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Project Summary

Project 1992-040-00 - Redfish Lake Sockeye Broodstock
Project Number:
Redfish Lake Sockeye Broodstock

The project's primary goal is to provide a safety net captive broodstock population that can be used to sustain Snake River sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka). The program's secondary goal is to generate fish that can be used to speed the rebuilding of this population listed as Endangered under the U. S. Endangered Species Act.

The Salmon Subbasin Plan includes these future goals for Redfish Lake Sockeye:

• Natural spawning component of 2,000 adults, based on the NOAA Fisheries interim abundance de-listing criteria.
• Long-term return of 8,000 - 44,500, based on management plans.
• For FY 2007 produce approximately 125,000 eyed eggs for transfer to Idaho for use in some combination of egg box, pre-smolt, and smolt release and to produce approximately 250 adult fish that will be allowed to spawn naturally and approximately 250 adult for artificial production.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), in partnership with Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has been maintaining U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed Snake River sockeye salmon from Redfish Lake, Idaho in a captive broodstock program since 1991. Captive broodstocks are a form of artificial propagation where fish are cultured in captivity for most or all of their life cycle. These programs provide a safety net to prevent populations from going extinct. Captive broodstock programs generate much higher egg-to-spawner survival (usually > 50%) than occurs in nature (usually < 0.2 %). This higher in-culture survival of captive broodstock salmon enables them to produce a large number of eyed eggs, fry, and smolts per generation for use in restoration programs. This large number of progeny per generation is being used by the program to "jumpstart" the restoration of ESA-listed endangered Redfish Lake sockeye salmon.

In the Salmon Subbasin Summary, Federal, state, and tribal agencies repeatedly call for artificial production programs, like the Redfish Lake sockeye salmon captive broodstock program, to meet goals and objectives (Section 5.2, Fisheries Needs 14 and 15). The continuation of current programs, such as the Redfish Lake sockeye salmon captive broodstock program, is also a required reasonable and prudent action (Item 177) in the NOAA Fisheries 2000 FCRPS Biological Opinion and an Updated Proposed Action (Hatchery UPA 13) in the 2004 Biological Opinion on Remand (Sections and 9.3). In addition, the implementation and refinement of captive broodstocks for the recovery of Snake River sockeye salmon have been identified as priorities in the 1994 Northwest Power Planning Council's (NWPPC) Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (7.4A.1-3), are part of the overarching and regional objectives of the 2000 NWPPC Columbia Basin Fish and Wildlife Program, and are priorities described in the NOAA Fisheries proposed Recovery Plan for Snake River salmon.

Between 1991 and 2006, NOAA Fisheries has captive reared the progeny of sockeye salmon that returned to Redfish Lake. Maturity of these fish in captivity from fall 1994 through 2006 has resulted in hundreds of prespawning adults; hundreds of thousands of eyed eggs; and thousands of juveniles being provided to IDFG for release to Stanley Basin lakes. In upcoming years, the cooperative NOAA Fisheries/IDFG Redfish Lake captive broodstock program should continue to provide large numbers of animals for use in recovery efforts. NOAA Fisheries feels that continuation of cooperative captive broodstock programs is imperative to aid recovery of Redfish Lake sockeye salmon.


