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Contract 68646: 2008-109-00 EXP RESIDENT FISH RM&E
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Resident Fish Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RM&E)
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Intermountain Columbia Upper 100.00%
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The Colville Confederated Tribes (CCT) Resident Fish RM&E project is a Columbia River Fish Accord project that began in 2008. The primary goal for the Resident Fish RM&E Project is to conserve, enhance and restore native fish populations in the blocked area above Grand Coulee Dam in Lake Roosevelt and its tributaries, and where appropriate provide opportunities for subsistence harvest by the Colville Tribal members and recreational anglers. The current work of the RM&E project will focus on the protection and conservation of redband trout populations on the Colville Confederated Tribes Reservation, with a focus on the Sanpoil River.

Rainbow trout are a focal species in the Sanpoil Subbasin under the Intermountain Province Subbasin Plan (IMP) due to their recreational value as a sport fish and their cultural significance to the CCT (Gillin and Pizzimenti 2004). The Columbia River redband trout are a subspecies of rainbow trout native to the Columbia River drainage east of the Cascade Mountains as far as barrier falls on the Snake, Spokane, Pend Oreille, and Kootenai rivers (Allendorf et al. 1980; Behnke 1992; McLellan and Lee 2010). Effective fisheries management of redband trout requires an understanding of population structure, complex historical management activities, geography, and life history strategies (Small et al. 1998; McCusker et al. 2000; Spidle et al. 2003; Spruell et al. 2003; Small et al. 2007).
Two genetically distinct subspecies of rainbow trout have been identified within the Sanpoil Subbasin(Small and Dean 2006, 2007). Redband trout are native to the drainage, while coastal rainbow trout have been introduced to the area (Gillin and Pizzimenti 2004). Native redband may be genetically similar to the native, steelhead populations that were once abundant within the upper Columbia River system (Leary 1997; Gillan and Pizzimenti 2004). In order to properly manage the redband population for protection and enhancement, an understanding of population dynamics is necessary along with an understanding of survival in trends during key life stages.

In 2010 the Colville Tribe began working with regional co-managers to develop a comprehensive plan to monitor the redband trout populations in the blocked area. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (McLellan and Lee 2010) developed a proposal to be used by the co-managers to develop redband stock assessment projects. It was envisioned this document would assist the co-managers with developing similar protocols so that data collected by multiple projects and entities would be compatible and comparable.

This is the outline the CCT has used to develop the Resident Fish RM&E program to conduct stock assessments on redband trout in the Sanpoil River. The project plans to implement four primary tasks which include monitoring abundance, monitoring recruitment, monitoring harvest, and monitoring escapement to assist with management decisions. The development of a multi-year data set will enable managers to monitor trends over time and address potential limiting factors.

Monitoring Recruitment: The project will use PIT tag arrays and screw traps to estimate recruitment of redband trout to Lake Roosevelt from the Sanpoil River basin. If funds are available the CCT’s Lake Roosevelt Habitat Improvement Project (LRHIP) (1990-018-00) will implant juvenile redband trout with PIT tags during their baseline tributary surveys in the summer of 2014. Out-migration timing will be monitored with the PIT tag array.  The project will place 3 PIT tag arrays at key tributaries to monitor fluvial and adfluvial population movement trends.

Monitor Harvest: The project will coordinate with the Lake Roosevelt Fisheries Evaluation Project (1994-043-00) to obtain creel information on wild rainbow trout. Creel clerks scan all wild rainbow trout for PIT tags. The project will estimate harvest impacts from these data.

Monitor Escapement: The project will monitor lacustrine adfluvial escapement into the Sanpoil River from a weir trap installed near the mouth of the river.  The project is currently coordinating with other projects to cost-share the development and construction of a permanent weir, as temporary weir cannot withstand the intense spring runoffs.  The mainstem PIT tag array will also be used to track movements of spawning fish.

The development of a standardized stock assessment project will enable biologists to estimate the current status of the redband stock relative to management targets. These estimates will then be used to suggest management activities to improve abundance of redband trout.
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Deliverable Title WSE Sort Letter, Number, Title Start End Complete
All administrative tasks fulfilled with timely quality products B: 119. Project Administration 04/30/2016 04/29/2016
Environmental compliance C: 165. Environmental Compliance 04/30/2016 04/29/2016
Redband Trout movement patters D: 157. Redband Trout movement monitoring 04/30/2016 04/29/2016
Analysis and interpretation of PIT tag data E: 162. Redband Trout movement analysis 04/30/2016 04/29/2016
Collect adult rainbow trout in the Sanpoil River weir F: 157. Redband Trout Escapement 04/30/2016 04/29/2016
Analysis and interpretation of weir trap data G: 162. Redband Trout Escapement analysis 04/30/2016 04/29/2016
Redband Trout recruitment H: 157. Redband Trout juvenile recruitment 04/30/2016 04/29/2016
Analysis and interpretation of screw trap data I: 162. Redband Trout recruitment analysis 04/30/2016 04/29/2016
Produce accessible, error-checked datasets J: 157. Sanpoil River Water Quality 04/30/2016 04/29/2016
Provide assistance with predator removal K: 190. Nonnative predator removal: assist with predator removal in the Sanpoil Arm 07/31/2015 07/31/2015
Progress Report has been published N: 132. Submit Summary Report for the period (Jan 2014 to Dec 2014) 03/15/2016 03/15/2016

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Primary Focal Species Work Statement Elements
Kokanee (Oncorhynchus nerka)
  • 1 instance of WE 190 Remove, Exclude and/or Relocate Animals
Trout, Interior Redband (O. mykiss gairdnerii)
  • 1 instance of WE 190 Remove, Exclude and/or Relocate Animals
  • 4 instances of WE 157 Collect/Generate/Validate Field and Lab Data
  • 3 instances of WE 162 Analyze/Interpret Data

Sort WE ID WE Title NEPA NOAA USFWS NHPA Has Provisions Inadvertent Discovery Completed
A 185 Periodic Status Reports for BPA 05/01/2015
B 119 Project Administration 05/01/2015
C 165 Environmental Compliance 05/01/2015
D 157 Redband Trout movement monitoring 05/01/2015
E 162 Redband Trout movement analysis 05/01/2015
F 157 Redband Trout Escapement 05/01/2015
G 162 Redband Trout Escapement analysis 05/01/2015
H 157 Redband Trout juvenile recruitment 05/01/2015
I 162 Redband Trout recruitment analysis 05/01/2015
J 157 Sanpoil River Water Quality 05/01/2015
K 190 Nonnative predator removal: assist with predator removal in the Sanpoil Arm 05/01/2015
L 132 Submit Summary Report for the period (Jan 2012 to Dec 2012) 05/01/2015
M 132 Submit Summary Report for the time period January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 05/01/2015
N 132 Submit Summary Report for the period (Jan 2014 to Dec 2014) 05/01/2015