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1 Reduced Recruitment Performance in Natural Populations of Anadromous Salmonids Associated with Hatchery- reared Fish Pacific Coast Steelhead Meeting – March 14, 2012 Mark Chilcote (USFS), Kevin Goodson (ODFW), Matthew Falcy (ODFW)

2 Oregon Recovery Planning Quantitatively describe threat impacts to viability Hatchery threat difficult to describe Literature review of limited help

3 Studies of Reproductive Success (RSh) Number of offspring produced per hatchery spawner relative to number produced per wild spawner Evidence from 3 studies (all steelhead): Leider et al 1990 (Kalama River) McLean et al 2003 (Forks Crk, Washington) Araki et al 2007 (Hood River) RSh averaged about 0.10 for segregated stocks and 0.60 for integrated stocks

4 Supposition IF reproductive success of hatchery fish (RSh) spawning in the wild is low, THEN, should see evidence of this from recruitment performance

5 Relationship from Chilcote 2003 * * Chilcote, M.W Relationship between natural productivity and the frequency of wild fish in mixed spawning populations of wild and hatchery steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. 60:

6 2011 Analysis – Key Questions Does relationship hold for all populations? Does it apply to other species (coho and Chinook)? Is it sensitive to type of hatchery fish? Integrated versus Segregated

7 Two-Step Process 1. 1.Estimate intrinsic productivity through fitting recruitment curves to data sets 2. 2.Determine what variables (covariates) account for most of the variation in intrinsic productivity

8 Recruitment Model Fits Looked at 93 populations From Washington, Oregon, Idaho Fit recruitment model for 89 of these Therefore, intrinsic productivity estimated Chinook (37), steelhead (29), and coho (23)

9 Populations Well Distributed

10 Step Two Develop productivity models with multiple covariates Compare models Identify model that best explains variability

11 Covariates Species Hatchery location Hatchery program type (integrated/segregated) Hatchery legacy Dams Proportion hatchery spawners (Ph)

12 Models Considered CovariateModel Ph XXXXXXX Species XXXXXXXXXXXX H type XXXX X XX H legacy X X XXX X X H location X X XXXXXX Dams XXXXXX X XX Ph:Species XXXXX Ph:H type X BIC

13 Best Model Covariates CovariateSum of Squares Ph41 Species13 Dams7 Hatchery location2 Best model did not include hatchery type or legacy

14 Modeled Relationship Chinook – Coho – Steelhead -

15 Findings The model explained 72% of the variability in the data The slope suggests that productivity of 100% hatchery fish is 13% that of 100% wild fish There was no relationship with integrated versus segregated broodstocks

16 Mechanism(s) Unknown Analyses didn’t identify mechanisms Analyses didn’t identify mechanisms Maybe a combination of: Maybe a combination of: Plausible RSh levels (segregated RSh = 0.10) Plausible RSh levels (segregated RSh = 0.10) Ecological effects Ecological effects Multigenerational accumulation of adverse impacts Multigenerational accumulation of adverse impacts Note that analysis is not for single generation but for a period of 20 years (4 to 6 generations). Note that analysis is not for single generation but for a period of 20 years (4 to 6 generations).

17 For Consideration If: If: Impact from segregated or integrated is the same, Impact from segregated or integrated is the same, Loss of fitness Araki and others found is universal, Loss of fitness Araki and others found is universal, Ph would be the same regardless, and Ph would be the same regardless, and Hatchery program is for harvest; Hatchery program is for harvest; Should you choose integrated? Should you choose integrated?

18 Integrated Harvest Programs Pros Maintains genetic similarity to wild population Mimics wild run timing Anglers love them Cons Reduces fitness in one generation Difficult to meet goals consistently More effort required to collect brood Requires mining of wild population

19 A Hypothesis to Explore Naturally spawning integrated fish appear to produce more offspring than segregated Naturally spawning integrated fish appear to produce more offspring than segregated Could lead to more F1s, F2s to interbreed with wild population Could lead to more F1s, F2s to interbreed with wild population Might lead to more alteration of the genetic composition of wild population Might lead to more alteration of the genetic composition of wild population Fishery benefits could be maintained by managing run timing of segregated broodstock Fishery benefits could be maintained by managing run timing of segregated broodstock Might be better off with segregated programs Might be better off with segregated programs

20 Questions ?


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