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Project Summary

Project 2008-455-00 - Sturgeon Management
Project Number:
Sturgeon Management
The long-term goal of the Yakama Sturgeon Management Project (2008-455-00) is to facilitate restoration of viable populations and fisheries for white sturgeon in mid-Columbia River reservoirs. Phase I (2009-2010) of the Yakama Sturgeon Management Project (2008-455-00): will accomplish the following:
1. Assist in the development of a recovery, research and monitoring strategy, and hatchery Master Plan for depleted sturgeon populations in FCRPS portions of the mid-Columbia (below Priest Rapids Hydroelectric Project) and lower Snake rivers.
2. Continue to develop critical expertise and refine effective sturgeon culture methodology for spawning and rearing of white sturgeon using tribal staff, facilities and resources, and captive broodstock currently maintained on the Yakama Reservation at the Prosser and Marion Drain Hatcheries.
3. Identify facility and staff requirements and costs of hatchery alternatives for use in research/monitoring and hatchery Master Plan considerations (based on #2 and #3 above).
4. Develop a detailed implementation plan for production and rearing of juvenile sturgeon as appropriate for use in experimental research and hatchery feasibility evaluations (as identified in #1 above).
5. Assist in the development and implementation of effective experimental research and hatchery feasibility evaluations (as identified in #1 above).
This work complements other ongoing sturgeon research and restoration efforts and directly addresses the objective of the 2004 NPCC Subbasin Plan to increase sturgeon abundance in the lower mid-Columbia mainstem by: 1) continuing to develop hatchery technology and methodologies, 2) evaluating the need for hatchery supplementation. Over 20 years of dedicated research and management has failed to date to restore natural productivity or opportunities for harvest of mid-Columbia River sturgeon impacted by the hydropower system. Policy choices make it clear that future sturgeon restoration efforts will involve some use of hatchery sturgeon either as experimental subjects for research of limiting factors or for supplementation of unproductive natural populations upstream from Bonneville Dam. Hatchery measures including experimental applications and supplementation are being developed in a comprehensive strategic and Master Plan effort initiated under the MOA by the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (Project 2007-155-00). The YN project does not propose building new hatchery facilities or releasing hatchery-reared sturgeon during Phase I. Phase I identifies hatchery evaluation and development work to be completed concurrent with CRITFC comprehensive strategic and hatchery master planning which will clarify appropriate applications and objectives for hatchery sturgeon in the lower mid-Columbia River (downstream from Priest Rapids). Phase II work of the YN project will depend on the outcomes of the CRITFC strategic and master planning effort and YN Phase I results. YN Phase I involves short term (one-year) contracts with the Bonneville Power Administration and does not include the development of significant new facilities. YN Phase II might include significant new facilities contingent on the outcome of the strategic and master planning process. Work will be completed by Yakama Tribal fishery program staff in coordination with fishery co-managers from other treaty tribes and the states. Hatchery activities will occur primarily at established Tribal Facilities at Prosser and Marion Drain Hatcheries, and may involve limited temporary modifications.
Proponent Orgs:
Yakama Confederated Tribes (Tribe)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Implementation - Project Status Report
Province Subbasin %
Columbia Cascade Columbia Upper Middle 100.00%
Artificial Production
Focal Species:
Sturgeon, White - Lower Columbia River
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 60.0%   Resident: 40.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:

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Summary of Budgets

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Decided Budget Transfers  (FY2019 - FY2021)

Acct FY Acct Type Amount Fund Budget Decision Date
FY2019 Expense $147,731 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Extensions (Yakama Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018
FY2020 Expense $147,731 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Extensions (Yakama Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018
FY2021 Expense $149,578 From: Fish Accord - LRT - Yakama Accord Extensions (Yakama Tribe) 10/1/2018 10/01/2018

Pending Budget Decision?  No

Actual Project Cost Share

Current Fiscal Year — 2020
Cost Share Partner Total Proposed Contribution Total Confirmed Contribution
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Previous Fiscal Years
Fiscal Year Total Contributions % of Budget
2013 (Draft)
2012 $345,787 71%
2011 $0 0%
2010 $182,976 59%
2009 $98,187 50%


