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COMMISSION AGENDA: Friday October 13, 2017

 

Commission Tour

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Stafford Inn
1773 NE 3rd Street
Prineville, OR 97445

Printable Agenda (pdf)

Meeting:

Friday, October 13, 2017 – 8:00 AM
Crook County Fairgrounds
Carey Foster Hall
1280 Main St
Prineville, OR 97754

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Friday October 13, 2017
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports – in written form only

Expenditure Report

Staff: Erica Kleiner, Management Resources Division Administrator

Adopt Temporary Rules

Curt Melcher; Director

Attachments: (pdf)

1.) 635-041-0075
Zone 6 Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Gillnet Fisheries Adopted
Adopted September 8, 2017: effective September 11, 2017 through December 31, 2017.

These rules authorize fall Treaty commercial gillnet fisheries for Zone 6 of the Columbia River. Modifications are consistent with action taken September 6, 2017 by the Departments of Fish & Wildlife for the States of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes at a meeting of the Columbia River Compact.

2.) 635-039-0090
Close Recreational Bottomfish Fishing for All Species Except for Flatfish; Opens Flatfish Fishing to All-Depths
Adopted September 12, 2017: effective September 18, 2017 through December 31, 2017

Amended rule closes the recreational bottomfish fishery to retention of all species except for flatfish species and opens fishing for flatfish to all-depths. The rule changes are necessary to keep impacts from the Oregon recreational bottomfish fishery within specified harvest guidelines.

3.) 635-042-0060
Non-Treaty Fall Commercial Gillnet Fisheries Adopted
Adopted September 14, 2017: effective September 17, 2017 through October 31, 2017

This rule authorizes late fall non-Treaty commercial gillnet fisheries in Zones 4-5 of the lower Columbia River. Modifications are consistent with action taken September 14, 2017 by the Departments of Fish & Wildlife for the States of Oregon and Washington at a meeting of the Columbia River Compact.

4.) 635-041-0075
Zone 6 Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Gillnet Fisheries Adopted

Adopted September 14, 2017: effective September 18, 2017 through December 31, 2017

These rules authorize fall Treaty commercial gillnet fisheries for Zone 6 of the Columbia River. Modifications are consistent with action taken September 14, 2017 by the Departments of Fish & Wildlife for the States of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes at a meeting of the Columbia River Compact.

5.) 635-039-0090
Exempt Spear Fishing for Lingcod from Sport Bottomfish Closure

Adopted September 20, 2017: effective September 20, 2017 through December 31, 2017

Amended rule allows recreational harvest of lingcod by spear only. The rule change provides for an exception to the sport bottomfish closure to allow harvest of lingcod by spear only. Because spear fishing involves visual identification of an individual target fish, it is a highly selective method of take without bycatch of other species which have already reached preseason harvest guidelines.

6.) 635-041-0075, 635-042-0060, 635-042-0180
Modifications to Columbia River Mainstem and Deep River Select Area Fisheries

Adopted September 21, 2017: effective September 21, 2017 through December 31, 2017

These rules extend the fall Treaty commercial gillnet fisheries for Zone 6 of the Columbia River. In addition, a non-treaty commercial late fall fishing period for Zones 4 and 5 of the Columbia River is rescinded and the Deep River Select Area times have been modified to allow fishing from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 a.m. the following day on previously set fishing periods. Modifications are consistent with action taken September 21, 2017 by the Departments of Fish & Wildlife for the States of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes at a meeting of the Columbia River Compact.

7.) 635-039-0085
Pacific Halibut Recreational Summer All-Depth Season from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mt. Closed

Adopted September 21, 2017: effective September 22, 2017 through October 31, 2017

This amended rule closes the recreational nearshore Pacific halibut season in the area between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mt. beginning at 11:59 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017. The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), and the Department (ODFW) conferred on September 21, 2017 and determined that the allocation had been attained.

8.) 635-039-0090
Reopen Sport Groundfish Fishery For Some Species Outside 40 Fathoms, With Long-Leader Gear Required.

Adopted September 25, 2017: effective October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017

Amended rule allows recreational fishing for some groundfish species outside the 40 fathom management line, with long-leader gear required, beginning October 1. The rule change provides for a partial reopening of the sport groundfish fishery in an area and with a gear type expected to allow selective harvest of abundant species with minimal bycatch of other species which have already reached preseason harvest guidelines.

