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COMMISSION AGENDA: Thursday & Friday, October 9 & 10, 2014

Joint Workshop with California Fish and Game Commission
Thursday, October 9, 2014 – 9:00 am
Jackson County Fairgrounds & Exposition Park, Mace Watchable Wildlife Center
1 Peninger Road
Central Point, Oregon 97502

Printable Agenda (pdf)

Meeting:
Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:00 am
Jackson County Fairgrounds & Exposition Park, Mace Watchable Wildlife Center
1 Peninger Road
Central Point, Oregon 97502

Printable Agenda (pdf)

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
WELCOME

Introductions


KLAMATH BASIN RESTORATION

The Commissions will be briefed on the Klamath Basin Restoration efforts.

Chip Dale, Klamath Watershed Manager
California staff – To be determined
Jason Atkinson, Why the Klamath Matters (Invited)
Chrysten Lambert, Klamath Basin Rangeland Trust (Invited)

OREGON WOLF CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Commissions will be briefed on plan implementation and wolf recovery and management in Oregon.

Russ Morgan, Oregon Wolf Program Coordinator


OCEAN ACIDIFICATION AND TEMPERATURE ANOMALIES

The Commissions will be briefed on current research and implications regarding ocean acidification and temperature anomalies in the Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Bill Peterson, Oceanographer, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Newport, Oregon, and Adjunct Professor of Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences at College of Oceanographic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University


ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION

The Commissions will discuss issues of mutual interest including forage fish management, the Interstate deer herd, and salmon management.


ADJOURN  
 
Friday, October 10, 2014
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports

Recognition of Fish Screening Task Force Member Tony Brauner

Brad Fuss, Central Point Fish Screening and Passage Shop Manager

Forage Fish Policy Update

Gway Kirchner, Fisheries Management Section Manager

Expenditure Report and Budget Update

Debbie Colbert, Deputy Director for Administration

Adopt Temporary Rules

Curt Melcher, Interim Director

Attachments: (pdf)

Field Report_101014

 

Director's Report - Forage Fish Policy Update

 

Director's Financial Report

1. 635-041-0075
Columbia River Treaty Indian Commercial Gill Net Salmon Season Set

Adopted September 24, 2014: effective September 25, 2014 through October 31, 2014.
This amended rule allows commercial sales of fish caught during the Treaty Indian commercial fall salmon gill net fishery in the Columbia River and its Washington tributaries. The first fishing period authorized for the Treaty Indian fall commercial gill net fishery is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, September 25 and run through 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 26. The second fishing period is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m., Monday, September 29 through 6:00 p.m., Friday, October 3, 2014. Modifications are consistent with action taken September 24, 2014 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of the states of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes.

2. 635-042-0031
Early Fall Commercial Fisheries Authorized for the Mainstem Columbia River

Adopted September 24, 2014: effective September 25, 2014 through October 31, 2014.
This amended rule authorizes an additional 9 day fishing period for the ongoing commercial Gillnet fishery. The new fishing period commences at 8:00 p.m., Thursday, September 25, 2014 through 6:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Allowed sales from the fishery include Chinook, coho, pink and sockeye salmon and shad.

3. 635-042-0032
Coho Tangle Net Season set for the Columbia River
Adopted September 24, 2014: effective October 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014.

This rule authorizes five 12-hour commercial coho tangle net fishing periods in Zones 1-3 of the Columbia River from 6:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. the following evenings on Wednesday, October 1; Thursday, October 2; Monday, October 6; Tuesday, October 7; and Wednesday, October 8, 2014. Authorized sales include Chinook, Adipose fin-clipped Coho Salmon, Pink and Sockeye Salmon and shad. Modifications are consistent with action taken September 24, 2014 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of the states of Oregon and Washington.

4. 635-017-0090
Coho Salmon Bag Limit Increased to Three Fish in Select Willamette Zone Streams
Adopted September 25, 2014: effective September 26, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

The amended rule allows the sport harvest of three adipose fin-clipped coho in each of the Clackamas, Sandy, and Willamette (Section 1 only) rivers effective Friday, September 26, 2014. These modifications allow sport anglers opportunities to harvest substantial numbers of coho that are returning to the Clackamas, Sandy, and lower Willamette rivers.

