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Fish and Wildlife Commission adopts rules to protect against invasive species
 
January 8, 2010

 

SALEM, Ore. – The Fish and Wildlife Commission today adopted rules in line with three invasive species bills created by the 2009 Oregon State Legislature.

Rules related to HB 2221, which prohibits the sale of feral swine hunts and requires land managers to report and remove feral swine from their property, are designed to protect crops and native habitats and wildlife. Under the new rules, land managers must notify ODFW within 10 days of discovering feral swine on their property; within 60 days a removal plan must be approved by ODFW and a timeline for removal agreed to.

Rules related to the aquatic invasive species bills (HB 2220 and HB 2583) will require any boat owner/operator found to have aquatic invasive species on their boat to provide ODFW with information on the boat’s whereabouts for the previous six months.

The Commission appointed two new members to the Fish Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Program Board. Bob Bumstead, a  professor and avid angler from Eugene, will represent the sport fishing community on the Board and Bill Lovelace, a retired real estate broker form Baker City, will represent the public at-large. The Commission also approved a total of $432,982 to fund 14 fish restoration and enhancement projects recommended by the R&E Board.

The Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program is funded by a surcharge on sport and commercial fishing licenses and commercial poundage fees. The program’s seven-member citizen board reviews fish restoration and enhancement project proposals and makes funding recommendations to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The Commission denied a citizen-initiated petition that would have allowed the harvest of anchovies from Yaquina Bay under a limited permit system.

The Commission reappointed Robert Jaeger, a landowner from Condon, Ore., to the Landowner Representative position on the statewide Access and Habitat board.

The Commission adopted rules that will allow landowners issued a permit by the Department to use dogs to harass migratory birds (ducks, geese) causing damage to their property. While landowners do not need a permit to harass migratory birds, they may not use dogs to do so from April through July each year because game birds are nesting at this time. The permit will not apply to threatened or endangered migratory birds.

Finally, the Commission approved the establishment of the average market values of food fishes for the year. These market values are used when filing lawsuits for damages associated with the unlawful taking of food fish, and are updated by the Commission each January.

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022 or Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023
Fax: (503) 947-6009

 
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