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COMMISSION AGENDA: Wednesday November 9, 2016

Wednesday November 9, 2016 – 8:00 a.m.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Commission Room
4034 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E.
Salem, Oregon 97302

Printable Agenda (pdf)

Commission meeting on Periscope
View this Commission meeting on Periscope: Part 1 | Part 2
Wednesday November 9, 2016

Adopt Temporary Rules

Curt Melcher, Director

Attachments: (pdf)


The Commission will be provide an update on research, evaluation, and implementation of the Commission's Columbia River harvest reform policy and recommendations moving forward.

Staff: Ed Bowles, Fish Division Administrator
Chris Kern, Deputy Fish Division Administrator
Tucker Jones, Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program Manager
John North, Columbia River Fishery Manager
Public Testimony

Attachments: (pdf)


* Written public comments for future Commission Topics can be submitted in writing prior to the meeting date at or mailed to 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE Salem, OR 97302

December 2, 2016 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2016

  • Access & Habitat Projects – Approval
  • Restoration & Enhancement Projects - Approval
  • Columbia River Fisheries Reform – Rulemaking
  • Sensitive Species List Update – Informational
  • Threatened and Endangered Species List Revision: Fosket Speckled Dace and Borax Chub - Rulemaking
  • Regulations for 2017 Groundfish Fisheries and 2015 Nearshore Logbook Report - Rulemaking

January 20, 2017 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open November 15, 2016

  • Protected Wildlife Holding and Propagating – Rulemaking
  • Schedule of Damages for Commercial Fishing Violations – Rulemaking
  • Modifications to Zone 6 Treaty Indian fishery regulations to reflect new U.S. v Oregon agreements - Rulemaking

February 9, 2017 Portland Expo Center
Reception at the Pacific Northwest Sportsman Show

February 10, 2017 – Tigard  
*Written public comment period will open December 15, 2016

  • Access & Habitat Program Biennium Report – Informational
  • Lower Columbia River Sturgeon Population Status Update - Informational

March 17, 2017 – TBD
*Written public comment period will open January 15, 2017

  • Restoration & Enhancement Project Approval – Approval
  • 2016 Ocean Salmon Fisheries Informational Briefing – Informational
  • Access & Habitat Projects – Approval
  • DRAFT Wolf Plan - Informational

April 21, 2017 – TBD
*Written public comment period will open February 15, 2017

  • 2017-18 Game Bird Regulations – Rulemaking
  • 2017 Ocean Salmon Regulations for State Waters – Rulemaking
  • 2017 Sport Pacific Halibut and Commercial Pacific Regulations - Rulemaking

May 2017 – No meeting scheduled

June 9, 2017 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open April 15, 2017

  • Access & Habitat Auction and Raffle Tag Allocations – Approval
  • Access & Habitat Project Funding - Approval
  • Commercial Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fisheries – Rulemaking
  • Restoration & Enhancement Project Approvals - Approval

July 2017 – No meeting scheduled

August 4, 2017 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2017

  • Pride Awards Recognition
  • Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations – Rulemaking
  • Restoration & Enhancement Project Approvals, R&E Board Appointment, and STEP Annual Report – Approval
  • Coastal Coho Fisheries Regulations – Rulemaking
  • DRAFT Cougar Plan - Informational

September 15, 2017 – TBD
*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2017

  • Access & Habitat Project Funding - Approval
  • Big Game Regulations – Rulemaking

October 13, 2017 – TBD
*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2017

  • Cougar Management Plan Review – Rulemaking

November, 2017 – No meeting scheduled

December 8, 2017 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2017

  • Restoration & Enhancement Project Approval and R&E Board Appointment – Approval
  • Regulations for Groundfish Fisheries and Nearshore Logbook Report - Rulemaking
  • Access & Habitat Project Funding – Approval



The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. November 9, 2016, and proceed chronologically through the agenda. If you wish to receive written materials prepared for any of the agenda items, please contact the Director’s Office in Salem at 503.947.6044 to request a packet for those items which interest you or see the agency’s website.

A recess will be taken at 12:00 Noon, when the Commission will have lunch and may discuss matters of general interest. The public is welcome to attend, and an announcement will be made of the location of the lunch. Lunch will not be provided to the public.


If you wish to give testimony on any item scheduled on this agenda, please sign up on the sheets provided the day of the meeting. You will be called to testify by the Commission Chair. The Commission places great value on information received from the public, and wants to avoid arbitrary limits on the time or attention allocated to each witness. Therefore, persons desiring to testify or otherwise present information to the Commission are encouraged to:

  1. Provide written summaries of information to the Commission twenty (20 sets);
  2. Limit testimony to three (3) minutes, recognizing that substance, not length, determines the value of testimony or written information;
  3. Endorse rather than repeat testimony of other witnesses; and
  4. Groups or organizations wishing to testify should designate one spokesperson whenever possible.

Thank you for taking the time to present your views.

Materials delivered to the Director’s Office sufficiently in advance of the meeting can be copied and distributed to the Commission. If you bring written materials to the hearing, please provide twenty (20) copies. If you have questions regarding this Agenda, please contact the Director’s Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4034 Fairview Industrial Dr. SE, Salem, OR 97302, 503.947.6044.


Parking is available to anyone who attends the Commission meeting.


Reasonable accommodation, such as assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters, and materials in large print or audiotape, will be provided as needed. In order to ensure availability, please contact the Director’s Office at 503.947.6044 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to make your request. TTY users can reach ODFW by using the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service. Please dial 711 and ask to be connected to 503-947-6044.


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