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Contract 60569: 2008-306-00 EXP DESCHUTES FALL CHINOOK RESEARCH
Project Number:
Title:
Deschutes River Fall Chinook Research and Monitoring
BPA PM:
Stage:
Implementation
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Deschutes 100.00%
Contract Number:
60569
Contract Title:
2008-306-00 EXP DESCHUTES FALL CHINOOK RESEARCH
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Contract Status:
Closed
Contract Description:
Since time immemorial, aboriginal people of the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon (CTWSRO) have harvested fall Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) for subsistence, ceremonial, and medicinal purposes.  Not only is this species culturally significant, but it also has a high economic and recreational value to non-Indians.  The CTWSRO has co-management authority of fisheries resources in the Deschutes River with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW).  Deschutes River fall Chinook are an indicator stock managed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty (PST) and is used to determine ocean harvest.  The CTWSRO has obligations to provide reliable escapement estimates to the United States Chinook Technical Committee, the body that implements the PST.  The ODFW has obligations to provide escapement estimates to the Columbia River Compact, which sets in-river harvest.  

Much of the data collection for fall Chinook in the Deschutes Basin has centered on providing escapement estimates of returning adults.  Aerial surveys for fall Chinook redds, in conjunction with tagging returning adults at Sherars Falls (river kilometer, Rkm, 70) and Pelton trap (Rkm 161), and carcass surveys are used to estimate abundance.  Aerial redd surveys have been conducted in index reaches and/or from the mouth to Pelton Re-regulating Dam (Rkm, 161) since 1977 (Howell et al. 1985).  Prior to 1977, redd enumeration was conducted sporadically and sample areas were not consistent (Jonasson and Lindsay 1988).  Efforts to validate redd counts in the Deschutes River took place in 2007 (Baker et al. 2009) and 2009 (CTWSRO Natural Resources Branch Fisheries Research Dept. 2010).  Juvenile fall Chinook were tagged with coded wire tags (CWT) from April through June 1978 to 1980 (Jonasson and Lindsay 1988) and again from late-April or May through June 2002 to 2009 (Baker and Graham 2010).  Adult Chinook with CWTs recovered in various fisheries were reported through Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Regional Mark Processing Center.  In 2011, we conducted a PIT tag feasibility study to determine how many out-migrant juvenile fall Chinook could be PIT tagged upstream of Sherars Falls.  Our efforts were successful in tagging 20,000 fish therefore efforts were continued in 2012 and will be conducted again in 2013.

The limited data documenting juvenile fall Chinook ecology in the Deschutes River was collected as part of CWT studies.  Anticipated changes in the thermal regime, new information about genetic population structure of fall Chinook, and an upcoming opportunity to collect novel data on migration timing, smolt-to-adult ratios and possibly abundance estimates in the lower Deschutes River warrant further studies targeting the juvenile life history stage.  

In 2013, study objectives are to:
Passive Integrated Transponders (PIT) tag up to 25,000 juvenile fall Chinook in the Deschutes River;
Collect data at the Deschutes River mouth PIT array;
Participate in Natural Resources Camp;
Conduct aerial redd counts; and,
Conduct carcass surveys to PIT and CWT tags.

Baker, C., J. C. Graham, and M. Fox. 2009. Aerial redd count validation for improving fall Chinook salmon abundance estimates in the Deschutes River, Oregon. Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, Warm Springs, OR.
Baker, C. F., and J. Graham. 2010. Coded wire tagging of fall Chinook salmon in the Deschutes River, Oregon.  2002 - 2009 summary report. Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, Warm Springs, OR.
CTWSRO Natural Resources Branch Fisheries Research Dept. 2010. Deschutes River Fall Chinook Research and Monitoring. Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon, Warm Springs, Oregon.
Howell, P. J., and coauthors. 1985. Stock assessment of Columbia River anadromous salmonids volume I: Chinook, coho, chum, sockeye stock summaries. Report to Bonneville Power Administration, Contract DE-A179-84BP12737, Project 83-85.  Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, OR.
Jonasson, B. C., and R. B. Lindsay. 1988. Fall chinook salmon in the Deschutes River, Oregon. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Portland, Oregon.
Account Type(s):
Expense
Contract Start Date:
04/15/2013
Contract End Date:
04/14/2014
Current Contract Value:
$82,880
Expenditures:
$82,880

* Expenditures data includes accruals and are based on data through 30-Apr-2021.

BPA COTR:
Env. Compliance Lead:
Work Order Task(s):
Contract Type:
Contract (IGC)
Pricing Method:
Cost Reimbursement (CNF)
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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
Documentation & Assistance To Support BPA's Environmental Compliance Group A: 165. Environmental Compliance For Data Collection Activities 2013 - 2014 04/14/2014 04/11/2014
Collect Movement Data From Deschutes River Mouth PIT Array B: 157. Collect Movement Data From Deschutes River Mouth PIT Array 04/14/2014 04/11/2014
PIT Tag Juvenile Fall Chinook C: 158. PIT Tag Juvenile Fall Chinook 2013 09/30/2013 09/30/2013
PIT Tag Data Submitted To PTAGIS D: 159. Submit & Acquire PIT Tag Data To/From PTAGIS 04/14/2014 11/26/2013
Conduct Carcass Surveys E: 157. Conduct Carcass Surveys 2013 - 2014 04/14/2014 04/11/2014
Conduct Aerial Redd Counts 2013 F: 157. Conduct Aerial Redd Counts 2013 04/14/2014 04/11/2014
Coded Wire Tag Inspection G: 157. Decode Coded Wire Tags - Carcass Surveys 2013 - 2014 04/14/2014 04/11/2014
Summary Of Results Submitted - Uploaded To Pisces I: 132. Summary Of 2012 - 2013 Results 02/28/2014 02/20/2014
Fulfill all administrative tasks with quality products and in a timely manner. J: 119. Manage Project 2013 - 2014 04/14/2014 04/11/2014

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Chinook (O. tshawytscha) - Deschutes River Summer/Fall ESU
  • 4 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 1 instance of WE 158 Mark/Tag Animals
  • 1 instance of WE 159 Transfer/Consolidate Regionally Standardized Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 165 Environmental Compliance For Data Collection Activities 2013 - 2014 04/15/2013
B 157 Collect Movement Data From Deschutes River Mouth PIT Array 04/15/2013
C 158 PIT Tag Juvenile Fall Chinook 2013 04/15/2013
D 159 Submit & Acquire PIT Tag Data To/From PTAGIS 04/15/2013
E 157 Conduct Carcass Surveys 2013 - 2014 04/15/2013
F 157 Conduct Aerial Redd Counts 2013 04/15/2013
G 157 Decode Coded Wire Tags - Carcass Surveys 2013 - 2014 04/15/2013
H 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 04/15/2013
I 132 Summary Of 2012 - 2013 Results 04/15/2013
J 119 Manage Project 2013 - 2014 04/15/2013