The Coordinated Assessments (CA) Project is an effort to develop efficient, consistent, and transparent data-sharing among the co-managers (fish and wildlife agencies and Tribes) and regulatory/funding agencies (BPA & NOAA) of the Columbia River Basin (CRB) for anadromous fish related data. The project has been coordinated by the Pacific Northwest Aquatic Monitoring Partnership (PNAMP) with support from the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) StreamNet project. Oversight is provided through the Coordinated Assessments Planning Group (CAPG) which consists of representatives from the states, tribes and federal agencies. Facilitation and support are provided through the Coordinated Assessments Core Team. The CA project involves nearly a hundred biologists and data managers across the Columbia River Basin, representing essentially all agencies and tribes with an interest in anadromous fish management and recovery.
The initial effort of the CA Project has focused on the development of a Data Exchange Standard (DES) for four salmon and steelhead population (VSP) indicators including natural origin spawner abundance, natural origin smolt to adult return rate (SAR), and natural origin recruits (adult and juvenile) per spawner. The initial DES will be expanded as additional indicators are agreed upon by the participants in the CA Project. Over time, the CAX will include most of the indicators of highest importance to fisheries management and restoration decision makers.
The Data Exchange Standard (DES) is used to define the contents of a centralized CAX data base at StreamNet, where data can be submitted by data providers through automated or manual processes, depending on the capabilities of the individual providers. Access to the CAX will be provided through a virtual node on the EPA Data Exchange Network. The project was initiated in February 2010 and has progressed in phases, building on each success. The project is currently in Phase VI.
Accomplishments to Date
• Buy-in to developing a data exchange network for salmon and steelhead indicators.
• Data Flow Diagrams for calculating initial 4 natural origin population indicators.
• Development of salmon and steelhead data sharing strategies for IDFG, ODFW, WDFW, CCT, CTUIR, CTWSRO, NPT, SBT, YN, and CRITFC.
• Development of Data Exchange Standard (DES) for four fish population (VSP) indicators (natural origin spawner abundance, natural origin SAR, natural origin recruits (adult and juvenile) per spawner).
• Agencies and tribes incorporating the DES contents into their common data management business practices and staffing essential elements of their data management Strategies as best they can.
• Awarded EPA grant to develop data flow for salmon and steelhead data exchange network
• Currently expanding DES to include 5 hatchery indicators (hatchery spawning, PNI, eggs to recruit survival, hatchery SAR, and hatchery recruits per spawner) and potentially juvenile abundance data.
Goals/Activities/Deliverables for Phase VI, November 2013 – March 2015:
1) Continue Phased Approach to Facilitation Implementation of Coordinated Assessments Project:
Deliverable: Maintain progress in developing consistent salmon and steelhead data sharing systems across agencies and tribes within the Columbia River Basin to the degree the data management Strategies can be implemented with existing funding; maintain communication between data providers and data users to make data sharing more efficient; and, enable discussion and communication among interested parties for salmon and steelhead data.
2) Expand the initial DES to include hatchery indicators:
Deliverable: Completed Data Exchange Standard (DES) for 3-5 hatchery indicators in 2014; expanded initial DES to include some standardization of measures and metrics where appropriate, and annual update of CA DES.
3) Implement EPA Grant to Create the Coordinated Assessments Exchange (CAX) as a node on the EPA exchange network:
Deliverable: Functional Coordinated Assessments Data Exchange Network (CAX) for first four natural origin indicators by June 2015.