Klamath River Fry Monitoring 2016

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

Monitoring
Project IDKaruk-2016-4
Recovery DomainsN CA - S Oregon
Start Date03/01/2017
End Date09/01/2017
Year2016
StatusCompleted
Last Edited01/27/2020
 
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Description    


The Karuk Tribe provided a crew of two technicians for trapping checks and maintenance between April 2017 and June 2017. Crews of up to 4 technicians were provided for deploying and removing rotary traps. Two large 8’ diameter and one small 5’ diameter trap were deployed in the upper mainstem Klamath River beginning in April and lasting through June. The trapping efforts were complicated by a wet winter and subsequent above average flow condition. Rotary screw traps were not operated during the peak of the fry migration due to high river flows. As an alternative to operating rotary traps, crews used portable frame traps in selective locations to capture fry. Beach seining techniques were also used to capture fry. Mark and recapture techniques were attempted with variable success due to high river flows in estimating fry abundance numbers. Rotary trapping efforts in the lower reach near Kinsman Creek were not successful due to low trap efficiencies due to the high flows and lack of overall trapping days. In the absence of accurate fry abundance and migration timing estimates an alternative method was used to determine fry production and migration timing using daily temperature units during the previous winter period. Winter temperature data collected by the Karuk Tribe was used to populate the fry production modeling effort. Fry sampling data were used to assist with other projects such as fish disease monitoring, but fish disease sampling was not the primary purpose of this effort.

Project Benefit    


This project benefits Klamath River salmonid by providing information in a long term data set to water managers, researchers and restoration efforts by collecting up to date data on migration timing, presence, fork length, and health of juvenile outmigrant salmonid as well as other fish in the Klamath River. More specifically the project assists with determining the annual fry abundance and health of the upper Klamath River juvenile Chinook Salmon, Coho Salmon and Steelhead populations. Federal water managers use this data to determine flow needs for juvenile salmonids out migration from the Klamath River. The trapping sites are key locations for fish disease sampling. Clinical signs of fish disease are documented and a sub set of samples are collected where they are examined to determine the prevalence of infection (POI) from the pathogen C-Shasta. The combination of POI and weekly abundance estimates are key information for adaptive management including flow releases from Iron Gate Dam. The data also provide long term monitoring of the Klamath River Chinook population which is a major contribution to Tribal and commercial fishing industry.

Accomplishments

Metric Completed Originally
Proposed
Research and Monitoring
  Stream Miles Monitored 50.00 50.00

Funding Details

SourceFunds
PCSRF$15,000
Report Total:$15,000


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Worksites

2 I5    


  • Worksite Identifier: 2 I5
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description
Klamath River near Interstate 5

Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: California
  • Recovery Domain: N CA - S Oregon
  • Latitude: 41.86496743599265
  • Longitude: -122.56412744521829

ESU

  • Upper Klamath / Trinity Rivers Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Klamath Mountains Province 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 2,000.00
    •      . . E.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
      This monitoring effort is utilized for multiple restoration including proposed dam removal projects scheduled for 2020. Fish disease monitoring and disease/flow mitigation actions are also linked to this project.
    •      . . E.0.c
      Project identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
      SONC Coho Recovery Plan 2014 NOAA Fisheries
    •      . . E.0.d.1 Number of Cooperating Organizations 2
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
      US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geologic Survey
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 1
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      Summary of Abundance and Biological Data Collected During Juvenile Salmonid Monitoring on the Mainstem Klamath River Below Iron Gate Dam, California, 2015 Aaron T. David, Stephen A. Gough, and William D. Pinnix U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office 1655 Heindon Road Arcata, California 95521 (707) 822-7201 January 2017 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 2,000.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 10.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 20,000.0
      •      . . . . 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 10.00
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
          SONC Coho Recovery Plan 2014 NOAA Fisheries

1 Kinsman    


  • Worksite Identifier: 1 Kinsman
  • Start Date:
  • End Date:
Area Description
Klamath River near the mouth of Kinsman Creek

Location Information

  • Basin: Klamath
  • Subbasin:
  • Watershed:
  • Subwatershed:
  • State: California
  • Recovery Domain: N CA - S Oregon
  • Latitude: 41.807589537675454
  • Longitude: -123.01676109041699

ESU

  • Upper Klamath / Trinity Rivers Chinook Salmon ESU
  • Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Salmon ESU
  • Klamath Mountains Province Steelhead DPS

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Photos

Metrics

Metrics
  • E.0 Salmonid Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation (RM&E)Y (Y/N)
    •      . . E.0.a RM&E Funding 13,000.00
    •      . . E.0.b
      Complement habitat restoration project
      This monitoring effort is utilized for multiple restoration including proposed dam removal projects scheduled for 2020. Fish disease monitoring and disease/flow mitigation actions are also linked to this project.
    •      . . E.0.c
      Project identified in a plan or watershed assessment.
      SONC Coho Recovery Plan 2014 NOAA Fisheries
    •      . . E.0.d.1 Number of Cooperating Organizations 2
    •      . . E.0.d.2
      Name Of Cooperating Organizations.
      US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Geologic Survey
    •      . . E.0.e.1 Number of reports prepared 1
    •      . . E.0.e.2
      Name Of Report
      Summary of Abundance and Biological Data Collected During Juvenile Salmonid Monitoring on the Mainstem Klamath River Below Iron Gate Dam, California, 2015 Aaron T. David, Stephen A. Gough, and William D. Pinnix U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office 1655 Heindon Road Arcata, California 95521 (707) 822-7201 January 2017 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
    •      . . E.1 MonitoringY (Y/N)
      •      . . . . E.1.a Monitoring funding 13,000.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.1 Stream Miles Monitored 40.00
      •      . . . . E.1.b.2 Acres of Watershed Area Monitored 280,000.0
      •      . . . . 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 40.00
        •      . . . . E.1.d
          Name Of Comprehensive Monitoring Strategy/Program
          SONC Coho Recovery Plan 2014 NOAA Fisheries