Bear Valley Creek Chinook Salmon Abundance Monitoring Project 2014

Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)

Monitoring Research
Project IDBRCAMP 2014
Recovery DomainsInterior Columbia
Start Date10/01/2014
End Date08/31/2015
Year2014
StatusCompleted
Last Edited10/21/2021
 
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Description    


Within the project period, staff coordinated with the USFS, IDFG, and NOAA-Fisheries to ensure all permits (SF-299, ESA Section 10, IDFG Scientific Collecting Permit, IDWR Stream Alteration Permit, and CORE 404 Permit) were valid to operate the project. The Tribes completed the 2015 BRCAMP Program – data collection, data analysis, and initiation of the Annual Report. The rotary screw trap was installed on 4 April and fished for 176 days until removal on 7 November 2015 in response to freezing conditions. Total 2015 outmigration estimate for juvenile Chinook salmon equaled 318,658 (SE 64,983); largest migrating life stage was pre-smolt (n = 127,937). There were 1,838 Chinook salmon juveniles PIT-tagged for evaluation of migration timing and survival to the ocean. All other non-target species were immediately enumerated and released downstream at the trap. The adult videography weir and PIT-tag antennas were installed on 3 June and removed on 9 September after seven consecutive days of no adult passages. Tribal staff estimates a total return of 1,291 Chinook salmon to the watershed and 1,211 to the spawning grounds (corrected for harvest) that produced 402 redds (3.01 fish/redd). The final BRCAMP report will be submitted to NOAA Fisheries by 31 December 2015.

Project Benefit    


Bear Valley Creek is an important traditional use Chinook fishery area for the Tribes. It is extremely important to manage this Chinook salmon fishery based on the requirements of the ESA and the TRMP. Current abundance estimates, generated from redd counts show Bear Valley Creek Chinook salmon are at risk of extinction. Developing accurate adult abundance and productivity information will allow the Tribes and other resource managers to assess the effectiveness of conservation actions for listed Chinook salmon. Adult abundance information provides the Tribes the ability to conduct in-season harvest management (e.g., adjusting forecasts, harvest guidelines), which ultimately improves our ability to control Tribal harvest impacts on an ESA listed Chinook salmon. Juvenile abundance and PIT tagging data will allow the Tribes to further examine the productivity of Bear Valley Creek and enumerate the survival of Chinook salmon and steelhead as they travel through the Columbia and Snake rivers hydrosystem.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 33.90 33.90

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$97,330
Report Total:$97,330


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Worksites

35989397    


  • Worksite Identifier: 35989397
  • Start Date: 10/01/2014
  • End Date: 08/31/2015
Area Description
Bear Valley Creek

Location Information

  • Basin: Salmon
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: Idaho
  • Recovery Domain: Interior Columbia
  • Latitude: 44.366313974
  • Longitude: -115.336647034

ESU

  • Snake River Spring/Summer-run Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS

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Metrics

Metrics
  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 97,330.00
    •      . . E.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
      None
    •      . . E.0.c
      Project identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
      Anadromous Salmonid Monitoring Strategy
    •      . . E.0.d.1 Number of Cooperating Organizations 0
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
      None
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 6
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      IDFG Scientific Collection Report (excel spreadsheet) Bear Valley Creek Section 10 16298-2M (uploaded to NOAA Apps) SBT Grant Report April 2015 (excel spreadsheet) SBT Grant Report September 2015 (excel spreadsheet) SBT Grant Report - Final FY14 (excel spreadsheet) Tardy, K. A. 2015. Bear Valley Creek Chinook Salmon Abundance Monitoring Project. 2015 Annual Report. Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, Fort Hall, Idaho.
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 48,665.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 33.90
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 122,563.8
      •      . . . . E.1.b.3 Square miles of water monitored1274 (Square miles)
      •      . . . . E.1.c.1 Adult salmonid population monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.1.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for adult salmonids 33.90
      •      . . . . E.1.c.2 Salmonid smolt or fry monitoringY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . . . E.1.c.2.a # miles (to nearest 0.01 mile) monitored for Salmonid smolt or fry 33.90
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
          Anadromous Salmonid Monitoring Strategy
      •      . . E.2 ResearchY (Y/N)
        •      . . . . E.2.a Research Funding 48,665.00
        •      . . . . E.2.b.1 Modeling and data analysisY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . E.2.b.1.a
            Key issues addressed by modeling and data analysis research
            Adult and juvenile life history characteristics
        •      . . . . E.2.b.4 Life history studyY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . E.2.b.4.a
            Key issues addressed by life history research
            Abundance, Productivity, Spatial Structure, Genetic Diversity
        •      . . . . E.2.b.6 Wild salmonid tagging/marking studyY (Y/N)
          •      . . . . . . E.2.b.6.a
            Key issues addressed by wild salmon tagging/marking study
            The Tribes installed a rotary screw trap in Bear Valley Creek for the purposes of enumerating, tagging, and tissue sampling migrating juvenile Chinook salmon for research, monitoring, and evaluation purposes. The sample collection is valuable as results document the presence/absence of migrating juveniles and enables determination of age and size at migration, condition, timing, species, and genotypic characteristics. Additional data examines both migration timing and survival to and from the ocean.
          •      . . . . . . E.2.b.6.b Number by species of wild salmonids tagged/marked (LOV)