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COMMISSION AGENDA: Friday, January 18, 2019

Meeting:

Friday,January 18, 2019 – 8:00 AM Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, Commission Room
4034 Fairview Industrial DR. SE
Salem, Oregon 97302

Printable Agenda (pdf)

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Friday, January 18, 2019
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports – in written form only

Expenditure Report

Erica Kleiner, Management Resources Division Administrator

Big Game Hunting Review

Nick Myatt, Big Game Hunting Review Project Lead

Attachments: (pdf)

Big Game Hunting Review_Commission_1_18_19

PUBLIC FORUM

Note: This part of the agenda is for comments on topics not scheduled elsewhere on the agenda. Please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of the Director at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to be included in the public forum. If you bring written summaries or other materials to the meeting please provide the Commission Assistant with 20 copies prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to take action on items brought to their attention in this forum.

Resource and Market Analysis of Oregon’s Hagfish Fishery

Gway Kirchner; The Nature Conservancy, Project Director

The Elimination of all Commercial Crabbing in the Columbia River Estuary

Larry Dean Sene

New Licensing System Changes

Roy Bertolani

Columbia River

Jim Wells, Salmon for All

Adopt Temporary Rules

Curt Melcher, Director

 

Attachments: (pdf)

  1. 635-019-0090

Extend reduced steelhead bag limit in Snake River tributaries through April, 2019
Adopted December 19, 2018: effective January 1, through April 30, 2019.
This rule reduces the summer steelhead daily bag limit from three (3) to one (1), in response to very low observed returns of steelhead to the Oregon Snake River tributaries in 2019.

  1. 635-023-0134

Extend the reduced steelhead daily bag limit in the Snake River through April 30, 2019
Adopted December 19, 2018: effective January 1, through April 30, 2019.
Extend the amended rule to reduce daily bag limit of one summer steelhead (1) in the mainstem Snake River.  Run projections are exceptionally low, and likely insufficient to provide a harvestable surplus beyond brood stock needs.  This rule is needed to reduce angling pressure on wild steelhead stocks, protect production objectives for the Snake River steelhead program, and to ensure rules are consistent with the state of Idaho within an interstate waterway.

  1. 635-005-0465

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opening North of Cape Arago
Adopted December 31, 2018: effective December 31, through March 31, 2019.
This amended rule sets the opening date and related management measures for the 2018-2019 ocean commercial Dungeness crab fishery from Cape Arago (43º 17' 00" N. Lat.) northward to the Washington border (46º 15' 00" N. Lat.) on January 4, 2019. The commercial Dungeness crab fishery will remain closed from Cape Arago (43º 17' 00" N. Lat.) southward to the California border (42º 00' 00" N. Lat.).

  1. 635-043-0175

Amend Rules Related to Roadkill Salvage Permit
Adopted: January 1, 2019  Effective Dates: January 1, 2019 through June 29, 2019

This temporary rule is needed to correct only an inadvertent error with the numbering of a rule passed by the Commission on October 12, 2018 that implements SB 372 (2017) permitting the salvage of deer and elk that are accidentally killed as a result of a vehicle collision. The purpose of the salvage is for the human consumption of the meat from the carcasses. Failure to adopt this rule would result in serious prejudice to the public who wish to salvage deer and elk for human consumption of the meat from the carcasses starting on January 1, which was the starting date intended by the Oregon legislature and Commission.

  1. 635-065-0011

Mandatory Reporting Penalty
Adopted: January 3, 2019   Effective Dates:  January 3, 2019 through July 1, 2019

A temporary rule is needed to modify 635-065-0011 (1)(a) to extend the reporting deadline date for hunts ending between April 1 and December 31, 2018. Due to some components of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s new Electronic Licensing System (ELS) being unfamiliar to hunters, they are having difficulties trying to complete the Mandatory Reporting requirement. Extending the deadline to April 15, 2019 will provide customers more time to familiarize with the system and report.

  1. 635-023-0095

White Sturgeon Recreational Fisheries in The Dalles Pool Closed
Adopted January 4, 2019; effective January 7, through July 5, 2019.
This amended rule closes the white sturgeon fishery in The Dalles Pool (The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam) of the Columbia River. Catch projections indicate retention of white sturgeon after January 6, 2019 would exceed the allowable quota. Catch and release sturgeon fishing remains open in these waters.

