PIT Plan Work Session - September 16

The PIT Tag Plan for the Columbia River Basin work session has been rescheduled for September 16, 2011 from 9:00 to 12:00 at the Bonneville Power Administration, Rates Hearing Room on the 2nd floor of the building next to the BPA Headquarters Building at 911 NE 11th Avenue in Portland. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to allow time to pass through the security check.

For your information and review, a draft PIT Tag Plan is being posted at the Northwest Power and Conservation Council web site http://www.nwcouncil.org/fw/ and at the Federal Caucus web site http://www.salmonrecovery.gov/ResearchReportsPublications.aspx. At this juncture, the draft plan only reflects input from NOAA and the Action Agencies, and is FCRPS BiOp-centric. This current draft should be viewed as a framework for other regional agencies to expand and revise as needed. The draft plan is intended to be a living document that will be updated periodically (perhaps annually) as PIT tagging and detection needs change.

The PIT tag is a primary research and monitoring tool capable of being shared among the various H-sectors, which can also integrate information across all life stages. The goal of PIT Tag Plan is to foster better coordination and optimization of future tagging efforts, and the efficient, strategic emplacement of detection systems throughout the Columbia Basin.

The PIT Tag Plan is intended to be a major component of a broader Regional Tagging and Marking Plan identified under the 2008 FCRPS BiOp (RPA 52.6) and recommended by the ISRP/ISAB (2009). To satisfy this broader regional role the scope of the PIT Tag Plan needs to expand and include other fish species. Ultimately the Regional Tagging Plan is intended to support these needs. However, at this juncture the plan focuses on management issues concerning both ESA-listed and non-listed anadromous salmonids.

The purpose of this PIT Tag Plan is to evaluate and recommend measures that would improve the effectiveness or efficiency of tagging and detection systems; including coordinating tagging efforts to obtain desired information while minimizing the “take” of ESA-listed species necessary to obtain this information.

Next Steps: we suggest that the next steps include:
1. Review of this draft by regional agencies employing PIT tags or managing PIT tag data.
2. Convene a work session to formulate an acceptable procedure for incorporating regional input and revision of the plan. At the work session, we plan to:
a. Discuss the need for additional details or topics, e.g. other species, emerging data management needs.
b. At least one representative from each interested agency should attend this work session.
3. Revise this draft document to reflect the broader regional needs.

The September 16th PIT plan work session is intended to address questions regarding the objectives and scope of the plan, and to discuss process options for efficiently receiving and incorporating regional input for needed additions and revisions to the plan.

For those that need to call in to the meeting rather than attend in person, dial 503-230-5566, then any time during or after the message and the double beep, enter 9531#. Callers can mute or unmute their lines by pressing *6.

A meeting agenda and a Go-To-Meeting link will be sent out in early September.

Please forward this information on to others within your agency that you think should be aware of this effort and send me their e-mail and I will add them to future e-mails.

Thanks, Jim Geiselman, BPA