The initial goal of the LSRCP program is mitigation and compensation for loss of fisheries resources resulting from the construction and operation of the four lower Snake River dams. Since the listing of Snake River basin spring/summer (sp/su) Chinook salmon, fall Chinook salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the focus of the LSRCP program has transitioned to also include conservation and preservation of these species in the Snake River basin. The LSRCP program presently supports 11 hatchery programs in three states, propagating spring/summer and fall Chinook salmon and steelhead for the enhancement of Tribal, commercial, and sport harvest opportunities. The Nez Perce Tribe currently conducts monitoring and evaluation projects in the South Fork Salmon River and the Imnaha River and has a lead role in the Snake River basin coordination of management activities related to the LSRCP program
NPT LSRCP Project Activities
- Monitor and evaluate natural- and hatchery-origin Chinook salmon spawning in the South Fork Salmon River using redd count surveys and carcass recoveries.
- Monitor and evaluate natural-origin Chinook salmon spawning in the Big Creek (Middle Fork Salmon River) using redd count surveys and carcass recoveries.
- Assist with juvenile Chinook salmon and steelhead trapping in the Lower Imnaha River to provide survival estimates through the Columbia River hydrosystem and estimate population abundance in coordination with the Imnaha River Smolt Monitoring Project.
- Coordinate hatchery production planning for LSRCP facilities rearing spring/summer Chinook salmon, fall Chinook salmon and steelhead.