Site Type

Site Name


RPJ - Rapid River Hatchery Pond

Rapid River Hatchery (IDFG) outfall

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First year:


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Site Contacts


Nicole Tancreto
(503) 595-3141


Don Warf
(509) 735-2773 x1


Operational Dates

Year Start Date End Date Notes
2014 2/10/2014 4/28/2014 Antenna 05 down February 10-20. Volitional release started March 17. Power outage occurred March 20 for approximately 3 hours; buffers were downloaded and detections were submitted in recapture file PIT14079.RPJ. All remaining fish were seined out of the pond and the transceivers were shut down on April 28.
2016 3/3/2016 4/29/2016
2015 2/11/2015 4/24/2015 Volitional release started March 15. The primary computer rebooted several times during the season; any detections that were missed during reboots were filled with data from the secondary computer. All remaining fish were forced out of the pond and the transceivers were shut down on April 24.
1999 4/20/1999 4/22/1999 First year of (test) deployment; more a proof of concept. Dates and times based on first/last interrogation files received.
2000 3/19/2000 4/25/2000 Dates and times based on first/last reported detections.
2001 3/15/2001 4/24/2001 Dates and times based on first/last reported detections.
2002 3/6/2002 4/22/2002 First tagged fish in pond on 3/6; screens pulled on 3/18 in the AM.
2003 3/17/2003 4/28/2003 IDFG tagged fish for the CSS program between Feb 3-6. BioMark tagged fish for NMFS between 2/10-19. The screens were removed from the (monitored) outfall at 1:00pm on 3/17/03; fish were allowed to exit the pond volitionally until April 28, after which the ponds was drained. The last PIT tags were detected on 4/29/03.
2004 1/29/2004 4/21/2004 The PIT tag detectors were activated at 8:00am on 1/29/04. Scheduled volitional release commenced at approximately 2:00pm on 3/15/04. The pond was drained and any remaining fish were forced out by 3:00pm on 4/21/04.
2005 2/28/2005 4/25/2005 The RPJ site was activated on February 28, 2005. The first pond boards were pulled on March 15. The pond was fully dewatered by April 25, 2005.
2006 2/13/2006 4/25/2006 RPJ was activated on February 13, 2006. There were ~100k PIT-tagged fish in a pond of ~1M total fish. Volitional release began on March 17 and concluded on April 25, 2006.
2007 2/16/2007 4/27/2007 Volitional release apparently began on March 15, 2007. All remaining fish were forced out on April 27, 2007.
2008 2/19/2008 4/25/2008 The RPJ detection system was enabled on Feb. 19, with tagged fish already in the pond. The boards were pulled around noon on Mar. 19 to allow volitional release. The remaining fish were forced out, and the pond dewatered, on April 25, 2008.
2009 2/9/2009 4/24/2009 Detection activities began on Feb. 9. The volitional release began at approximately 6AM (PST) on March 16. All remaining fish were crowded out on Wednesday, April 22. The interrogation equipment was deactivated on April 24.
2010 2/4/2010 4/23/2010 Rapid River Hatchery staff pulled the raceway screens on March 15 to allow fish to volitionally exit the facility. The pond was emptied and the equipment was disabled on April 23.
2011 2/8/2011 4/22/2011 The detection equipment was installed on Feb. 8. Volitional release began on Mar. 15. Remaining fish were seined from the pond on Apr. 21. Site was shut down and equipment removed on Apr. 22.
2012 2/7/2012 5/1/2012 The detection equipment was installed on February 7. Volitional release began on March 12. Pond drained and detection equipment removed May 1.
2013 2/6/2013 4/29/2013

Current and Historic Site Configurations

Config Seq: 120

Start Date: 3/15/2002

End Date:

Config Seq: 110

Start Date: 3/1/2001

End Date: 3/15/2002

Config Seq: 100

Start Date: 4/19/1999

End Date: 3/1/2001

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