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Project Summary

Project 2008-508-00 - Release Mortality Analysis
Project Number:
Release Mortality Analysis
This project has four long term objectives: 1) ensure that the sample design and estimation methods for producing tribal catch estimates are statistically valid, 2) make accurate harvest data readily available for decision making, 3) improve the transparency and dissemination of catch estimates, with associated variances, and 4) account for the uncertainty of estimates in management. Ultimately, this project will determine and formalize statistically valid sampling protocols for tribal harvest estimates throughout the Columbia Basin.

This project should not be confused with project 200850200, Increased Zone 6 Tribal Fishery Monitoring, which actually involves sampling. This project is to evaluate the sampling design and estimation methods of the sampling program, and calculate precision of the estimates resulting from the sampling program, but this project is not the sampling project.

The majority of tribal harvest and catch sampling occur in the Zone 6 commercial gillnet fishery. Therefore, in 2009, the project will focus on the sampling scheme for this fishery. Primary objectives for 2009 are to 1) observe current sampling methods, 2) document current and historical sampling and estimation methods, 3) improve the sampling scheme, if possible, to maximize precision of estimates under existing funding, and 4) document a formal sampling protocol for future years. Catches in the fall gillnet fishery are comprised of bright and tule fall Chinook, A and B steelhead, and coho. Fish ticket data do not represent the entire catch, due to direct “over-the-bank” sales and subsistence use. Therefore, catch is estimated using creel census techniques, wherein an estimate of catch rate is combined with effort data to estimate total catch of each species and run.

Future years’ work will address similar objectives for other tribal fisheries. Tribal harvest in the mainstem is comprised of commercial gillnet, ceremonial and subsistence gillnet, and commercial and subsistence platform fisheries (using dip and hoop nets, and hook and line).

A secondary objective for 2009 is to begin development of a software application for use on a handheld device platform to improve collection, transcription, and real-time distribution of the data for timely use in making inseason management decisions. This will allow the data to immediately be synchronized with a secure online database using readily available WiFi hotspots. The data can then be automatically collated, error-checked, analyzed, and summarized, to provide the Technical Advisory Committee of the Columbia River Compact with real-time weekly catch estimates.

Weekly harvest management decisions are based on these catch estimates. Compliance with management agreements, including US v. Oregon and the Pacific Salmon Treaty, is evaluated based on these estimates. Catch estimates are also critical in estimating productivity and optimal escapement. It is important to understand the uncertainty associated with the estimates and to use available resources in the most effective way possible to obtain estimates that are as precise and accurate as possible. This project will be completed by Marianne McClure, in the CRITFC offices and throughout the fishing areas, in coordination with tribal staff implementing catch sampling programs.
Proponent Orgs:
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) (Tribe)
Starting FY:
Ending FY:
Province Subbasin %
Mainstem - 100.00%
RM and E
Focal Species:
Chinook - All Populations
Chinook - Deschutes River Summer/Fall ESU
Chinook - Mid-Columbia River Spring ESU
Chinook - Snake River Fall ESU
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer
Chinook - Snake River Spring/Summer ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Spring ESU
Chinook - Upper Columbia River Summer/Fall ESU
Coho - Unspecified Population
Sockeye - All Populations
Steelhead - All Populations
Steelhead - Middle Columbia River DPS
Steelhead - Snake River DPS
Steelhead - Upper Columbia River DPS
Species Benefit:
Anadromous: 100.0%   Resident: 0.0%   Wildlife: 0.0%
BiOp Association:
FCRPS 2008 – view list of FCRPS 2008 BiOp Actions

RPA 52.3 Monitor and evaluate adult salmonid system survival,
RPA 62.1 Evaluate feasibility of obtaining PIT-tag recoveries in Zone 6

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Summary of Budgets

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Pending Budget Decision?  No

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2016 (Draft)


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
49259 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2008-508-00 EXP POWER ANALYSIS CATCH SAMPLG RATES Closed $45,492 9/1/2010 - 9/14/2011
54379 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2008-508-00 EXP POWER ANALYSIS CATCH SAMPLING RATES Closed $29,119 9/15/2011 - 9/14/2012
67575 SOW Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 2008-508-00 EXP RELEASE MORTALITY ANALYSIS Closed $44,497 12/1/2014 - 1/31/2016

Annual Progress Reports
Expected (since FY2004):4
On time:0
Status Reports
On time:1
Avg Days Late:143

                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
49259 54379 2008-508-00 EXP POWER ANALYSIS CATCH SAMPLING RATES Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 09/01/2010 09/14/2012 Closed 8 1 0 0 8 9 11.11% 0
67575 2008-508-00 EXP RELEASE MORTALITY ANALYSIS Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) 12/01/2014 01/31/2016 Closed 5 1 0 0 2 3 33.33% 0
Project Totals 13 2 0 0 10 12 16.67% 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: Fish Accord ISRP Review

Independent Scientific Review Panel Assessment

Assessment Number: 2008-508-00-ISRP-20100323
Project: 2008-508-00 - Release Mortality Analysis
Review: Fish Accord ISRP Review
Completed Date: None
First Round ISRP Date: 8/26/2009
First Round ISRP Rating: Response Requested
First Round ISRP Comment:

The overarching goal of the project is to be applauded; however, the description of specifically what is to be accomplished in the first year is not sufficiently detailed. A response is requested that demonstrates that the survey of the creel census methodologies in the first year will be adequate to address whether this program meets the intended design requirements. Please provide: 1. A summary of the programs that use the escapement estimate data; 2. The sampling criteria those programs require for robust analysis; 3. A survey design that will be adequate to determine if the creel census meets the program needs.

Documentation Links:
Review: RME / AP Category Review

Council Recommendation

Assessment Number: 2008-508-00-NPCC-20110425
Project: 2008-508-00 - Release Mortality Analysis
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal: RMECAT-2008-508-00
Proposal State: Pending BPA Response
Approved Date: 6/10/2011
Recommendation: Fund (Qualified)
Comments: Implement with condition through FY 2016: Sponsor to address ISRP qualifications per July 14, 2010 Council decision.
Council Condition #1 Recommendation was made by the Council at its meeting on July 14, 2010. Based on the ISRP review (ISRP document 2010-14) the Council recommends that Bonneville implement the initial aspects of the project, consistent with the ISRP’s recommendation. The Council also recommends that implementation in the out years requires receipt and review, by the ISRP and the Council of a revised proposal providing the additional information on the project as requested by the ISRP.

2008 FCRPS BiOp Workgroup Assessment

Assessment Number: 2008-508-00-BIOP-20101105
Project Number: 2008-508-00
Review: RME / AP Category Review
Proposal Number: RMECAT-2008-508-00
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: (52.3 62.1)
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Proponent Response:

Project Relationships: None

Name Role Organization
Marianne McClure Project Lead Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Mike Matylewich Supervisor Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC)
Jason Sweet Supervisor Bonneville Power Administration
Gregory Smith Bonneville Power Administration
David Roberts (Inactive) Project Manager Bonneville Power Administration