Rocky Reach Fish Forum Biological Objectives

•2013 Biological Objectives Status Report-Non-Resident Fish Summary 

Use/Action

Biological Objectives

Measured Parameters

Status

White Sturgeon – Appendix A (License Order), Chapter 3 (Settlement Agreement)

Juvenile White Sturgeon

•2013 Biological Objectives Status Report-Sturgeon Summary          

Section 4.1.2

Increase white sturgeon population in Rocky Reach Reservoir:
years 1-3 (2009-2012)

Release up to 6,500 yearlings

•2013 Broodstock Collection and Coordination (2013 June Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 6)
•2011 White Sturgeon Stocking and Brood Collection Plan
•2011 Broodstock Hatchery Plan (2011 May Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 4)
•PIT Tagging Completed (2011 April Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 3)           

Section 4.1.2 Increase white sturgeon population in Rocky Reach Reservoir: years 4+ (2013+) Release 0-6,500 yearlings

•2015 Release update (2015 May Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 5)           
•2015 Broodstock Collection and Spawning Update (2015 June Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 5)
•2014 Release Approval (2014 March Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 4) 
•2014 Juvenile Stocking Statement of Agreement  
•RRFF approves release of 65 tagged fish (2013 December Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 6)
•RRFF approves release of 1,100 juvenile sturgeon (2013 February Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 2)

Juvenile and Adult White Sturgeon

•2013 Biological Objectives Status Report-Sturgeon Summary           

Section 4.2.1

Determine supplementation program effectiveness: year 4 Indexing age class structure; survival rates; abundance; density; condition factor; growth rates; tag and track fish; distribution; habitat selection, use, availability, and suitability

•Juvenile Monitoring Update (2013 November Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 6)
•2012 Rocky Reach Reservoir White Sturgeon Indexing and Monitoring Report (prepared by Blue Leaf Environmental)           

Section 4.2.1

Determine supplementation program effectiveness: year 8

Indexing age class structure; survival rates; abundance; density; condition factor; growth rates; tag and track fish; distribution; habitat selection, use, availability, and suitability

Section 4.2.2

Determine supplementation program effectiveness:

Emigration rate and habitat use; track marked fish

•2015 Rocky Reach Reservoir White Sturgeon Supplementation Program (prepared by Blue Leaf Environmental)                     

Section 4.2.3

Supplementation program review

Compile additional information from other programs

Section 4.3

Determine Reservoir carrying capacity

Indexing results, emigration rate results

Adult White Sturgeon

•2013 Biological Objectives Status Report-Sturgeon Summary           

Section 4.4

Natural reproduction potential

Tag adults and monitor through indexing; egg mat placement

Bull Trout – Appendix A (License Order), Chapter 4 (Settlement Agreement)

Adult Bull Trout

•2013 Biological Objectives Status Report-Bull Trout Summary           

Section 4.1.3

Adult upstream passage

Radio-telemetry study and monitor incidental take

•2005-2009 Movements of Radio-Tagged Bull Trout (Rocky Reach and Rock Island Dams)           

Section 4.1.3

Adult upstream passage

Correlate passage and ongoing Project operations

Section 3.3

Verify that Incidental Take does not exceed allowances for adult bull trout

5% of bull trout passing through turbines; 2% passing through spillways; 2% through the downstream bypass; 2% through the upstream fishway; (All of the above will be three year binomial probability analysis for each route); and 2 bull trout (not percent) for the fish predator control program/year (no statistics)

•2014 Incidental Take Monitoring Report
•2013 Incidental Take Monitoring Report
•2012 Incidental Take Monitoring Report 
•2011 Incidental Take Monitoring Report    
•2010 Incidental Take Monitoring Report          
•2009 Incidental Take Monitoring Report
•2008 Incidental Take Monitoring Report for Years 2005-2008

Sub-adult Bull Trout

•2013 Biological Objectives Status Report-Bull Trout Summary           

Section 4.1.3

Sub-adult downstream passage

PIT tagging sub-adults where captured; monitor passage through adult fishway

•2009 Annual Bull Trout Observations and Incidental Take

                       

Section 3.8.1

Measure Incidental Take (sub-adult)

Measure potential reservoir stranding or entrapment

Pacific Lamprey – Appendix A (License Order), Chapter 5 (Settlement Agreement)

