Lamprey Information Exchange
Learn, Share, Network
Recognizing the need to increase the awareness on issues surrounding Pacific Lamprey and provide experts, practitioners, and other interested parties an opportunity to share information and techniques throughout the lamprey research and conservation community, beginning in 2017 the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative’s (PLCI) Lamprey Technical Workgroup initiated an annual in-person Lamprey Information Exchange. Typically held the second week of December, over the years these have become popular annual events, increasing in size, scope and participation each year as interest and enthusiasm around lamprey have grown.
1st Annual Lamprey Info Exchange (2017)
On December 6-7, 2017, the Pacific Lamprey Conservation Team and Lamprey Technical Workgroup convened the first Information Exchange Technical Workshop at the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission headquarters in Portland, OR.
Experts in the fields of lamprey eDNA, passage, artificial propagation, translocation, and genetics presented their latest research in a casual setting to encourage information sharing across geographic areas.
2nd Annual Lamprey Info Exchange (2018)
In response to the success of the first workshop, the second Lamprey Information Exchange Workshop was held December 12-13, 2018, and was expanded to allow more people to attend and attracted more than 100 participants from a wide variety of organizations from across the country.
Topics included lamprey life history and behavior, climate change impacts, ocean phase, restoration and recolonization, and juvenile engineering and dredging investigations (JEDI).
3rd Annual Lamprey Info Exchange (2019)
On December 12-13, 2019, the Lamprey Technical Workgroup convened the 3rd Annual Lamprey Information Exchange at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA.
Experts in the fields of lamprey traditional ecological knowledge, regulatory and management programs, innovative methods, other lamprey species, contaminants, and passage presented their latest research and engaged participants in a discussion to encourage information sharing across geographic areas.
4th Annual Lamprey Information Exchange
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 PLCI and the LTWG pivoted from an in-person Information Exchange to a monthly webinar series. The 4th Annual Lamprey Information Exchange Webinar Series was an overwhelming success, and the six webinars that ran every second Tuesday from January 2021 through June 2021 reached more than 1165 participants, and the webinar recordings continue to be viewed and enjoyed.
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5th Annual Lamprey Information Exchange
Building off of the success of the 2021 Lamprey Information Exchange Webinar Series, the Lamprey Technical Workgroup is continuing the series in 2022 with six more webinars. Officially kicked off during the first official “Lamprey Week” in December 2021, and continue on the second Tuesday of each month through May 2022. Each webinar runs from 11:00am – 1:00pm Pacific Time and a full list of topics and speakers is included below.
Celebrating the Cultural & Historical Significance of Lampreys!
PLCI’s Lamprey Technical Workgroup kicked off of the 2022 monthly webinar series AND Lamprey Week 2021 with an inspiring and fascinating webinar celebrating the cultural and historical significance of lampreys.
- The Ndn and the Eel: From the Beginning to Now. Davis Washines (Yellowash), Yakama Nation.
- Fossil Record of Lampreys and Origins of Larval Forms. Tetsuto Miyashita, University of Ottawa and Carleton University.
Conveners: Laurie Porter, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission; Ralph Lampman, Yakama Nation Fisheries; Kelly Coates, Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians; and Christina Wang, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Lampreys Around the World
Lamprey Week 2021 continued with a trip around the world with PLCI’s Lamprey Technical Workgroup to explore native lamprey restoration and conservation in Portugal, New Zealand, and Japan.
- Life on the Edge: Challenges for the Conservation of Northern Hemisphere Lampreys in Portugal. Catarina Mateus, Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Universidade de Évora, Portugal.
- Development of Passage Structures for the Pouched Lamprey. Cindy Baker, New Zealand National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research ltd. (NIWA).
- Lamprey Culture, Management, and Monitoring in Finland and Japan. Different Cultures, Different Traditions. Ralph Lampman, Yakama Nation Fisheries.
Conveners: Benjamin Clemens, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and Christina Wang, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Using eDNA to Study Lampreys
The 5th Annual Lamprey Information Exchange continued in 2022 with a webinar exploring the use of eDNA to study lampreys.
- Living at the Edge: Pacific Lamprey Distributions Across Inland Idaho, the Oregon Coast, and North Puget Sound. Dr. Kellie Carim, U.S. Forest Service.