5. 635-023-0130
2014 Buoy 10 Recreational Coho Salmon Bag Limit Increased.
Adopted October 1, 2014: effective October 3, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

This amended rule increases the number of coho salmon allowed in the daily bag limit for the Buoy 10 fishery from two to three adult fish beginning Friday, October 3 through the end of the fishery. Modifications were consistent with joint state action taken by the Departments of Fish and Wildlife for the states of Oregon and Washington at a meeting of the Columbia River Compact on October 1, 2014.

6. 635-041-0075
Columbia River Treaty Indian Commercial Gill Net Salmon Season Extended
Adopted October 1, 2014: effective October 3, 2014 through October 31, 2014.

This amended rule allows commercial sales of fish caught during the Treaty Indian commercial fisheries in Zone 6 of the Columbia River and its Washington tributaries. Sales from an additional fishing period of 4.5 days were authorized for the ongoing Treaty Indian fall commercial gill net fishery. The additional period is scheduled to begin at 6:00 a.m., Monday, October 6 and run through 6:00 p.m., Friday, October 10, 2014. In addition, regulations authorizing sales of fish caught in the Yakama Nation tributary fisheries were modified to allow sales to occur after fishing periods are closed. Modifications are consistent with action taken October 1, 2014 by the states of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes.

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.

Joe Liebezeit Forage Fish
Audubon Society of Portland
Gilly Lyons Unmanaged Forage Fish
Pew Charitable Trusts

Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES
The Commission will be asked to approve the draft September 23, 2014 Commission minutes.

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit B: DIRECTOR RECRUITMENT

The Commission will consider options for recruiting for a new agency director and may select criteria relevant to the recruitment.

Enrique Sama, Department of Administrative Services Executive Recruiter
Public Testimony
Informational/Potential Action

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit C: 2015 OREGON BIG GAME REGULATIONS

The Commission will be asked to approve the administrative rules for 2015 Oregon Big Game Regulations.

Tom Thornton, Game Program Manager
Don Whittaker, Ungulate Species Coordinator
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit D: 2014 OREGON WOLF MANAGEMENT REPORT

The Commission will be briefed on wolf status and upcoming plan review in 2015.

Russ Morgan, Wolf Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit E: FISH PASSAGE POLICY UPDATE

The Commission will be briefed on the Department’s Fish Passage Policy.

Greg Apke, Statewide Fish Passage Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit F: ODOT CULVERT REPAIR FISH PASSAGE PILOT PROGRAMMATIC AGREEMENT

The Commission will be asked to approve the Oregon Department of Transportation’s request for a culvert repair fish passage pilot programmatic agreement.

Greg Apke, Statewide Fish Passage Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

OTHER BUSINESS
 
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

2015 Proposed Commission Meeting Dates

Executive Session

The Commission will hold an executive session to consult with legal counsel with respect to litigation filed or likely to be filed against the Commission, and to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions, as authorized by ORS 192.660(2)(e)and (h).

 
ADJOURN
 
FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION MEETINGS & TOPICS

November 2014 – No meeting scheduled

December 5, 2014 – Salem Headquarters

  • Restoration and Enhancement Projects
  • Coos Bay North Bend Water Board Fish Passage Waiver Request; Pony Creek
  • Columbia River Transition Fund
  • Siletz Tribal Clamming
  • Access and Habitat Projects
  • Hunter Education Course Length
  • Property Acquisitions – Hayden Island and Coyote Creek

 


PLEASE NOTE

AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 AM on Friday, October 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.

On October 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 Director’s Report 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 SE, Salem, OR 97302, 503.947.6044.

PARKING

Parking at Jackson County Fairgrounds and Exposition Park, 1 Peninger Road, Central Point, Oregon 97502, is available to anyone who attends the Commission meeting. Enter at Gate 2 or Gate 3.

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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