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Project Summary

Project 2007-059-00 - Abiotic and Biotic Factors Affecting the Success of Reintroductions of Anadromous Salmonids in Cle Elum Lake, Washington
Project Number:
2007-059-00
Title:
Abiotic and Biotic Factors Affecting the Success of Reintroductions of Anadromous Salmonids in Cle Elum Lake, Washington
Summary:
The goal of this proposal is to maximize salmon smolt production from Cle Elum Lake by 1) assessing predation effects on reintroduced salmon smolts, and 2) recommending management actions that will reduce production bottlenecks, if they occur.
Proposer:
None
Proponent Orgs:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) (Govt - State)
Starting FY:
2007
Ending FY:
2011
BPA PM:
None
Stage:
Area:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Plateau Yakima 100.00%
Purpose:
Programmatic
Emphasis:
RM and E
Focal Species:
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
Tags:
None
Special:
None
BiOp Association:
None

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Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review

Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-059-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-059-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 10/6/2006
In Lieu Rating: Problems Exist
Cost Share Rating: None
Comment: Research for re-introduction due to irrigation dam blockage (Cle Elum Lake), other entity required to address (Reclamation; fishery managers).

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-059-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-059-00
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 2/27/2007
Capital Rating: Does Not Qualify for Capital Funding
Capital Asset Category: None
Comment: None

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-059-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-059-00 - Abiotic and Biotic Factors Affecting the Success of Reintroductions of Anadromous Salmonids in Cle Elum Lake, Washington
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:
The proposal and response are inadequate. The ISRP's preliminary recommendation of "Not fundable" stands.

The ISRP's preliminary comments from June 2006: The ISRP cannot recommend funding for this project; there is inadequate justification and serious doubts regarding the feasibility for success. The benefit to focal species is highly uncertain, especially since the target is sockeye, but initial passage experiments are to be performed with coho. Moreover, there are likely to be negative impacts on non-target species, but this is not addressed.

Technical and scientific background: Although the broad goal of reestablishing salmon to Cle Elum Lake is certainly supportable, the fact that lake trout are present in this lake essentially eliminates this proposal from serious consideration. The authors apparently did not complete a rigorous study of the literature or study of the existing knowledge of fish communities that include this voracious predator.

The technical and scientific background was rather sparse and was not presented in a way that logically set up the entire program. There are a number of technical issues remaining unresolved; the least of which was why such a large, ambitious project would be planned with so little knowledge of the aquatic community present.

Rationale and significance to subbasin plans and regional programs: The rationale for doing this project is not compelling, as a priority need.

Relationships to other projects: The proposed work fits with (but should come after) efforts of the Yakama Nation and others to net pen rear and release fish in the lake to assess passage success.

Objectives: "The goal of this proposal is to maximize salmon smolt production from Cle Elum Lake by: 1) assessing how abiotic and biotic factors may limit the production of sockeye salmon smolts released from net pens within Cle Elum Lake, and 2) recommending management actions that will reduce production bottlenecks, if they occur (Phase I)."

A shotgun approach costing $1 million is outlined to try to anticipate the factors that might be important bottlenecks for salmon rearing. While that might succeed, it is much more indirect, risky and expensive than the alternate approach of waiting until salmon are indeed rearing and then assessing predation directly, and salmon food selection directly. In any case, initiation of this proposal should be contingent upon the successful demonstration that lake-river fish passage in both directions is adequate.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Methods are adequately described but not necessarily appropriate, as mentioned above.

Monitoring and evaluation: There was very little information offered on how this aspect would really be conducted - at least on a whole experiment level - some data analysis methods were given, but they do not represent a substitute for real M&E planning.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: It is unclear the likelihood for success would be good with existing facilities, equipment, and personnel.

Information transfer: There appears to be no clear information transfer.
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Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2007-059-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-059-00 - Abiotic and Biotic Factors Affecting the Success of Reintroductions of Anadromous Salmonids in Cle Elum Lake, Washington
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Do Not Fund
Comments:

Project Relationships: None