- Using eDNA and Community Volunteers to Map Distributions of Lampreys in the Oregon Coast Range. Dr. Shon Schooler, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
- Doubling Down: What We’ve Learned from Two eDNA Monitoring Programs in the Okanogan River Basin. Ann Grote, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; Matt Young, Colville Confederated Tribes.
- Live Car Experiments Help to Refine Seasonal Distribution of Pacific Lamprey in the Deschutes River Basin. Dan Bingham, Cramer Fish Sciences.
Convener: Ann Grote, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Lampreys & Climate Change
The 5th Annual Lamprey Information Exchange continued in 2022 with a webinar exploring lampreys and climate change.
- Assessment of Suspended Sediment Transport in the Cold Water Refuges within Zone 6 of the Columbia River. Sanjeev Joshi, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
- Larval Pacific Lamprey in Natural Conditions Exhibit an Ability to Tolerate Temperatures Near 30° C. Dr. Shon Schooler, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
- Exploring the ‘Confluence’ of Upper Thermal Tolerance, Climate Change, and Distribution of Native Japanese Lampreys. Hiroaki Arakawa, Noto Marine Center (Japan)
- Is Climate Change Already Impacting Native Lampreys and Their Communities? Christina Wang, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Conveners: Laurie Porter, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission; Christina Wang, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; and Ralph Lampman, Yakama Nation Fisheries.
5th Annual Lamprey Info Exchange Webinar Series: Lamprey Passage
Join PLCI’s Lamprey Technical Workgroup for the March webinar in its 2022 monthly series that will explore the topic of lamprey passage.
- Adult Passage at Eel Lake. Benjamin Clemens, Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife; Richard Litts, Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua & Suislaw Indians.
- Evolution of LPS Counting Technology at Bonneville Dam. Nathan McClain and Jacob MacDonald, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Use of Eel/Lamprey Tiles to Facilitate Adult Lamprey Passage & Hatchery Weir Passage Improvements. Joe Skalicky, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
- Guidelines for Adult Passage at Road Crossings. Abel Brumo, Stillwater Sciences.
- Juvenile Acoustic Telemetry Plans in Mainstem River Environment. Daniel Deng, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
- Other Useful Adult and Juvenile Passage Updates from Yakama Nation Fisheries. Ralph Lampman, Yakama Nation Fisheries.
Convener: Ralph Lampman, Yakama Nation Fisheries.
Restoration, Entrainment, and Salvage of Lampreys
Join PLCI’s Lamprey Technical Workgroup for the April webinar in its 2022 monthly series that will explore the topics of restoration, entrainment, and salvage of lampreys.
- Zooming in and Scaling Up with Larval Lamprey Habitat Restoration. Krista Jones, U.S. Geological Survey; Rosalinda Gonzales, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service; and Jason Dunham, U.S. Geological Survey.
- Initial Assessment of the Development of Larval Lamprey Habitats Following a Stage 0 Restoration Project. Paul Burns, Suislaw National Forest, U.S. Forest Service.
- Using Beaver Dam Analogs to Create/Enhance Pacific Lamprey Habitat. Amanda Keasberry, Cascade Forest Conservancy.
- Larval Lamprey Responses to Dewatering: Laboratory Studies to Inform Restoration Efforts. T. Liedtke, U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia River Research Lab.
Conveners: Jennifer Poirier and Julianne Harris, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
Supplementation & Disease
Join PLCI’s Lamprey Technical Workgroup for the May webinar in its 2022 monthly series that will explore the topics of supplementation and disease.
- Pacific Lamprey Translocation Success: The Young-Kid-Party in the River is About to be Crashed by the Adults. Jon Hess, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
- Pacific Lamprey Aquaculture and Outplanting: A Tool to Investigate the Vast Knowledge Gaps of Early Life History. Aaron Jackson and Alex Maine, Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation; Mary Moser, National Marine Fisheries Service; and Ralph Lampman, Yakama Nation Fisheries.
- Disease Surveillance in Pacific Lamprey and the National Wild Fish Health Survey. Christine Parker Graham, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) – Pacific Region Fish Health Program; Ken Lujan, USFWS – Spring Creek National Fish Hatchery; Laura Sprague, USFWS – Pacific Region Fish Health Program.
Convener: Laurie Porter, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission.
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