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COMMISSION AGENDA: Friday December 2, 2016

UPDATE Nov. 29, 2016: Commission consideration of the delisting of the Borax Lake chub and Foskett Spring speckled dace has been postponed until 2017.

Meeting:

Friday December 2, 2016 – 8:00 a.m.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Commission Room
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E.
Salem, Oregon 97302

Printable Agenda (pdf)

Commission meeting on Periscope
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Friday December 2, 2016
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports – in written form only

Expenditure Report

Staff: Bill Herber, Deputy Director of Administration

Adopt Temporary Rules

Curt Melcher, Director

Attachments: (pdf)

1) 635-004-0355
In-season Adjustments to Commercial Nearshore Black Rockfish Fishery Trip Limits

Adopted November 8, 2016: effective November 10, 2016 through December 31, 2016.
The amended rule implements changes to in-season trip limits for the Oregon commercial nearshore black rockfish fishery that were inadvertently omitted from a previous filing of this rule. Trip limits for black rockfish increased from 1600 to 2400 pounds in period 4; from 1400 to 2200 pounds in period 5; and from 1000 to 1800 pounds in period 6.

2) 635-005-0505
Commercial Bay Dungeness Crab Fishery Closes Due To Shellfish Health Closure

Adopted November 21, 2016: effective November 21, 2016 through December 31, 2016.
This amended rule closes the commercial bay Dungeness crab fishery due to issuance of a shellfish health closure by the Oregon Department of Agriculture. Existing permanent rule language does not adequately address closure of commercial Dungeness crab fisheries due to unsafe levels of biotoxins. Rule modifications are needed to close the fishery and to re-open the fishery when the shellfish health closure has been lifted.

3) 635-005-0465
Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Opener Delayed Due to Unsafe Levels of Domoic Acid

Adopted November 23, 2016: effective November 23, 2016 through May 21, 2017.
This amended rule delays the opening of the 2016-2017 commercial Dungeness crab season in the Pacific Ocean and Columbia River due to elevated levels of the biotoxin domoic acid detected in samples of crab viscera during preseason testing. The season opening set in permanent rule is December 1. A new opening date for these fisheries has not been set, will depend on the results of further testing, and may differ regionally. Commercial Dungeness crab fisheries in bays and estuaries have already been closed in accordance with the provisions of Temporary OAR 635-005-0505(2) (e) which became effective November 21, 2016.

Columbia River Fisheries Reform

Staff: Ed Bowles, Fish Division Administrator
Chris Kern, Deputy Fish Division Administrator
Tucker Jones, Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program Manager
John North, Columbia River Fishery Manager


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.

Hunting Oregon Big Game over Bait Sites
Tom Repko
Chris Stewart

Traditional Archers of Oregon User Group Growth
Carson Brown, Secretary Traditional Archers of Oregon

Proposition 100, Wildlife Trafficking Act
Christopher Marley, Pheromone

Yaquina Bay Herring Roe Fishery
Bob Rees, NW Steelheaders

Pine Grove Archery Hunt
Chuck and Toni Lynde, Traditional Archers of Oregon

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve draft June 9 & 10, and August 5, 2016 Commission meeting minutes.

 

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit B: COLUMBIA RIVER FISHERIES REFORM

The Commission will be asked to adopt draft rules to extend the “transition period” for Columbia River Fisheries Reform rules through January 31, 2017

Staff: Ed Bowles, Fish Division Administrator
Chris Kern, Deputy Fish Division Administrator
Tucker Jones, Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program Manager
John North, Columbia River Fishery Manager
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit C: RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT PROJECT APPROVAL AND BOARD MEMBER APPOINTMENT

The Commission will be asked to approve the Restoration and Enhancement Board's recommendations for project funding from the September 16, 2016 meeting and appoint a new Public At Large member to the R&E Board.