The table below contains contracts with the following statuses: Active, 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
56662 REL 196 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 2008-455-00 EXP STURGEON MANAGEMENT Issued $147,731 9/15/2019 - 8/31/2020
56662 REL 221 SOW Yakama Confederated Tribes 2008-455-00 EXP STURGEON MANAGEMENT Signature $147,662 9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):10
On time:8
Status Reports
On time:12
Avg Days Late:27

Earliest Subsequent           Accepted Count of Contract Deliverables
Contract Contract(s) Title Contractor Start End Status Reports Complete Green Yellow Red Total % Green and Complete Canceled
41810 47101, 52389, 56662 REL 18, 56662 REL 49, 56662 REL 81, 56662 REL 105, 56662 REL 137, 56662 REL 196, 56662 REL 221 200845500 EXP YN MOA STURGEON MANAGEMENT Yakama Confederated Tribes 04/2009 04/2009 Signature 38 57 2 0 2 61 96.72% 1
Project Totals 38 57 2 0 2 61 96.72% 1

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: Fish Accord ISRP Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2008-455-00-ISRP-20100323
Project: 2008-455-00 - Sturgeon Management
Review: Fish Accord ISRP Review
Completed Date: None
First Round ISRP Date: 6/17/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Meets Scientific Review Criteria - In Part (Qualified)
First Round ISRP Comment:
• Meets criteria for Objective 1, with the qualification that the proponents address the questions and recommendations related to technical justification indicated below when developing a comprehensive strategic plan. The ISRP recommends that this proposal be linked with Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s (CRITFC) Accord proposal # 200715500 in future reviews as part of any master plan submittal for the Council’s Three-Step Process.

• Does not meet criteria for Objectives 2 – 5 at this time.

This project proposal is very closely linked and collaborative with Accord Proposal 2007-155-00, CRITFC’s Sturgeon Strategic and Hatchery Master Plan. Therefore, many of the ISRP’s review comments regarding the CRITFC proposal also apply to this proposal.
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Review: RME / AP Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2008-455-00-NPCC-20110701
Project: 2008-455-00 - Sturgeon Management
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-2008-455-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Fund (Qualified)
Comments: Implement with conditions through FY 2012: Sponsor to assist in developing a comprehensive sturgeon management plan for ISRP review as described in programmatic issue #7; and sponsor to address ISRP qualifications (per Council decision August 12, 2009) as part of the management plan. Implementation recommendation beyond 2012 based on ISRP and Council review of plan and proposed future work.
Council Condition #1 The recommendation by the Council on August 12, 2009. Based on the ISRP review (ISRP document 2009-22) and the understanding that future activities (Objectives 3, 4, and 5) depend on a future review (i.e., Master Plan), the Council supports the implementation of Objectives 1 and 2 of this proposal. A condition of this recommendation is that additional detail and confirmation will be provided when the Master Plan is submitted associating this proposal with the hatchery-related actions of Project #2007-155-00, if identified in the comprehensive strategic plan.
Council Condition #2 Programmatic Issue: RMECAT #7 White Sturgeon—.

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 2008-455-00-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 2008-455-00
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2008-455-00
Completed Date: None
2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Rating: Supports 2008 FCRPS BiOp
Comments: BiOp Workgroup Comments: No BiOp Workgroup Comments

The BiOp RM&E Workgroups made the following determinations regarding the proposal's ability or need to support BiOp Research, Monitoring and Evaluation (RME) RPAs. If you have questions regarding these RPA association conclusions, please contact your BPA COTR and they will help clarify, or they will arrange further discussion with the appropriate RM&E Workgroup Leads. BiOp RPA associations for the proposed work are: ()
All Questionable RPA Associations () and
All Deleted RPA Associations ()
Proponent Response:

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Donella Miller Project Lead Yakama Confederated Tribes
Thomas Scribner Interested Party Yakama Confederated Tribes
Debbie Azure Administrative Contact Yakama Confederated Tribes
Peter Lofy Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Bob Rose (Inactive) Supervisor Yakama Confederated Tribes
Jackie Olney Administrative Contact Yakama Confederated Tribes
Edward Gresh Env. Compliance Lead Bonneville Power Administration
Amy Mai Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration
Tana Hoptowit Administrative Contact Yakama Confederated Tribes