Because of the critically low population size of Redfish Lake sockeye salmon, captive broodstocks appear to offer the only hope to maintain the species while habitat improvements are underway. The maintenance of geographically separate captive brood populations at Eagle, Idaho and Burly, Washington will remain a key factor in reducing the risk of catastrophic loss of the Redfish Lake sockeye salmon gene pool from mechanical failure, human error, or disease. The NOAA-Fisheries captive broodstock project expects to produce up to 500 maturing fish for use in the adult release or for artificial spawning programs during the contract cycle. It is anticipated the project will supply up to 125,000 eyed eggs for use in the egg box program or rearing in the fry and smolt production programs during this contract cycle. During this contract cycle the project will continue to maintain at least 300 fish from each of three broodyears in the safety net for this ESA listed stock. In aggregate, these actions will continue to prevent the extinction of Snake River Sockeye salmon and produce fish for release in the rebuilding of this ESA listed species.
Proponent Orgs:
Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Mountain Snake Salmon 100.00%
Artificial Production
Focal Species:
Sockeye - Snake River ESU
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2024
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The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, Closed, Complete, History, Issued.
* "Total Contracted Amount" column includes contracted amount from both capital and expense components of the contract.
Expense Contracts:
Number Contractor Name Title Status Total Contracted Amount Dates
172 REL 1 SOW National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 92040,REDFISH LK. SOCKEYE SALMON CAP. BRDSTK. REARING & RESEARCH History $72,063 12/1/1999 - 11/30/2000
4664 SOW National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 1992-040-00 REDFISH LAKE SOCKEYE SALMON CAPTIVE BROODSTOCK REARIN Closed $2,148,377 4/30/2001 - 11/30/2003
BPA-010968 Bonneville Power Administration FY04 land acquisitions Active $590,904 10/1/2003 - 9/30/2004
16002 SOW National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration PI 1992-040-00 REDFISH LAKE SOCKEYE SALMON CAPTIVE BROODSTOCK REA Closed $673,941 12/1/2003 - 11/30/2004
BPA-010969 Bonneville Power Administration FY05 misc. expenditures Active $3,188 10/1/2004 - 9/30/2005
20395 SOW National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration PI 199204000 REDFISH LAKE SOCKEYE SALMON CAPTIVE BROODSTOCK REARI Closed $732,041 12/1/2004 - 2/28/2006

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):1
On time:1
Status Reports
On time:0
Avg Days Late:111

                Count of Contract Deliverables
Earliest Contract Subsequent Contracts Title Contractor Earliest Start Latest End Latest Status Accepted Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
172 REL 1 4664, 16002, 20395, 25317, 30172, 35842, 40175, 45325, 46273 REL 18, 46273 REL 34, 46273 REL 54, 46273 REL 74, 46273 REL 92, 46273 REL 108, 46273 REL 125, 46273 REL 141, 46273 REL 157, 83639 REL 2, 83639 REL 14, 83639 REL 30, 83639 REL 42, 83639 REL 54 2007-402-00 EXP NOAA SOCKEYE SALMON CAPTIVE BROOD National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 12/01/1999 12/31/2024 Issued 94 220 13 0 15 248 93.95% 5
BPA-10968 FY04 land acquisitions Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2003 09/30/2004 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
BPA-10969 FY05 misc. expenditures Bonneville Power Administration 10/01/2004 09/30/2005 Active 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Project Totals 94 220 13 0 15 248 93.95% 5

The table content is updated frequently and thus contains more recent information than what was in the original proposal reviewed by ISRP and Council.

Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 1992-040-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 1992-040-00 - Redfish Lake Sockeye Broodstock
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-040-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 1992-040-00 - Redfish Lake Sockeye Broodstock
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Does Not Meet Scientific Review Criteria
Final Round ISRP Comment:
See the ISRP comments under proposal 199107200.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 1992-040-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 1992-040-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems May Exist
Cost Share Rating: 3 - Does not appear reasonable
Comment: Burley Creek hatchery O&M and RM&E regarding captive broodstock; fishery managers authorized/required; query whether cost share is sufficient.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 1992-040-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 1992-040-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Project Relationships: This project Merged To 2007-402-00 effective on 7/2/2007
Relationship Description: All work and budgets from projects 1991-071-00 (EXP), 1991-072-00 (EXP & CAP), 1992-040-00 (EXP & CAP), 2005-012-00 (CAP) is moved to project 2007-402-00.

Name Role Organization
Desmond Maynard (Inactive) Project Lead National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Gregory Baesler (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
David Byrnes (Inactive) Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration