstate.edu (541) 737-2198
Anne Creason Bonneville Power Administration Yes COR amcreason@bpa.gov (503) 230-3859
Brenda Heister Bonneville Power Administration Yes Contracting Officer bsheister@bpa.gov (503) 230-3531
Kym Jacobson National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Yes Supervisor kym.jacobson@noaa.gov (541) 867-0375
Cheryl Morgan Oregon State University Yes Technical Contact cheryl.morgan@oregonstate.edu (541) 979-0251
Donald Rose Bonneville Power Administration Yes Env. Compliance Lead dlrose@bpa.gov (503) 230-3796
Jessica Waddell Oregon State University Yes Contract Manager jessica.waddell@oregonstate.edu (541) 867-0181
Benjamin Zelinsky Bonneville Power Administration Yes F&W Approver bdzelinsky@bpa.gov (503) 230-4737


Viewing of Work Statement Elements

Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Concluded
Confirm BPA EC Lead has necessary permits A: 165. Confirm BPA EC Lead has permits 01/31/2013 01/30/2013
Fulfill all administrative tasks with quality products and in a timely manner. B: 119. Routine contract administration 09/30/2013 09/24/2013
Nektonic species sampling cruises C: 157. Nektonic Species sampling - Plume & coastal Oregon & Washington 09/24/2013 09/24/2013
Assess the role of the plume on salmon growth D: 162. Assess the role of the plume on salmon growth and survival 09/30/2013 09/24/2013
Deliver Annual Reports (RME, BiOp and Close out) to BPA F: 132. Submit 3 Reports to BPA 09/30/2013 03/15/2013

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) - All Populations
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Coho (Oncorhynchus kisutch) - Lower Columbia River ESU (Threatened)
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data
Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) - All Populations
  • 1 instance of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Confirm BPA EC Lead has permits 10/01/2012
B 119 Routine contract administration 10/01/2012
C 157 Nektonic Species sampling - Plume & coastal Oregon & Washington 04/09/2013
D 162 Assess the role of the plume on salmon growth and survival 10/01/2012
E 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 10/01/2012
F 132 Submit 3 Reports to BPA 10/01/2012