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.

Data Definitions

The data entities that comprise the PIT Tag Forecaster application are a logical collection of fields and are described in the subsequent sections. The entity relationships are summarized with sample values in the following diagram:


A project represents an official PIT tag research study that will be forecasted as described above. The project describes the agency marking the fish and for what purpose. A project can have multiple ESUs associated with it that are described below.



Project ID

A numeric value that uniquely identifies a project and is automatically assigned by the system.

RME Program

Select appropriate designation from the drop-down (Required)

Project Title

General descriptor for a specific Project Number

Project Number

The official project number as specified in the researcher program (e.g. FWP, AFEP, etc.)

RME Type

This is a category scheme adopted from the FCRPS BiOp for classifying various types of research, monitoring and evaluation.

· STM - Status and Trend Monitoring, this includes performance target monitoring like smolt and adult survival through the hydro-system.

· AER - Action Effectiveness Research, directed at resolving localized issues with short term research and evaluation of remedies;

· CUR - Critical Uncertainty Research, where ongoing evaluations attempt to resolve processes having management implications (e.g., transport effects, delayed passage mortality, spawning effectiveness, etc.).

Project Manager

As specified in PISCES. Select an appropriate designation from the drop-down. Select the primary funding agency when in doubt.

Project Contractor

Agency conducting the tagging. Select from drop-down.


Use of tagged fish by group. If fish can be used for multiple evaluations select the combination sets, leading with the primary use. For example if fish are tagged primarily for Hatchery evaluation but are available for Hydro monitoring and estuary observation, select HAT/HYD/EST from the drop down


The ESU entity describes a population of fish that will be marked with a PIT tag for the given Project. Each ESU entity will have one or more Release Locations associated with it.




Select from the ESU drop-down list (required).


Select from the MPG drop-down menu (required field for listed populations). Unlisted ESUs have no MPG designation – leave blank.

Life Stage

Life stage at release from drop-down list (required).

Fish Origin

Origin of fish tagged from drop-down list (required).


This field is only displayed wheneverFish Originis designated asHatchery. If hatchery fish are to be tagged and source is known, select the hatchery from the drop-down list. If it is a mixed hatchery source, leave blank.

Release Location

Release Location entity defines where population of marked fish will most likely be released for the given ESU and Project. Each Release Location will contain a single Forecast entity as described below.



Release Site

A release site established in the PTAGIS database indicates the proposed release location of marked fish for a target ESU. Only release sites associated with the parent ESU entity will be displayed. SelectUnknownif a release site is not defined and select an appropriate HUC4 designation instead.


Hydrologic unit 4thcode indicates the release location of marked fish for the target ESU. If aRelease Siteis selected, this field is automatically populated with the correct value.


Forecast entity represents a best effort projection of the number of marked fish that will be released at a given Release LocationESU and Project for a 3 year period starting next year. When updating this entity, the application will automatically generate a 3 year period and only the target and other related fields will need to be entered.




Year in which that tagged fish are release (required).


Number of tagged fish released (required). Zero can be entered to indicate the proposed marking and release will no longer occur.


If uncertain about the number of target fish to be released, enter a value indicating the minimum number that may occur.


If uncertain about the number of target fish to be released, enter a value indicating the maximum number that may occur.

Other Tag Type

Add any primary or secondary tag types in addition to PIT tag that will used for marking.


Provide any comments to further describe this forecast for the given year.