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COMMISSION AGENDA: Friday, May 10, 2013

Meeting

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 8:00 am
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission Room
3406 Cherry Avenue
Salem, Oregon 97303

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Friday, May 10, 2013
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports

Bruce Eddy, Chip Dale, Larry Cooper, Chris Wheaton, Roger Fuhrman, Steve Williams, Captain Jeff Samuels

Field Reports

Expenditure and Budget Report

Debbie Colbert, Deputy Director for Administration

Attachments: (pdf)

Adopt Temporary Rules

Roy Elicker, Director

1. 635-060-0040
Authorize Spring Bear Tags for Active Members of the Armed Forces

Adopted March 11, 2013: effective March 11, 2013 through September 2, 2013.
The adoption of these rules would provide a mechanism for Oregon’s active duty members of the Armed Forces stationed out of state to obtain a controlled or limited spring bear hunt tag if they return to Oregon on leave during the season so they can hunt with their family and friends. The process used to obtain a bear tag would be the same process already established for issuing deer and elk tags for controlled hunts. To qualify for these tags individuals must be from Oregon, currently stationed out of state, and maintain Oregon residency.

2. 635-075-0005
Authorize a Landowner’s Designee to Sign a Landowner Preference Tag DistributionForm
Adopted March 11, 2013: effective March 11, 2013 through September 2, 2013.
The current rule requires landowners to complete Landowner Preference Tag Distribution Forms and submit forms by specified dates. Many landowners are not active participants in organizing hunting activities on their property. In many cases there is a family member, business associate, employee, or friend responsible for completing the tag distribution forms which then must be returned to obtain the landowners signature. Because a large number of tag distribution forms are completed by individuals other than the landowner this amendment is necessary to authorize individuals designated by the landowner to sign tag distribution forms.

3. 635-042-0145
Youngs Bay Salmon Season Fishing Periods Increased on March 13 and 14, 2013

Adopted March 12, 2013: effective March 13, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
This amended rule increases the length of previously authorized fishing periods in the ongoing Chinook salmon and white sturgeon fishery in the Youngs Bay Select Area of the Columbia River. Modifications are consistent with the action taken March 12, 2013 by the State of Oregon.

4. 635-014-0090, 635-016-0090, 635-017-0095, 635-023-0095 and 635-039-0090
White Sturgeon Annual Bag Limit in Recreational Fisheries Increased

Adopted March 18, 2013: effective April 1, 2013 through September 27, 2013.
These amended rules increase the annual bag limit for white sturgeon in recreational fisheries from one to two fish effective April 1, 2013.

5. 635-042-0160 and 635-042-0180
Blind Slough and Deep River Select Area Commercial Fisheries Modified

Adopted March 21, 2013: effective March 21, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
These amended rules add two new fishing periods to the ongoing Chinook salmon and white sturgeon fisheries in the Blind Slough and Deep River select areas of the Columbia River. Modifications are consistent with the action taken March 21, 2013 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of the states of Oregon and Washington.

6. 635-039-0080
Adopt Federal Regulations by Reference for 2013 Recreational Pacific Halibut Fisheries

Adopted April 1, 2013: effective May 1, 2013 through May 31, 2013.
These amended rules incorporate federal regulations by reference to establish concurrent
seasons and regulations for 2013 recreational Pacific halibut fisheries, scheduled to open in
early May.

7. 635-023-0125
Columbia River Recreational Spring Chinook Season Extended

Adopted April 3, 2013: effective April 5, 2013 through July 1, 2013.
This amended rule extends the 2013 Columbia River recreational spring Chinook season, previously set to close on April 6 through Friday April 12, except closed on Tuesday April 9, 2013. All other regulations previously set remain the same. Revisions are consistent with action taken April 3, 2013 by Columbia River Compact agencies of the states of Oregon and Washington.

8. 635-042-0022
2013 Commercial Spring Chinook Fishery in the Mainstem Columbia River

Adopted April 8, 2013: effective April 9, 2013 through April 30, 2013.
This amended rule allows a non-Indian commercial spring Chinook fishery in the mainstem Columbia River to commence on April 9, 2013 from the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to Beacon Rock (Zones 1 through 5). The authorized tangle net fishing period is from 7:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. (9 hours). Modifications are consistent with joint state action taken April 8, 2013 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of the states of Oregon and Washington.

9. 635-003-0003 and 635-013-0003
Salmon Seasons for Commercial and Sport Fisheries in the Pacific Ocean

Adopted April 25, 2013: effective May 1, 2013 through May 15, 2013.
The amended rules incorporate, by reference, the annual ocean commercial (OAR 635-003-0003) troll salmon and annual ocean sport (OAR 635-013-00003) salmon specifications and management measures as adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council at its annual Ocean Salmon Management Measures and Impacts meeting, as finalized in April 2013. Housekeeping and technical corrections to the regulations were made to ensure rule consistency.

