SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, March 20 at ODFW Headquarters, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE, Salem. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and proceeds through this agenda.
The Commission will be briefed on options for sport and commercial ocean salmon seasons. Forecasters predict a large run of coho salmon this year, and the options available are all a substantial improvement in fishing opportunities over last year.
The final decision on ocean salmon seasons will be made at an April 4-9 San Francisco meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council, which is responsible for setting fishing seasons off the coasts of Oregon, Washington and California.
Other Commission business includes considering funding for several Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) and Access and Habitat (A&H) Program project requests. The R&E board will ask the Commission to review and approve 11 projects totaling $131,042 to improve or enhance fishing opportunities. The A&H Board is requesting a total of $95,238 to fund eight projects that improve wildlife habitat and/or provide the public with hunting access to private land.
The Commission will also decide whether to approve a waiver requested by the Oregon Department of Transportation for fish passage at Tuttle Creek on U.S. Hwy 101. The waiver ODOT submitted proposes replacing a culvert on Joe Hall Creek to mitigate for the loss of passage on Tuttle Creek. Currently, the Highway 101 culvert at Tuttle Creek is a barrier to the upstream passage of native migratory fish.
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.