January 27, 2012
SALEM, Ore. -- The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider proposed rules for the 2012 Columbia River white sturgeon season when it meets in Astoria on Feb. 3, 2012.
The meeting will begin at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 204 W Marine Drive, Astoria, Ore. 97103.
The 2012 recreational white sturgeon season for the Columbia River was decided on Jan. 26 at the Columbia River Compact, a joint meeting of Oregon and Washington fishery managers. ODFW staff will ask the Commission to affirm these seasons by adopting the administrative rules necessary to implement them.
The Commission will also be asked to approve administrative rules for new Habitat Conservation Stamp. This is in response to HB 2127 passed by the 2011 Legislative session which allows ODFW to develop a program that will fund habitat conservation projects in accordance with the Oregon Conservation Strategy.
Finally, the Commission will be asked to adopt the schedule of damages used in assessing commercial fishing violations during 2012. Each year, the Commission establishes the average market price per pound for each species of food fish based on the average prices during the previous year as reported by Oregon commercial fish dealers. These values are used to set damages in lawsuits associated with the unlawful taking of food fish.
Meeting materials are available on the ODFW website. Public testimony is 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.