|Cheryl Tamplen, a systems analyst with ODFW, picks a winner during last week's harvest tag drawing at ODFW headquarters in Salem
SALEM, Ore.—State fishery officials today announced the winners for the annual fish harvest card drawing, including three grand prize winners of an Alumaweld Drift Boat and Trailer package.
Winners were randomly selected from an estimated 35,000 anglers that returned their cards. All anglers who returned their 2006 salmon/steelhead, sturgeon or halibut harvest cards to ODFW Salem Headquarters by June 1 were entered into the drawing.
The returned harvest cards help fishery managers create a more accurate annual harvest report. Also, review of returned cards help establish regulations that address under- or over-harvest of certain fish stocks. The 2006 harvest reports for salmon, steelhead, sturgeon and halibut will be posted next month at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/.
“A big thanks to those anglers who returned their harvest cards,” said John Leppink, Marking and Tagging Data Base Coordinator for the department. “Turning in the harvest card helps puts money back into the resource that otherwise might go towards phone surveys or questionnaires.”
Partners in the Harvest Card Program include Alumaweld and the Association of Northwest Steelheaders who donate many of the prizes.
Department fishery officials also credited license agents across the state for encouraging tag purchasers to return their harvest cards. “Without the persistence of license agents, the return of harvest cards would certainly be lower. We greatly appreciate their help,” said Leppink.
Other prizes awarded included: two Northwest Steelheaders framed prints; two Lamiglas fishing rods; three full-day fishing trips with a member of Northwest Steelheaders; five one-year memberships to the Association of Northwest Steelheaders; and five Northwest Steelheaders hats.
Here is the list of prize winners
Grand Prize: Alumaweld Guide Classic Drift Boat Package.
First Prize: Northwest Steelheaders Framed Print
St. Helens, OR
Second Prize: Lamniglas Fishing Rod
Third Prize: Full Day Fishing Trip With a Member of Northwest Steelheaders
Lincoln City, OR
Fourth Prize: One-Year Membership to the Association of Northwest Steelheaders
West Linn, OR
Coos Bay, OR
Fifth Prize: Northwest Steelheaders Hat
The Dalles, OR
For more information about the harvest card drawing call your local ODFW office or ODFW Headquarters at 503 947-6200.