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Commission meets Thursday, Sept. 1 in Seaside

August 26, 2011

SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Thursday, Sept. 1 at the Best Western Ocean View Resort in Seaside, 414 N. Prom, Lewis and Clark Room. The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and proceeds through this agenda.

The Commission will be briefed on efforts to phase out the use of sodium sulfites in egg cures. A peer-reviewed study by ODFW and Oregon State University found that some commercially available egg cures killed juvenile Chinook and steelhead when the fish consumed the eggs. The problem was linked to sodium sulfite, an ingredient that is used to inhibit mold growth. Last year, the Commission indicated support for a phased, non-regulatory approach to address the problem.

ODFW staff worked with the egg cure industry to develop a solution. After Oct. 1, 2011, all new production of cured eggs and eggs cured with commercially available cures should not have more than 12 grams of sodium sulfite per kilogram of cured eggs, a risk level considered acceptable by fishery managers. (When ODFW tested cured eggs, it found levels of 15 to 50 grams of sodium sulfite per kg of eggs.) Anglers that make their own homemade cures should consider using borax instead of sodium sulfite.

The Commission will be asked to rescind its approval of the Rocky Mountain Goat Columbia River Gorge Reintroduction Plan. The plan involved reintroducing goats onto national forestland and was challenged in federal court. Part of the settlement involves the Commission rescinding the plan.

New administrative rules for refunding and exchanging license fees are also under consideration. The proposed rules provide greater flexibility for exchanging licenses and cut the administrative costs of refunds by only issuing refund checks when the amount is $5 or more. Lesser amounts will be refunded upon a customer’s request.

The Commission will be asked to approve $65,000 in Restoration and Enhancement program funds to purchase rotenone to treat South Twin Lake and remove illegally introduced bullhead catfish. It will also hear the annual progress report from the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) program.

The Commission will be briefed on Territorial Sea Plan marine spatial planning efforts. An effort to map marine resources is underway to ensure that important fishing grounds and ecological resources are protected, should future licensing of renewable energy projects occur. 

The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife issues in the state. The seven-member panel generally meets monthly.

People 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 / (503) 931-2748
Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us
Fax: (503) 947-6009

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