SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet May 11 in Eugene to consider changes to regulations regarding harvest of lamprey at Willamette Falls. The Commission will also receive an informational presentation on the Rogue Spring Chinook Conservation Plan.
The meeting starts at 8 a.m. at Lane Community College, 4000 E. 30th Ave., in building 19, room 104. The Commission meeting begins with the director’s report and then proceeds chronologically through the agenda, which is available at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/
Pacific Lamprey were listed as a sensitive species in Oregon in 1993 and are an important traditional food source for many native Americans. Lamprey can only be harvested with a permit issued by the Commission and staff is recommending elimination of the seasonal bag limit. The current seasonal bag limit has not reduced lamprey harvest but has posed a hardship for many tribal members.
The purpose of the Rogue Spring Chinook Conservation Plan is to ensure the continued viability of the Rogue Spring Chinook Salmon Species Management unit and to achieve a desired status that will provide significant ecological, economic and cultural benefits for all Oregonians. More information on the plan can be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/nfcp/rogue_river/.
The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. The seven-member panel meets monthly. Agenda item exhibits may be requested by calling the ODFW Director’s Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044. Agenda items also can be found on ODFW’s website at www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/.
Public testimony is invited. Sign-up sheets will be available in the hallway outside the meeting room the day of the meeting for persons who want to testify on scheduled agenda items. Persons seeking to testify on issues not on the formal agenda may do so by making arrangements with the ODFW Director’s Office, at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting, by calling 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the ODFW Director’s Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.