Presentation on theme: "Phase I Okanogan River Spring Chinook Production Proposal #29050 Sponsored By: Colville Confederated Tribes Presented By: Stephen Smith."— Presentation transcript:
Phase I Okanogan River Spring Chinook Production Proposal #29050 Sponsored By: Colville Confederated Tribes Presented By: Stephen Smith
Need – Subbasin Summary Goal – Establish production-related strategies for salmon recovery… Objective 2 – Supplement Okanogan spring chinook to effect recovery while conserving genetic diversity. Strategy 1 – Explore all possible actions to reintroduce and recover spring chinook in the Okanogan
NMFS BiOp on FCRPS RPA #175 – Plan Safety-Net Programs Information gained in Phase I will be applied to Phase II – reintroduction of endangered Upper Columbia Spring Chinook into the Okanogan River to increase ESU abundance, distribution, and diversity. Implement … reforms necessary to reduce deleterious effects while still allowing continued use of hatchery production to provide Tribal and non- tribal harvest opportunities. ether to recovery.
Spr. Chinook Strategic Options Analysis: –4 strategies developed (App K) –Selected dual programs of Integrated Recovery and Isolated Harvest –Carson stock transitioning to Methow Stock – Two Phases –Flexible approach w/o capital risks
Phase I – Spring Chinook Program Objectives Assess habitat viability for spring chinook in the Okanogan Assess existing facilities for propagation & acclimation Evaluate feasibility of isolated harvest Provide tribal C&S and recreational fisheries
Phase II - Spring Chinook Program Objectives Transition from Carson to Methow Stock – experimental population Create natural-origin population of ESA- listed spring chinook – contribute to recovery Provide selective C&S and recreational fisheries on hatchery-origin fish
Relationship to other projects #29042: Selective Fish Collection & Harvesting Gear – develop live capture, selective fishing capability to harvest spring chinook. #29033: Design & Conduct M&E – includes tasks to monitor and evaluate benefits and risks of spring chinook program. #29008: Adult Passage Counting & Trapping at Zosel Dam – terminal collection, harvesting, evaluation facility for spring chinook.
Key Project Objectives Complete Okanogan River Spring Chinook HGMP Complete NWPPCs 3-Step Process Propagate Chinook at Existing Beaver Creek Hatchery O & M Ellisforde Acclimation Pond M&E Acclimation Pond M&E Beaver Creek Hatchery
Methods/Design to Minimize Risks Employ existing facilities – minimize capital costs Acclimate spring chinook Use unique, external mark Develop selective fisheries & adult collection Monitor adult migration and stock interactions Adapt to reduce risks – halt production, collect adults
Expected Phase I Results Spr. chinook behavior and survival in Okanogan River habitat – recovery potential Efficacy of existing hatchery and acclimation facilities for rearing spring chinook A hatchery-origin run of 1,000 – 2,000 adults Experimental tribal C&S and recreational selective fisheries Effects of an Isolated Harvest Program and risks to Okanogan summer/fall chinook and Methow spring chinook
Phase I Schedule Complete HGMP in 2002 Complete Master Plan and NEPA in 2003 Abbreviated 3-step process due to completed HGMP, use of existing facilities, and reduced capital risk. Take BY03 eggs in Fall 2003 Operate Beaver Creek Hatchery in Fall 2003 Operate Ellisforde Acclimation Pond in Fall 2004 Selective, terminal harvest in Spring 2007