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COMMISSION AGENDA: Friday, January 10, 2014

Meeting

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 8:00 a.m.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Headquarters
4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE
Salem, Oregon 97302-1142

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The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission is not currently in session.
Friday, January 10, 2014
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports

In written form only

Expenditure and Budget Report

Debbie Colbert, Deputy Director for Administration

Adopt Temporary Rules

Roy Elicker, Director

Attachments: (pdf)

Attachments: (pdf)


1. 635-011-0100
Radio-Tagged Hatchery Winter Steelhead May Be Retained in Northwest Zone Streams
Adopted December 2, 2013: effective December 10, 2013 through June 8, 2014. This amended rule adds radio-tagged hatchery steelhead in Northwest Zone streams to the existing exception to non-retention of radio-tagged fish (Item 17, page 10 of 2013 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations and page 11 of 2014 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations). Rule modifications allow retention of radio-tagged fish in conjunction with a planned radio telemetry study in the North Fork Nehalem River. This amended rule encompasses the entire Northwest Zone due to the possibility that some radio-tagged hatchery winter steelhead may stray into adjacent basins.

2. 635-004-0275
Federal Actions and Management Measures Implemented for Commercial Fixed-gear Groundfish Fisheries

Adopted December 3, 2013: effective December 9, 2013 through June 7, 2014. This amended rule implements in-season actions previously adopted by the federal government for 2013 and 2014 Pacific Ocean commercial groundfish fisheries, including but not limited to changes in limited entry and open access fixed gear sablefish trip limits.

3. 635-005-0705
Prior Year 5,000 Pound Landing Requirement Temporarily Removed from Brine Shrimp Permit Renewal Rule

Adopted December 5, 2013: effective December 9, 2013 through June 6, 2014. This amended rule allows the renewal of Brine Shrimp permits without the previously required 5,000 pound landing from the previous year. Due to low water in Lake Abert, in 2013 harvesters were unable to use their boats and harvest enough Brine Shrimp to satisfy the 5,000 pounds in landings required for permit renewal.

4. 635-004-0505
2014 Harvest Quota for Commercial Roe Herring Fishery in Yaquina Bay
Set
Adopted December 10, 2013: effective January 1, 2014 through April 15, 2014. This amended rule sets the 2014 harvest quota for the Yaquina Bay commercial roe herring fishery for the period from January 1 through April 15, 2014 at 43.4 tons. The yearly harvest quota for the Yaquina Bay commercial roe herring fishery shall not exceed 20% of the available spawning biomass as established in the Yaquina River Basin Fish Management Operating Principles and Objectives described in OAR 635-500-0665(2). Only fishers with a limited entry permit issued pursuant to ORS 508.765 may participate in this fishery.

5. 635-023-0095
Recreational Sturgeon Fishery in the Bonneville Pool Begins January 1, 2014

Adopted December 11, 2013: effective January 1, 2014 through January 31, 2014. This amended rule opens a recreational white sturgeon fishery in the Bonneville Pool of the Columbia River, including adjacent tributaries, effective at 12:01 a.m., Wednesday, January 1, 2014. White Sturgeon between 38-54 inches in fork length may be retained. Modifications were made consistent with Joint State Action taken December 11, 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.

Bob Rees, NW Guides and Anglers Association
Columbia River White Sturgeon

Jim Myron, The Native Fish Society
Independent Scientific Review of draft Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan

Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve the draft October 4, 2013 Commission minutes.

Attachments: (pdf)


Exhibit B: RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT PROJECTS

The Commission will be asked to approve the Restoration and Enhancement Board’s recommendations for project funding.

Kevin Herkamp, STEP and Restoration and Enhancement Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit C: WARMSPRINGS DAM HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT FISH SCREENING EXEMPTION AND FISH PASSAGE WAIVER

The Commission will be asked to approve a fish screening exemption and a fish passage waiver to the Warmsprings Irrigation District at the Warmsprings Hydroelectric Project.

Elizabeth Moats, Northeast Region Hydropower Coordinator
Rick Kepler, Water Quality and Quantity Program Manager
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit D: MASON DAM HYDROELECTRIC PROJECT FISH SCREENING EXEMPTION AND FISH PASSAGE WAIVER

The Commission will be asked to approve a fish screening exemption and a fish passage
waiver to Baker County at the Mason Dam Hydroelectric Project.

Elizabeth Moats, Northeast Region Hydropower Coordinator
Rick Kepler, Water Quality and Quantity Program Manager
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit E: PROGRESS REPORT ON IMPLEMENTATION OF COLUMBIA RIVER FISH MANAGEMENT AND REFORM RULES

The Commission will be briefed on the 2013 Columbia River fisheries and plans for 2014.

Ed Bowles, Fish Division Administrator
Tony Nigro, Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program Manager
Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit F: FISH SCREENING TASK FORCE MEMBER APPOINTMENTS

The Commission will be asked to appoint a Public-at-Large representative and a Fishing/Fish Conservation representative on the Fish Screening Task Force.

Pete Baki, Statewide Fish Screening Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit G: SCHEDULE OF DAMAGES FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING VIOLATIONS

The Commission will be asked to approve the Schedule of Damages for Commercial Fishing Violations contained in OAR 635-006-0232.

Aaron Jenkins, Economist
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit H: WOLF CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Commission will be asked to approve the amended administrative rules and the plan addendum.

Ron Anglin, Wildlife Division Administrator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit I: USE OF CROSSBOWS

The Commission will be briefed on the use of crossbows.

Tom Thornton, Game Program Manager
Public Testimony
Informational

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 the legal rights and
duties of a public body with regard to current litigation or litigation likely to be filed.



ADJOURN
 
FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION MEETINGS & TOPICS

February 7, 2014 – Salem Headquarters

• Youngs Bay Control Zone
• Falconry Rules (NOTE: Moved to March 7)

March 7, 2014 – Tigard (Congressional District #1)

• Access and Habitat Projects
• Wildlife Integrity Rules
• 2013 Oregon Wolf Management Report

April 25, 2014 – North Bend (Congressional District #4)

• Restoration and Enhancement Projects

May 16, 2014 – only if needed

June 5-6, 2014 – Salem Headquarters

• Access and Habitat Auction; Raffle Tags
• Access and Habitat Projects
• Furbearer and Unprotected Mammal Regulations
• 2014 Big Game Regulations

July 11, 2014 – only if needed



 

August 1, 2014 – Salem Headquarters

• Restoration and Enhancement Projects
• 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations

September 5, 2014 – Wallowa County (Congressional District 2)

• Access and Habitat Projects

October 9-10, 2014 – Medford

• October 9: Joint Workshop with California Fish and Game Commission
• October 10: Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Public Meeting
• 2015 Big Game Regulations

November 2014 – No meeting scheduled

December 5, 2014 – Clackamas (Congressional District 3)

• Restoration and Enhancement Projects
• Access and Habitat Projects


AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 AM on January 10, 2014. 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 at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/.

On January 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 the day 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, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E., Salem, OR 97302, 503.947.6044.

PARKING

Parking at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E., Salem, Oregon 97302, 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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