10. 635-023-0134
Open Spring Chinook Sport Fishery on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam

Adopted April 25, 2013: effective May 4, 2013 through September 30, 2013.
This amended rule extends the 2013 Columbia River recreational spring Chinook season, previously set to close on April 6 through Friday April 12, except closed on Tuesday April 9, 2013. All other regulations previously set remain the same. Revisions are consistent with action taken April 3, 2013 by Columbia River Compact agencies of the states of Oregon and Washington.

PUBLIC FORUM

Note: This part of the agenda is for comments on topics not scheduled elsewhere on the agenda. Please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of the Director at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to be included in the public forum. If you bring written summaries or other materials to the meeting please provide the Commission Assistant with 20 copies prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to take action on items brought to their attention in this forum.


Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve the March 8, 2013 Commission minutes.


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit B: 2013 REGULATIONS FOR COASTAL PELAGIC SPECIES AND PACIFIC HALIBUT FISHERIES

The Commission will be asked to approve the 2013 regulations for commercial coastal pelagic species and recreational and commercial Pacific halibut fisheries.

Gway Kirchner, Marine Fisheries Section Manager
Public Testimony
Approval


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit C: 2013 OCEAN SALMON REGULATIONS FOR STATE MARINE WATERS

The Commission will be asked to approve the administrative rules to establish regulations for sport and commercial salmon seasons in state waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Steve Williams, Assistant Fish Div. Administrator for Marine and Columbia River Fisheries
Public Testimony
Approval


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit D: UNATTENDED VEHICLES PARKED IN VIOLATION OF RULES

The Commission will be asked to approve the administrative rule to authorize citing the
registered owner for unattended vehicles parked in violation of rule.

Nancy Breuner, Wildlife Area Operations Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval


Attachments: (pdf)

OTHER BUSINESS

Executive Session

The Executive Session is held pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2) (h) which allows the Commission to meet in Executive Session to consult with legal counsel concerning current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.



ADJOURN
 
FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION MEETINGS & TOPICS

June 6-7, 2013 – Tigard (Congressional District 1)

  • Columbia River Fisheries Management: 2013 and Beyond
  • Regulations for 2013 Coastal Fall Chinook
  • Restoration and Enhancement Projects
  • 2013 Big Game Regulations
  • 2014 Auction and Raffle Tag Allocations
  • Access and Habitat Projects
  • Habitat Conservation Stamp
  • Furbearing and Unprotected Mammal Regulations
  • Best Practices Key Performance Measures
  • Recruitment and Retention Action Plan

July 12, 2013 – No meeting scheduled; but please reserve this date

August 2, 2013 – Eugene (Congressional District 4)

  • 2013-2014 Oregon Game Bird Regulations
  • Land Acquisition and Exchange Rules

September 4-5-6, 2013 – Medford

  • Access and Habitat Projects

October 3-4, 2013 – Newport

  • 2014 Big Game Regulations

November 2013 – No meeting scheduled

December 6, 2013 – Portland (Congressional District 3)

  • Access and Habitat Projects


AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 AM on May 10, 2013. If you wish to receive written materials prepared for any of the agenda items, please contact the Director’s Office in Salem at 503.947.6044 to request a packet for those items, which interest you or see the agency’s website.

On May 10, a recess will be taken at 12:00 Noon, when the Commission will have lunch.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY

If you wish to give testimony on any item scheduled on this agenda, please sign up on the sheets provided theday of the meeting. You will be called to testify by the Commission Chair. The Commission places great value on information received from the public, and wants to avoid arbitrary limits on the time or attention allocated to each witness. Therefore, persons desiring to testify or otherwise present information to the Commission are encouraged to:

  1. Provide written summaries of information to the Commission twenty (20 sets);
  2. Limit testimony to five (5) minutes, recognizing that substance, not length, determines the value of testimony or written information;
  3. Endorse rather than repeat testimony of other witnesses; and
  4. Groups or organizations wishing to testify should designate one spokesperson whenever possible.

PUBLIC FORUM

If you wish to give testimony on any item not scheduled elsewhere on the agenda, please contact the Director’s Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 503.947.6044, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. You will be called to testify by the Commission Chair immediately following the Commissioner Items portion of the agenda. Please provide 20 sets of written summaries or other materials to the Commission Assistant prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to take action on items brought to their attention in this forum.

Thank you for taking the time to present your views.

Materials delivered to the Director’s Office sufficiently in advance of the meeting can be copied and distributed to the Commission. If you bring written materials to the hearing, please provide twenty (20) copies. If you have questions regarding this Agenda, please contact the Director’s Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3406 Cherry Avenue NE, Salem, OR 97303, 503.947.6044.

PARKING

Parking at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3406 Cherry Avenue, Salem, Oregon 97303, is available to anyone who attends the Commission meeting.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION OF DISABILITIES

Reasonable accommodation, such as assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters, and materials in large print or audiotape, will be provided as needed. In order to ensure availability, please contact the Director’s Office at 503.947.6044 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to make your request. TTY users can reach ODFW by using the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service. Please dial 711 and ask to be connected to 503.947.6044.

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