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Project Summary

Project 2007-249-00 - Evaluation of Live Capture Gear
Project Number:
Evaluation of Live Capture Gear
The project will evaluate promising live-capture, selective fishing gears to increase harvest of target species while conserving weak stocks. Results will be applicable to other tributary and mainstem locations.

Results will be published. The project will be coordinated with any similar activities funded in the lower Columbia River. The Colville Tribes will use the study results to deploy the gear for subsistence and ceremonial fisheries in the upper Columbia River. Demonstrations of selective fishing will be available for other Columbia Basin fisheries.
Proponent Orgs:
Colville Confederated Tribes (Tribe)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Cascade Okanogan 40.00%
Mainstem - 60.00%
RM and E
Focal Species:
All Anadromous Salmonids
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Summer/Fall ESU
Sockeye - Okanogan River ESU
Steelhead - Upper Columbia River DPS
Steelhead - Upper Willamette River DPS
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%

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Summary of Budgets

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No Decided Budget Transfers

Pending Budget Decision?  No

Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2024
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
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Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2011 $0 0%
2010 $50,000 7%
2009 $0 0%
2008 $5,000 1%
2007 $0 0%


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
33620 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2007-249-00 EXP EVALUATION OF LIVE CAPTURE GEAR History $156,555 5/1/2007 - 5/31/2008
38411 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2007-249-00 EXP EVAL OF LIVE CAPTURE GEAR History $366,913 6/1/2008 - 5/31/2009
42689 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2007-249-00 EXP EVAL OF LIVE CAPTURE GEAR History $863,943 6/1/2009 - 5/31/2010
48620 SOW Colville Confederated Tribes 2007-249-00 EXP EVAL OF LIVE CAPTURE GEAR History $692,627 6/1/2010 - 7/31/2011

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):5
On time:2
Status Reports
On time:3
Avg Days Late:30

                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
33620 38411, 42689, 48620 2007-249-00 EXP EVAL OF LIVE CAPTURE GEAR Colville Confederated Tribes 05/01/2007 07/31/2011 History 18 26 0 0 8 34 76.47% 0
Project Totals 18 26 0 0 8 34 76.47% 0

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: 2007-249-00-NPCC-20090924
Project: 2007-249-00 - Evaluation of Live Capture Gear
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Approved Date: 10/23/2006
Recommendation: Fund
Comments: 1 year only, need to submit the sampling design (year 1) to the Council before out year commitment. ISRP fundable qualified: address ISRP comments during contracting.

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-249-00-ISRP-20060831
Project: 2007-249-00 - Evaluation of Live Capture Gear
Review: FY07-09 Solicitation Review
Completed Date: 8/31/2006
Final Round ISRP Date: None
Final Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria (Qualified)
Final Round ISRP Comment:
Overall, this is a well-written proposal, and the problem addressed is an important one. The proposal might require minor clarifications and adjustments to methods and objectives in the final selection process. The final sample design is dependent on the results of ongoing work by WDFW in 2006, a review by ISRP, and hiring of key personnel. A major strength of this proposal is that the proponents looked at a range of issues related to feasibility: safety, cost, etc. The proposal would be even stronger if issues of economics, property rights, and bycatch mortality had been addressed. The fish wheels are likely to be the most successful of the proposed gear types. This could be confirmed by direct (on the ground) consultations with people who have used this gear elsewhere. The fish wheel in western Washington (low cost) should be purchased if in situ testing is recommended. It might be possible to test the wheel in the first year of the project and if it is successful perhaps the net traps might not be needed. The ISRP does not recommend funding the fish stress evaluation study. At a minimum, the proponents should provide more explanation as to why physiological studies are necessary at this initial stage of feasibility evaluation. The proponents should be more specific about how hatchery fish will be identified. Are all hatchery fish marked? The budget is high, and more explanation should be provided for the "personnel" category (why 2.5 FTE? Who? What will they do?). The boat purchase also needs explanation. Why is purchase necessary? Are charter options available? Additional comments and questions by reviewers are listed below:

Technical and scientific background: The background provides a thorough description. The point is made that one problem with gillnets and tangle nets is that high water temperatures make catch and release infeasible. It would be helpful to have a little more explanation of this problem as well as how water temperature issues play out differently with the different gears. For example, what is the nature of the problem and why isn't it also a problem with pound nets, net traps, or fish wheels? The ecological and genetic (supplementation and hatchery) aspects of the bycatch problem are explained well. Many references are made to a non-peer reviewed report by Beamesderfer et al. (2005) wherein a model is used to forecast benefit of selective fishing. It would have been useful to have this apparently key document linked to the proposal.

Tasks (work elements) and methods: Many of the tasks involve coordination, permitting, and development of a research plan, data collection, and analysis. The tasks are reasonable for this approach. They include documentation of operational characteristics, safety and costs, which indicates recognition that feasibility is more than a question of technical possibility. The mesh sizes of the proposed by catch reduction devices (floating trap nets and fish wheel) are not given. These data are important for an assessment of the non-target species that the gear would catch. The proposal does not specify how hatchery fish are distinguished from wild fish, presumably the former are adipose clipped, but what is the current mark rate? Or is that part of the design (which is not finalized)? Methods for evaluating fish injury and stress are to be similar to those in the WDFW proposal (200710700). This degree of coordination is laudable; however, the ISRP does not recommend funding the stress evaluation at this initial stage of evaluation. A research design is not yet finalized, and so some aspects of this proposal are plans to develop a plan. The final design for the proposed study is dependent on ongoing 2006 projects by WDFW and ISRP review.

Monitoring and evaluation (M&E): The proposal contains several elements of monitoring and evaluation of gear performance. Another project's M&E program (200302200) will apparently be used to determine the effects of the selective harvest program on escapement of target and non-target species. A description of this M&E program would be helpful in this proposal. The final design of the study is needed before ISRP can assess the adequacy of the proposed M&E.

Facilities, equipment, and personnel: Equipment is adequately explained, except for the boat purchase. The proponents indicate that they will seek used boat, but have budgeted for new one. The ISRP recommends options for purchasing fishing gear and other equipment at a low cost. A discussion of range of options for obtaining boat services would be helpful. More explanation of the "personnel" budget line is needed. Key staff have yet to be hired and named.

Information transfer: Results are to be published in unspecified outlet. The proponents will make demonstrations of gear available to others. What are the proponent's plans for release and long-term storage of data and meta-data?

Non-focal species: The proposal should be augmented with a discussion of by catch of non-salmonids and non-focal species. A number of species could suffer mortalities, depending on mesh size, water temperature, etc. What is the fish community in the reaches of the Columbia River where the deployments are planned? The project may affect Bull Trout and other non-focal species. The proposal would be improved by a plan to monitor and evaluate bycatch of non-focal species.
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Legal Assessment (In-Lieu)

Assessment Number: 2007-249-00-INLIEU-20090521
Project Number: 2007-249-00
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: Testing selective fishing gear, fishery managers authorized/required.

Capital Assessment

Assessment Number: 2007-249-00-CAPITAL-20090618
Project Number: 2007-249-00
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: None

Name Role Organization
Joe Peone Supervisor Colville Confederated Tribes
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Colette Adolph (Inactive) Administrative Contact Colville Confederated Tribes
David Roberts (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Nikki Dick Administrative Contact Colville Confederated Tribes
Debra Wulff (Inactive) Administrative Contact Colville Confederated Tribes
Michael Rayton (Inactive) Project Lead Colville Confederated Tribes
John Skidmore Interested Party Bonneville Power Administration
Mickey Carter (Inactive) Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration