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Mike Faler - USFWS, Ahsahka, ID Glen Mendel - WDFW, Dayton, WA Evaluate Bull Trout Movements in the Tucannon & Lower Snake Rivers.

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1 Mike Faler - USFWS, Ahsahka, ID Glen Mendel - WDFW, Dayton, WA Evaluate Bull Trout Movements in the Tucannon & Lower Snake Rivers

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3 Background Occurrence of bull trout at the Snake River dams is only incidentally known Status of the Tucannon River population is considered healthy Its unknown if the hydropower system limits Tucannon River bull trout in completion of their migratory behavior

4 Background Occurrence of bull trout at the Snake River dams is only incidentally known Status of the Tucannon River population is considered healthy Its unknown if the hydropower system limits Tucannon River bull trout in completion of their migratory behavior

5 Background Occurrence of bull trout at the Snake River dams is only incidentally known Status of the Tucannon River population is considered healthy Its unknown if the hydropower system limits Tucannon River bull trout in completion of their migratory behavior

6 Limiting Factors identified in the Subbasin Summaries Data gaps –Out-of-basin effects migration corridor survival –Fish passage –Entrainment/Fall Back –timing of bull trout usage & extent

7 Identified Needs (Mainstem Snake Subbasin) Determine passage requirements of bull trout at Lower Snake River dams Determine presence and use of bull trout in the mainstem Snake River - distribution, timing, & usage at the dams and reservoirs

8 Identified Needs (Tucannon Subbasin) Full assessment of distribution, habitat use, life history… Expand monitoring and assessments to enhance understanding of bull trout…

9 Objectives Determine the spatial distribution, migration timing, and movements…. Determine bull trout use and passage efficiency in fishways…. Estimate frequency of bull trout fall back…. Determine if bull trout losses result from FCRPS operation….

10 Objectives Determine the spatial distribution, migration timing, and movements…. Determine bull trout use and passage efficiency in fishways…. Estimate frequency of bull trout fall back…. Determine if bull trout losses result from FCRPS operation….

11 Objectives Determine the spatial distribution, migration timing, and movements…. Determine bull trout use and passage efficiency in fishways…. Estimate frequency of bull trout fall back…. Determine if bull trout losses result from FCRPS operation….

12 Objectives Determine the spatial distribution, migration timing, and movements…. Determine bull trout use and passage efficiency in fishways…. Estimate frequency of bull trout fall back…. Determine if bull trout losses result from FCRPS operation….

13 Methods Collect bull trout each spring at the Tucannon Hatchery Weir

14 Methods Surgically implant 1 or 2 year radio tags in bull trout at the Tucannon Hatchery

15 Methods Monitor movements with mobile receivers

16 Methods Track using fixed receivers, winter-spring,

17 Analysis Delineate distribution and migration timing Calculated passage rates Determine occurrence & frequency of fall back Determine % return back to the Tucannon River Determination of loss

18 Tucannon Hatchery Bull Trout Trapping Data Year Total # BT Capture Dates Ave. Length /1 - 8/ mm /20 - 7/ mm /17 - 8/ mm /17- 6/ mm

19 Cumulative Capture at Tucannon Hatchery Weir 2002

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21 Kilometers N- Pataha Creek Lo Mo Pool Tucannon River Little Tucannon River Cummings Creek Meadow/Panjab Sheep Creek Bear Creek Tucannon Hatchery Marengo Fixed Telemetry Sites

22 Kilometers N- Pataha Creek Lo Mo Pool Tucannon River Little Tucannon River Cummings Creek Meadow/Panjab Sheep Creek Bear Creek Tucannon Hatchery Marengo Spawning Distribution

23 Kilometers N- Pataha Creek Lo Mo Pool Tucannon River Little Tucannon River Cummings Creek Meadow/Panjab Sheep Creek Bear Creek Tucannon Hatchery Marengo Current Distribution

24 Report Card A+Known distribution of migratory bull trout in the Tucannon River

25 Report Card IKnown distribution of bull trout in the Mainstem Snake River

26 Report Card IIdentified limiting factors in the FCRPS

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