Staff: Kevin Herkamp, STEP and R&E Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit D: REGULATIONS FOR 2017 GROUNDFISH FISHERIES AND 2015 NEARSHORE LOGBOOK REPORT

The Commission will be asked to adopt 2017 regulations for recreational and commercial groundfish fisheries and review the 2015 annual commercial nearshore logbook report.

Staff: Maggie Sommer, Marine Fisheries Section Manager
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit E: SENSITIVE SPECIES LIST

The Commission will be provided an update on the changes to the Sensitive Species List that resulted from the most recent review.

Staff: Michele Weaver, Fish Division ESA Specialist
Martin Nugent, Wildlife Division ESA Coordinator
Public Testimony
Informational


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit F: ACCESS and HABITAT BOARD MEMBER APPOINTMENTS

The Commission will be asked to approve the Access and Habitat State Board appointments for the Chair Position and Hunter Representative.

Staff: Isaac Sanders, A&H Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

OTHER BUSINESS
 
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FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION TOPICS

* Written public comments for future Commission Topics can be submitted in writing prior to the meeting date at ODFW.Commission@state.or.us or mailed to 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE Salem, OR 97302

January 20, 2017 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open November 15, 2016

  • Protected Wildlife Holding and Propagating – Rulemaking
  • Schedule of Damages for Commercial Fishing Violations – Rulemaking
  • Columbia River Fisheries Reform - Rulemaking

February 9, 2017 Portland Expo Center
Reception at the Pacific Northwest Sportsman Show

February 10, 2017 – Tigard  
*Written public comment period will open December 15, 2016

  • Access & Habitat Program Biennium Report – Informational
  • Update Columbia River Treaty Fishery Rules – Rulemaking
  • Director’s Performance Evaluation – Executive Session

March 17, 2017 – TBD
*Written public comment period will open January 15, 2017

  • Restoration & Enhancement Project Approval – Approval
  • 2016 Ocean Salmon Fisheries Informational Briefing – Informational
  • Access & Habitat Projects – Approval
  • DRAFT Wolf Plan - Informational

April 21, 2017 – TBD
*Written public comment period will open February 15, 2017

  • 2017-18 Game Bird Regulations – Rulemaking
  • 2017 Ocean Salmon Regulations for State Waters – Rulemaking
  • 2017 Sport Pacific Halibut and Commercial Pacific Regulations - Rulemaking

May 2017 – No meeting scheduled

June 9, 2017 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open April 15, 2017

  • Access & Habitat Auction and Raffle Tag Allocations – Approval
  • Access & Habitat Project Funding - Approval
  • Commercial Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fisheries – Rulemaking
  • Restoration & Enhancement Project Approvals - Approval

July 2017 – No meeting scheduled

August 4, 2017 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2017

  • Pride Awards Recognition
  • Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations – Rulemaking
  • Restoration & Enhancement Project Approvals, R&E Board Appointment, and STEP Annual Report – Approval
  • Coastal Coho Fisheries Regulations – Rulemaking
  • DRAFT Cougar Plan - Informational

September 15, 2017 – TBD
*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2017

  • Access & Habitat Project Funding - Approval
  • Big Game Regulations – Rulemaking

October 13, 2017 – TBD
*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2017

  • Cougar Management Plan Review – Rulemaking

November, 2017 – No meeting scheduled

December 8, 2017 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2017

  • Restoration & Enhancement Project Approval and R&E Board Appointment – Approval
  • Regulations for Groundfish Fisheries and Nearshore Logbook Report - Rulemaking
  • Access & Habitat Project Funding – Approval

PLEASE NOTE

AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. December 2, 2016, and proceed chronologically through the agenda. 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.

A recess will be taken at 12:00 Noon, when the Commission will have lunch and may discuss matters of general interest. The public is welcome to attend, and an announcement will be made of the location of the lunch. Lunch will not be provided to the public.

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 three (3) 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 by the Commission Chair immediately following the Director’s report portion of the agenda. Please provide twenty (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 Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302, 503.947.6044.

PARKING

Parking 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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