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Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Jan. 8 in Salem
 
December 31, 2009

 

SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, Jan. 8, 2010 at ODFW Headquarters, 3406 Cherry Ave NE, Salem to adopt rules to help protect native fish and wildlife and their habitats from feral swine and aquatic invasive species.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. PT and proceeds through this agenda

The 2009 Oregon State Legislature passed HB 2221, HB 2220 and HB 2583 to protect native fish and wildlife and their habitats from invasive species. The Commission will be asked to adopt rules in line with these bills. The first rules will prohibit the sale of feral swine hunts and require land managers to report and remove feral swine from their property. Feral swine are invasive to Oregon, destructive to wildlife habitat and can spread disease to or prey upon native wildlife and livestock.

The other rules will require any boat owner/operator found to have aquatic invasive species on their boat to provide ODFW with a detailed report on the boat’s whereabouts for the previous six months. The rules are part of a new prevention program managed by ODFW and the Oregon State Marine Board to keep destructive zebra and quagga mussels and other aquatic invasive species out of Oregon’s waterways.

The Commission will be asked to appoint a Landowner Representative to the statewide Access and Habitat Board.

The Commission will be asked to adopt rules that permit the use of a dog to harass migratory birds (ducks, geese, and other species) causing damage to property. Currently, dogs are not allowed to run at large in game bird nesting habitat from April through July. The permit will not apply to threatened or endangered migratory birds.

The Commission will consider two items related to the Fish Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Program. The Commission will be asked to appoint two new R&E Board members to the Public At-Large position and the sport fishing position. The Commission also will be asked to consider and approve $571,522 for projects recommended by the Board ranging from $44,187 forwhite sturgeon research to $15,263 for the Creeks and Kids Watershed Workshops.

The Commission will consider a citizen-initiated petition that asks for one permit to be issued to a licensed bait company allowing it to harvest anchovies from Yaquina Bay and sell them as live bait. Current regulations allow the harvest of anchovies from Tillamook, Yaquina, Winchester, and Coos Bays only if they are to be used by the catching vessel as live bait in commercial fishing operations. A number of baitfish species including anchovies may be harvested and sold as bait in the Umpqua estuary under current regulations.

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.

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022 or
Rick Hargrave (503) 947-6020

Fax: (503) 947-6009
 
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