April 2, 2013
SALEM, Ore.—The April 26 Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting is being rescheduled to May 10 to allow additional time for public review of the fiscal impact statement for Columbia River fish management and reform rules.
The fiscal impact statement was updated mid-March for the new management framework for non-tribal Columbia River fisheries that the Commission approved in December 2012. These rules include a higher priority for the sport fishery in the Columbia River mainstem, a gradual shift of non-tribal commercial gillnets to enhanced off-channel areas and development of new commercial selective gears for the mainstem. Implementation of these new rules is currently stayed by the Oregon Court of Appeals. The Commission will consider comments provided during this additional time period.
The fiscal impact statement and the full May 10 meeting agenda will be available on the ODFW website about 10 days before the meeting.