Adult Lamprey

•2013 Biological Objectives Status Report-Pacific Lamprey Summary           

Section 4.1.2

Assess adult upstream passage

Fishway counts using most current technology

•2015 Half Duplex PIT-tagged Lamprey Detections Summary Table
•2014-2015 Half Duplex PIT-tagged Lamprey Detections (2015 July Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-pages 4-5)            
•2014 Half Duplex PIT-tagged Lamprey Detections (2015 February Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 6)
•2013 Pacific Lamprey Half Duplex PIT-tag Detection Report
•1962-2010 Annual Fish Counts-Rocky Reach Dam           

Section 4.1.3 and 4.1.4

Assess adult upstream passage

Modify fishways if impediments identified

•2011 Lamprey Upstream Passage Modifications Design Drawings (submittal Phase II design)    
•2010 Lamprey Upstream Passage Modifications Design Drawings (FERC submittal)
•2010 Lamprey Upstream Passage Modifications Literature Review 
•RRFF approval of Lamprey passage improvements in fishway (2010 October Rocky Reach meeting minutes-page 3)           

Section 4.1.5

Assess adult upstream passage

Passage measures of effectiveness monitoring

•2017 A Monitoring Study to Quantify Dam Passage and Tributary Escapement
2015 History (1984-2014) Lamprey Counts, Passage Timing, and Conversion Rates
•2014 History (1983-2013) Lamprey Counts, Passage Timing, and Conversion Rates (2014 August Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 4-10)
•2014 Half Duplex PIT-tagged Lamprey Detections (2015 February Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 6)
•2013 Pacific Lamprey Half Duplex PIT-tag Detection Passage Report (Summary)  
•2012 July - 2012 Sept Pacific Lamprey Half Duplex PIT-tag Detection History (Summary)
•2012 July - 2012 Sept Pacific Lamprey Half Duplex PIT-tag Detection History (Detailed)          

Section 4.1.7

Assess adult upstream passage

10-year passage measures of effectiveness monitoring

Section 4.1.5

Assess adult upstream passage

Adult passage success

Juvenile Lamprey

•2013 Biological Objectives Status Report-Pacific Lamprey Summary           

Section 4.2.2

Assess juvenile downstream passage

Monitor turbine intake screens for impingement

•RRFF approved the monitoring of juvenile impingement on screens in Units one and two at Rocky Reach Dam (2015 April Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 2)            
•2013 Impingement Monitoring   
•RRFF agreed Impingement Monitoring Schedule (2013 March Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 3)           
•RRFF recommended alternative Half-Duplex PIT-tag antennas in fishway (2011 February Rocky Reach Fish Forum meeting minutes-page 2)
•2006-2010 Impingement Monitoring

Section 4.2.3

Assess juvenile downstream passage

Monitor passage timing and survival

•2012 Lamprey Counts at Rocky Reach Sampling Facility
•2011 Lamprey Counts at Rocky Reach Sampling Facility 
•2011 Lamprey Artificial Propagation and Rearing Investigations Report           

Sections 4.3 and 4.4

Assess juvenile reservoir rearing habitat for
unavoidable Project impacts (NNI)

Determine reservoir juvenile presence/absence and relative abundance

•2014 Adaptive Management for Addressing Unavoidable Impacts to Pacific Lamprey 5-Year Status Report
•2011 Distribution, Composition, and Abundance of Juvenile Lampreys within the Observed Operating Range of Rocky Reach Reservoir 
•2011 Lamprey Reservoir Sampling Plan           

Resident Fish – Appendix A (License Order), Chapter 6 (Settlement Agreement)

Recreational Fishing

•2013 Biological Objectives Status Report-Resident Fish Summary           

Section 4.1.1

Increase number of resident game fish for fishing

Fund rearing of 30,000 lbs. of rainbow trout, or other fish recommended by the RRFF.

•2012 Brood Stocking-WDFW           

Section 4.1.2

Increase available habitat for resident game fish

Fund habitat projects not to exceed $50,000 over funding timeframe.

Section 4.1.3

Additional funding for increasing resident game fish habitat

Provide $2,500 one-to-one match to maintain habitat.

Section 4.1.4

Recreational fishing evaluation

Provide funding not to exceed $60,000 to implement measure

•2012-2052 Rocky Reach Resident Fish Studies Timeline   
•2012 Rocky Reach Resident Fish Study                       
•2011 Rocky Reach Resident Fish Study                       

Native, non-stocked resident fish species

•2013 Biological Objectives Status Report-Non-Resident Fish Summary           

Section 4.2

No negative impact caused by future changes in Project operations

Monitor Project-related impacts for a cost not to exceed $300,000 over New License and any subsequent annual licenses.

•2012 Rocky Reach Resident Fish Study
•2011 Rocky Reach Resident Fish Study