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Restoration and Enhancement

Your Fishing License Fees at Work for You

Salmon
R&E funding comes from anglers and directly supports many important fisheries.  RE has helped build the STEP facilities in Coos Bay and provides the feed for the fish that are raised and released from the volunteer run STEP hatcheries.  R&E has also provided waders and equipment so the school children and members of the public can both learn about salmon and help grow them.
High Lakes stocking
R&E funds were used to purchase the device that is use to stock high mountain lakes by helicopter.  These unique hike in fishing opportunities are made possible by your license dollars.

How does R&E Benefit Freshwater Anglers?

The Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Program is a direct way for anglers to benefit from the fisheries they participate in as angler license fees are the main driver of the program. It supports many research and monitoring projects that inform management decisions and are indirectly related to maintaining and increasing fishing opportunities. Some of these studies also inform the development and implemen­tation of recovery plans for fish listed as threatened or en­dangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

Examples of projects with direct angler benefits funded by R&E include:

  • New and improved fishing docks
  • Piers and boat launches
  • Angler education and family fishing events
  • High lakes fishery restoration and angler recruitment and retention programs.
  • Habitat and passage restoration projects.

How does R&E Benefit Saltwater Fisheries?

The R&E program is not just for freshwater fish, it also benefits marine species that provide valuable sport fish­ing opportunities. Recently R&E provided funding for a Black Rockfish PIT Tagging Project.  The data collected in this ongo­ing project allows fisheries scientists to better estimate and track black rockfish populations along the central coast of Oregon, where the popularity of this fishery has greatly increased over the last two decades.

Commercial salmon fishing revenue is often allocated to hatchery maintenance and habitat restoration projects. Many important ODFW hatchery maintenance projects that ensure continued operations would not be completed without R&E commercial funding support.
Examples of commercial salmon restoration include:

  • Pipeline replacements
  • Water system valve replacements
  • Pump motor replacements,
  • Replacement of worn-down fish holding pens that are important for hatchery broodstock collection efforts.

How does R&E Impact Local Economies?

R&E projects create economic stimulus in rural and urban communities throughout Oregon. Many local businesses not only supply materials to local projects funded by R&E, but also receive economic income from the anglers participating in fisheries that benefit from R&E projects.

Does R&E Partner with Other Fishing Groups?

Developing and maintaining partnerships is a major focus of the R&E program. Through matching funds from organizations such as the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, Oregon Wildlife, and watershed councils, many proposals that provide positive benefits to Oregon anglers become a reality.

Creative R&E partnerships allow ODFW to implement projects that otherwise would not be done due to lack of funding or staff­ing. R&E partnerships provide the public with the opportunity to participate in hands-on activities and get a better under­standing of resources and recreational fishery management challenges.

Partnerships also help to build trust and support between the public and ODFW and foster communication. Through collaborating on small local projects with angling organizations and other non-profit groups, the R&E program helps build public advocacy for fishery resources in Oregon communities that is reflected in local and statewide political support for the program and ODFW.

R&E project cooperators provided $8,973,421 in matching funds and in-kind contribu­tions for 2011-2013 approved projects. This means that for every R&E dollar spent, nearly $2 in time, donated materials and money will be contributed toward the completion of approved projects.

R&E funding provides additional direct angler benefits by supporting hatchery maintenance projects for the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP). The ODFW Salmon and Trout Advisory Committee (STAC) “mini-grant” program, which supports many small projects undertaken by STEP groups and educators, is also funded by R&E.

When was R&E Established?

The grant program was stablished when the Oregon Fisheries Restoration and Enhancement Act of 1989 was signed into law, R&E has provided over $46 million to fishery projects throughout Oregon.The program was reauthorized by the Legislature in 2009, extending its benefits to Oregon citizens and state fish resources through December 2019.

R&E Legislative reports

These 20+ page reports highlight the program and projects that have been funded during each biennium. They are a good source of information to find out what fisheries have been improved.

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