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Instream PIT Tag Detection Session Introduction

Derrek Faber

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, 3561 Klindt Dr, The Dalles, OR 97058

The Instream PIT Tag Detection Steering Subcommittee (IPTDS-SC) is an integral component of the broader PIT Tag Steering Committee (PTSC), addressing the evolving complexities in the field of fish tagging and monitoring in the Columbia River Basin. With a surge in technological advancements, the IPTDS-SC was established on July 30, 2019, to spearhead the implementation and upkeep of Instream PIT Tag Detection Systems (IPTDS) and ensure the seamless integration of this data into the comprehensive PIT Tag database, PTAGIS. The IPTDS-SC's mission is to provide expertise and guidance for the installation, operation, and maintenance of IPTDS, optimizing data integrity and accessibility for a wide range of stakeholders including regional, state, federal, and tribal entities.

The committee aims to develop protocols that maintain the continuity and integrity of PIT tag data. This involves coordinating training for field personnel and establishing forums to standardize data analysis methodologies across various IPTDS sites. The IPTDS-SC consists of members from diverse agencies, each bringing specialized knowledge in IPTDS operations, fostering an environment of shared expertise and collaborative decision-making. The steering subcommittee is instrumental in identifying training needs, developing coordinated plans, and ensuring that the IPTDS-related equipment and protocols meet the highest standards for data quality.

The IPTDS-SC is excited to introduce specialized sessions designed to enhance the technical knowledge base of the broader community engaged with instream PIT tagging and monitoring. These workshops will provide hands-on training in the operation and construction of instream PIT tag arrays, subsequent data management, and analysis techniques. It is our goal to ensure the effective use of PIT tag data in managing and recovering fish populations, thereby aligning with the conservation goals outlined in the Biological Opinions within the Columbia and Snake River Basins.