ITEM:††††††††††† INFORMATIONAL ITEMS/STAFF REPORTS

 

23.†††††† CARMEL RIVER FISHERY REPORT†††††

 

Meeting Date:†††††††††† February 19, 2004††††††††††††††††† Budgeted:N/A

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Program/Line Item No.: Aquatic

Staff Contact:†††††††††††† Dave Dettman/†††††††††† †††††††††† Resources Fisheries, 2.4

††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† Beverly Chaney†††††††††††††††††††† Cost Estimate:N/A

 

General Counsel Approval:N/A

Committee Recommendation: N/A

CEQA Compliance:N/A

 

 

AQUATIC HABITAT AND FLOW CONDITIONS:During most of January 2004, Carmel River streamflow conditions were generally good for smolt out-migration and adult in-migration, and good for fish rearing.Large storms in late December and early January opened the lagoon mouth allowing adult steelhead to move upstream.Lack of rain late in the month reduced stream flow in the lower valley substantially.In January, mean daily streamflow recorded at the Districtís Carmel River Sleepy Hollow Weir gaging station averaged 72.6 cubic feet per second (cfs) and ranged from 29 to 341 cfs.

 

In January 2004, 2.44 inches of rainfall were recorded by Cal-Am at San Clemente Dam (SCD).The long-term January average at this site is 4.40 inches.For Water Year 2004 through the end of January, the total rainfall is 10.46 inches, or 94% of average.

 

The Carmel River Lagoon was first breached by the Monterey County Public Works Department December 30, 2003 and several times in January 2004 after the sand bar at the mouth built up and blocked river outflow.

 

†† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† Carmel Lagoon Water Level January 2004

 

ADULT STEELHEAD COUNTS AT SAN CLEMENTE DAM:The Districtís automatic adult fish counter at the San Clemente Dam Ladder was installed in early January.As of February 5, 2004, 33 counts had been recorded.A digital surveillance camera is being installed that will be used to calibrate the counter, assess the condition of the fish and possibly the sex of each individual.

 

SLEEPY HOLLOW STEELHEAD REARING FACILITY:The Facility was shut down for the winter in late December after the last of the young-of-year fish in the rearing channel and the larger juveniles from Tank 3 were released.By September 5, 2003, staff had stocked 28,327 fish at the Facility, or approximately one-half of the total number rescued from the lower river.Between late October and December 31, 2003, a total of 12,737 fish were released from the Facility back into the river.All were in excellent physical condition, and many had grown quite large. The overall survival rate of fish held at the Facility in 2003 is approximately 44%.†† This is a very favorable result when compared to the survival of wild fish in the lower Carmel River and shows that the combination of the cooling tower, quarantine protocol, feeding regime, and nature-like habitat in the rearing channel is successful in rearing wild-caught juvenile steelhead.Final results are shown below for fish held in the four quarantine tanks (QT-2,3,4,5), the larger fish in the 22í diameter Tank 3 (T-3), and the young-of-the-year (YOY) fish in the rearing channel (RC).

 

 

SHSRF Fish Summary July 18 - December 31, 2003.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tank #

# Fish Added

# Morts

Unaccounted For

Total Released

% Survival

 

Notes

QT-2

660

450

0

210

31.8

 

med size transf. from T-4

QT-3

470

327

0

143

30.4

 

med size

QT-4

821

224

349

248

30.2

 

CRSA seined fish.

QT-5

332

86

67

179

53.9

 

CRSA seined and shocked.

T-3

295

88

1

206

69.8

 

large 1+ year olds

R C

25,751

5,997

8,003

11,751

45.6

 

YOY

Totals

28,329

7,172

8,420

12,737

43.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaccounted for fish were either eaten by other fish, morts not found, or the number of

added fish was over estimated at the beginning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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