Augmented Fish Health Monitoring, 1992 Annual Report.

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The Augmented Fish Health Monitoring Project (Project) had its origin, in the mid-1980's, in perceived differences or inconsistencies in fish disease detection, diagnosis and control capabilities between the five conservation agencies rearing and releasing anadromous salmonids for fishery resource management and mitigation purposes in the Columbia River basin. Agency fish health programs varied greatly. Some agencies had personnel, equipment and funding to frequently monitor the health status of both juvenile production fish and adult salmon or steelhead trout at the time of spawning. Other agencies had much smaller programs and limited resources. These differences became better understood when the Pacific ... continued below

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Warren, James W. August 1, 1992.

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The Augmented Fish Health Monitoring Project (Project) had its origin, in the mid-1980's, in perceived differences or inconsistencies in fish disease detection, diagnosis and control capabilities between the five conservation agencies rearing and releasing anadromous salmonids for fishery resource management and mitigation purposes in the Columbia River basin. Agency fish health programs varied greatly. Some agencies had personnel, equipment and funding to frequently monitor the health status of both juvenile production fish and adult salmon or steelhead trout at the time of spawning. Other agencies had much smaller programs and limited resources. These differences became better understood when the Pacific Northwest Fish Health Protection Committee developed its Model Fish Health Protection Program including recommendations for standard fish disease detection procedures. Even though some agencies could not immediately attain the goals set by the Model Program it was unanimously adopted as a desirable objective. Shortly thereafter, a multi-party planning group was assembled to help the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) find ways to improve agency fish health programs and implement measures under the Fish and Wildlife Program of the Northwest Power Planning Council. The planning group assessed existing agency fish health monitoring capabilities, agreed upon satisfactory levels of capability to detect and identify important fish pathogens, and designed a five-year project establishing comparable fish health monitoring capability in each agency. It was strongly believed that such a project would improve the health and quality of the millions of hatchery fish released annually in the Columbia River basin and improve interagency communications and disease control coordination. During 1986 and 1987 BPA individually negotiated five separate contracts with the fishery agencies to standardize fish health monitoring, develop a common data collection and reporting format, evaluate and monitor hatchery water supplies, improve communications and coordination, and provide a mechanism for periodic review. The contract with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service was approved on May 31, 1987, the last of the five inter-agency agreements to be signed. This did not delay Service participation with the other agencies because the Service already had many elements of the Project in place under its existing Service-wide fish health policy and implementation plan, The Service fully participated in the Project from mid-1987 through mid-1992. This completion report describes some of the many accomplishments under each of the objectives, benefits accruing from the Project, elements to be sustained by the Service after the Project ended, and Project that were not completed or that pointed out new work that needs to be done.

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  • Report No.: DOE/BP-35585-4
  • Grant Number: 1987BP35585
  • DOI: 10.2172/910304 | External Link
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 910304
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc882302

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Warren, James W. Augmented Fish Health Monitoring, 1992 Annual Report., report, August 1, 1992; United States. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc882302/: accessed August 16, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.