In response to elements contained in the 2008 BiOp, the Action Agencies (AA), NOAA and the NPCC determined that a means to forecast future PIT-tagging effort would be instructive and should be established. Ideally, the forecast should extend several years into the future. A sub-group was formed that specified attributes to be included in a database that would inventory and forecast future tagging efforts. In December 2009 a template for a new PIT tag forecast-inventory was constructed and distributed to all agencies to populate. Until recently the database was resident at UW CBR. The agencies felt it would be advantageous to integrate the Forecaster into PTAGIS and make it more user friendly. As of October 2013, a version is now in place on the PSMFC system.
Drop-down menus are provided for many parameters; use them where applicable. Some columns are linked together, limiting your choices (e.g., for a given listed ESU, only pertinent MPGs will appear linked back to that ESU).
This forecast inventory is not merely for FWP and AFEP projects. PIT tagged fish released by HCP and BOR funded projects should be included, as well as other relevant efforts that may not fall under these umbrellas. The Region will establish guidelines for including forecast information from all users.
For populations, the ESU or MPG is the target unit. Spatially, the 4th-field HUC (8 digits) is currently the focal point, with ability to specify a PTAGIS release site, if known. The forecaster focuses on Anadromous salmonids but could include other species if needed.