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ODFW seeks candidates for Fish Passage Task Force
 
January 5, 2010

 

SALEM – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking two members to serve on the state’s Fish Passage Task Force. One member on this ODFW advisory body will represent water users and the other will represent fishing and conservation groups.

The ODFW Fish Passage Program administers the rules and statutes related to the passage of native migratory fish in Oregon’s rivers and streams. The Task Force advises the ODFW Director and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on matters related to program development and implementation, fish passage waivers and exemptions, funding, monitoring, reporting to joint legislative committee, and project prioritization. Task Force members are eligible to serve two-four year terms.

“The task force is instrumental in the implementation of Oregon’s Fish Passage Statutes,” said Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program Coordinator. “Their role in bringing myriad perspectives into the fish passage arena creates a program that is responsive to both fish passage and societal needs.”

The nine members of the Fish Passage Task Force are appointed by the ODFW Director. Task Force members represent water users, fisheries and conservation interests, and the general public. Landowners and operators must provide for passage of adult and juvenile native migratory fish whenever there is new construction, major replacement, a permit change or abandonment, as required by ORS 509.585. Providing fish safe and affective access to historic habitat is one of the best ways to conserve and restore Oregon’s native migratory fish populations.

Individuals interested in serving on the ODFW Fish Passage Task Force can request additional information or an application from Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program Coordinator, at (503) 947-6228. He also can be reached by e-mail at greg.d.apke@state.or.us. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 5, 2010.

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Contact:

Greg Apke (503) 947-6228
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

 
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