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New rules limit night-time access to ODFW hatcheries

 
September 10, 2010

 

SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission adopted permanent rules last month restricting public access to ODFW fish hatcheries, including the Cedar Creek Access adjacent to the Sandy Hatchery near Portland.

Under the new rules the public are not allowed access to ODFW hatcheries between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m.

According to John Thorpe, ODFW assistant fish propagation manager, the restrictions were prompted by increasing concerns about trespassing, poaching and safety, primarily at the Sandy Hatchery and Cedar Creek Access.

Each September, the hatchery and adjacent access area are crowded with anglers targeting coho salmon returning to the hatchery to spawn.

The action by the Commission now gives the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division troopers the authority they need to enforce public access restrictions and deal with other potential problems. The new rules apply at all ODFW hatcheries throughout the state.

In addition to restricting night-time access, the rules also prohibit open fires and camping unless specifically authorized by the hatchery manager, and require all dogs be on a leash while inside the main hatchery grounds.

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Contact:

John Thorpe (503) 947-6212
Jessica Sall (503) 947-6023

 
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