ALSEA, Ore. — The Oregon Hatchery Research Center Advisory Committee will meet Nov. 2 from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the conference room of the OHRC, 2418 E. Fall Creek Road.
The agenda includes a tribute to Ben Stout, former OHRC Advisory Committee member and Ermie Walter, a well known resident of the Alsea Valley and legendary angler. Other topics include conferences on hatchery reform, a report on completed, active, and proposed research projects, and other business related to the operations of the OHRC.
The OHRC Advisory Committee advises Dr. David Noakes, the Senior Scientist, on activities and functions related to the operation and maintenance of the OHRC. The Committee consists of 15 members who represent the following interests: federal government, local government, conservation, sport fishing, commercial fishing, tribal, resource producers (agriculture, timber, and gravel), watershed councils, education, the public-at-large, and science-at-large.
The newest member of the OHRC Advisory committee is Doug Hunt. Hunt, who will represent the public-at-large committee position, is from Beaverton. He volunteers his time as the resources director for the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, and serves on the Columbia River Advisory Board as a recreational fisherman.
The OHRC is a cooperative research project between the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University. The OHRC’s mission is to develop an understanding of the mechanisms that may create differences between hatchery and wild fish and devise ways to reduce and manage the differences so that hatcheries can be used responsibly in the conservation and use of Oregon’s native fish.
The meeting is open to the public and there will be opportunity for public comment. Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials at all ODFW public meetings. Individuals needing these types of accommodations should call the OHRC at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.
For more information about the OHRC visit ODFW’s website www.dfw.state.or.us/OHRC/ or contact Ryan Couture, Facility Manager at 541-487-5510.