SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet on April 16-17 in Corvallis to adopt 2009 fishing regulations for several marine fisheries and management plans for three state wildlife areas.
Thursday includes a tour of the Haggerty Wetland Project, Thompson’s Mills and the Oregon Hatchery Research Center. The public is invited to join Commission members on the tour, but must use their own transportation. To join the tour, meet at 7:45 a.m. at the Salbasgeon Suites and Conference Center, 1730 NW 9th St. in Corvallis.
Friday’s meeting begins at 8 a.m. in the McKenzie Center at the Salbasgeon Suites and will proceed through this agenda.
The Commission will consider adopting 2009 groundfish regulations that include an increase in the recreational daily bag limit for marine fish from six to seven fish. The increased bag limit is based on a favorable stock assessment for black rockfish, the dominant species in the nearshore groundfish fishery that also includes greenling, cabezon and other species. The Commission will also consider changes to cumulative trip limits for the commercial nearshore fishery and state landing caps for recreational and commercial nearshore fisheries.
In other business, the Commission will consider adopting federal guidelines for commercial sardine fishing and amending state administrative rules governing the industry. In light of declining sardine populations in recent years, the Commission will be asked to adopt new rules that would suspend the minimum landing requirements and the owner/operator requirement when the federal harvest guideline falls below 100,000 metric tons. This would give permit holders more business flexibility and make it easier to retain a permit when sardine populations are low.
The Commission is expected to adopt long-term management plans for three state wildlife areas: Lower Deschutes (Wasco and Sherman counties), Riverside (near Juntura) and Bridge Creek (near Ukiah). Oregon’s state wildlife areas provide habitat for fish and wildlife and outdoor recreational opportunities for the public.
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.
Public testimony will be held Friday morning immediately following the expenditure report. 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.