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Develop a Master Plan for a Sturgeon Restoration Facility

To facilitate restoration of productive, viable sturgeon populations and fishery opportunities in Federal Columbia River Power System portions of the mid-Columbia and lower Snake River reservoirs and eventually achieve sturgeon goals described in the Tribal Recovery Plan (Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit).

Tagging sturgeon for population estimation

Tagging sturgeon for population estimation

Project Goal

To facilitate restoration of productive, viable sturgeon populations and fishery opportunities in Federal Columbia River Power System portions of the mid-Columbia and lower Snake River reservoirs and eventually achieve sturgeon goals described in the Tribal Recovery Plan (Wy-Kan-Ush-Mi Wa-Kish-Wit).

Impacts

Increase sturgeon populations to sustainable and harvestable levels through the use of artificial propagation, as necessary.

Background

Over 20 years of dedicated research and management has failed to-date to restore natural productivity or increase opportunities for harvest of mid-Columbia River sturgeon that have been impacted by the hydropower system. This project will provide guidance for the next phase of sturgeon conservation, management, and restoration in the mid-Columbia and lower Snake reservoirs based on past research, monitoring, and evaluation completed by regional fish managers and partners. This includes a determination if use of hatchery fish is appropriate and outline specific directions for use that are consistent with a detailed analysis of objectives and risks. This work directly addresses the objective of the 2004 NPCC Subbasin Plan to increase sturgeon abundance in the lower mid-Columbia mainstem.

Project Tasks

  • Complete, in conjunction with regional, tribal, state, and federal management entities, a collaborative and comprehensive strategic plan for sturgeon conservation, restoration and management to include specific objectives, strategies, actions, milestones, and schedules for habitat protection and restoration, natural and hatchery production, fishery management, research, monitoring, and evaluation.
  • Complete a sturgeon hatchery review process to implement hatchery-related actions (if any) identified in the comprehensive strategic plan and consistent with directions provided by the NPCC’s three-step review process.
  • Facilitate, monitor, and evaluate implementation of appropriate hatchery actions in collaboration with other regional sturgeon conservation, management, and restoration projects.

 

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