  1. 635-043-0150

Ceremonial Harvest of Deer, Elk and Pronghorn by the Burns Paiute Tribe of Oregon
Adopted:  January 11, 2019  Effective Dates:  January 11, 2019 through July 9, 2019

A temporary rule is needed to modify 635-043-0150(3)(e) to correct the annual start date for the pronghorn season.  The Department presentation to the Commission and discussions with the Burns Paiute Tribe outlined a season start date of January 1st for all authorized species. There is an error in that date in the adopted and filed OARs. There is not adequate time to go through the normal rulemaking process before the correct season start date and failure to adopt this temporary rule would result in serious prejudice to the Burns Paiute Tribe’s authorization to harvest big game for ceremonial and cultural purposes.

EXHIBIT A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve draft December 7, 2018 Commission meeting minutes.

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT B: SCHEDULE OF DAMAGES

The Commission will be asked to adopt the schedule of damages used in assessing
commercial fishing violations during 2018.

Staff: Allen Molina; Natural Resource Economist

Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT C: ROGUE SPRING CHINOOK SALMON CONSERVATION PLAN COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT AND UPDATE

The Commission will be provided an informational briefing on the Comprehensive Assessment and Update for the Rogue Spring Chinook Salmon Conservation Plan.

Staff: Dan VanDyke, Upper Rogue District Fish Biologist

Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT D: PETITION TO MODIFY ANGLING REGULATIONS FOR ROGUE SPRING CHINOOK SALMON PETITION WITHDRAWN

 


EXHIBIT E: 2019 COLUMBIA RIVER COMMERCIAL FISHERY REGULATIONS
HOUSEKEEPING

The Commission will be asked to approve amendments to rules for commercial fisheries in the Columbia River and Select Areas.

Staff: John North, Fisheries Manager, Ocean Salmon, and Columbia River Programs

Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT F: COMMERCIAL FISHERY PERMIT BOARD APPOINTMENT CANCELLED




OTHER BUSINESS


ADJOURN
 
FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION TOPICS

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

February 7, 2019

  • Sportsman Show Reception

February 8, 2019 – Portland (Dist. 3)
*Written public comment period will open December 15, 2018

  • 2018/2019 Lower Columbia River White Sturgeon Population and Fisheries Update-
    Informational

March 15, 2019 – TBD
*Written public comment period will open January 15, 2019

  • A & H Project Funding- Approval
  • Big Game Hunting Review Process –Director’s Report
  • PFMC Informational Briefing – Informational
  • R&E Project Approval – Approval
  • Columbia River Fisheries Updates - Informational
  • Wolf Plan Revisions- Rulemaking

April 18, 2019 – (Dist. 1) Tour
April 19, 2019 – (Dist. 1)

*Written public comment period will open February 15, 2019

  • 2019-2020 Oregon Game Bird Regulations- Rulemaking
  • PFMC Regulation Setting –Rulemaking
  • Pacific Halibut Fisheries – Rulemaking
  • Coastal Chinook Terminal Fisheries – Rulemaking
  • Scoggins Valley Water Project - Action

May 2019 – No meeting scheduled

June 6, 2019 – (Dist. 4) Tour
June 7, 2019 – (Dist. 4)
*Written public comment period will open April 15, 2019

  • A & H Project Funding – Approval
  • Big Game Simplification Process – Informational
  • 2020 Auction Raffle Allocations – Approval
  • Commercial Coastal Pelagic Fisheries – Rulemaking
  • Coastal Wild Coho River Fisheries – Rulemaking

July 2019 – No meeting scheduled

August 2, 2019 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2019

  • Legislative Approved Budget Update - Directors Report
  • R & E Project Approval, Member Appointment and STEP Annual Report – Informational andApproval

September 13, 2019 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2019

  • A & H Project Funding – Approval
  • Big Game Regulations; 2020 Tags and Season Dates – Rulemaking
  • Sport Fish Regulations - Rulemaking

October 10, 2019 – (Dist. 2) Tour
October 11, 2019 – (Dist. 2)

*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2019

November 2019 – No meeting scheduled

December 6, 2019 – Salem
*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2019

  • A & H Project Funding – Approval
  • Groundfisheries and Nearshore Logbook Report – Rulemaking
  • R&E Project Approval- Approval

 



PLEASE NOTE

AGENDA
The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. January 18, 2019, 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 at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/Comm/schedule.htm.

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.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY
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.

PUBLIC FORUM
If you wish to give testimony on any item not scheduled elsewhere on the agenda, please contact the Director’s Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 503.947.6044, at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. The Commission Chair immediately following the Director’s report portion of the agenda will call you. Please provide twenty (20) sets of written summaries or other materials to the Commission Assistant prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to take action on items brought to their attention in this forum.

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
Parking is available to anyone who attends the Commission meeting.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION OF DISABILITIES
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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