9.) 635-041-0075, 635-042-0145, 635-042-0160, 635-042-0170, 635-042-0180
Modifications to Columbia River Zone 6 and Select Area Fisheries

Adopted September 27, 2017: effective October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017

These rules extend the fall Treaty commercial gillnet fisheries for Zone 6 of the Columbia River. In addition, the possession and sale of white sturgeon in Youngs Bay, Blind Slough/Knappa Slough, Tongue Point, South Channel and Deep River select areas of the Columbia River is prohibited. Modifications are consistent with action taken September 27, 2017 by the Departments of Fish & Wildlife for the States of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes at a meeting of the Columbia River Compact.

10.) 635-039-0090
Increase Marine Fish Bag Limit for Longleader Fishing, and Prohibit Nearshore Rockfish

Adopted September 29, 2017: effective October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017

Amended rule increases marine fish bag limit from 7 to 10 fish and adds “other nearshore rockfish” to the list of species anglers are not allowed to retain, beginning October 1. The rule change increases the marine fish bag limit while prohibiting retention of additional species for which the annual recreational harvest guideline has already been met. The increased bag limit is intended to help mitigate the economic impacts on coastal and recreational fishing communities from the September bottomfish closure.

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.

Commercial Fisheries

Steve Fick

 
Columbia River B-run Steelhead  

Jim Coleman
Jeff Pobelite

Will Preference Points to family members upon death  

Steve Janego

Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve draft September 15, 2017 Commission meeting minutes.

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit B: ADOPTION OF ADMINISTRATIVELY SET FEES

The Commission will be asked to approve the adoption of fee schedules for 2018

Staff: Erica Kleiner, Management Resources Division Administrator

Public Testimony

Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit C: COUGAR MANAGEMENT PLAN ADOPTION

The Commission will be asked to adopt the updates to the Oregon Cougar Management Plan and administrative rules.

Staff: Derek Broman; Carnivore-Furbearer Coordinator

Public Testimony

Rulemaking

 

Attachments: (pdf)

OTHER BUSINESS



EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Executive Session is held pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2)(f) and ORS 192.660(2)(h) which allow the Commission to meet in executive session to consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection and to consult with legal counsel with respect to litigation filed or likely to be filed against the Commission.


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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

November 2017 – No meeting scheduled

December 8, 2017 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2017

  • Restoration & Enhancement Project Approval and Board Member Appointment – Approval
  • 2018 Groundfish Fisheries Regulations and 2016 Nearshore Logbook Report - Rulemaking
  • Vessel Permit Fees – Rulemaking
  • ODOT Culvert Repair Agreement – Approval
  • Guide and Outfitters Registration Revocation – Rulemaking
  • Mentored Youth Hunter Program –Rulemaking
  • Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act – Rulemaking
  • Burns Paiute Tribe Ceremonial Harvest Permits for Deer and Elk – Rulemaking
  • Wolf Conservation and Management Plan - informational

January 19, 2018 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open November 15, 2017

  • Pink Shrimp Footrope LEDs and Fishery Management Plan Adoption – Rulemaking
  • Access & Habitat Project Funding – Approval
  • Wolf Conservation and Management Plan - Rulemaking

February 8, 2018 – Portland Expo Center

  • Reception at the Pacific Northwest Sportsman Show

February 9, 2018 – Portland

*Written public comment period will open December 15, 2017

  • Criminal History Background Check – Rulemaking
  • Access and Habitat Project Approval and Board Appointments- Approval

March 16, 2018 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open January 15, 2018

April 20, 2018 – Astoria

*Written public comment period will open February 15, 2018

May 2018 – No Meeting Scheduled

June 8, 2018 – TBD

*Written public comment period will open April 15, 2018

July 2018 – No Meeting Scheduled

August 3, 2018 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2018

September 14, 2018 – TBD

*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2018

October 12, 2018 – TBD

*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2018

November 2018 – No Meeting Scheduled

December 7, 2018 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2018



PLEASE NOTE

AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. October 13, 2017, 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 at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/Comm/schedule.htm .

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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