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COMMISSION AGENDA: Friday January 17, 2020


Friday January 17, 2020 - 8:00 AM
Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife
Commission Room
4034 Fairview Industrial DR SE
Salem, OR 97302

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Friday January 17, 2020

Field Reports – in written form only

Expenditure Report

Erica Kleiner, Deputy Director of Administration

Big Game Hunt Review

Nick Myatt, Big Game Hunting Review Project Lead

Electronic Licensing System – 2019 Launch Results

2021-2023 Budget Development Update and External Budget Advisory Committee

Volunteer Event Management System

April Brenden-Locke, Project Manager

Attachments: (pdf)




Curt Melcher, Director

1.) 635-004-0355

Commercial Nearshore Fishery In-season Cabezon Daily Limit Implementation for Period 6

Adopted December 10, 2019: effective December 13, through December 31, 2019.

This rule implements an in-season Cabezon daily limit for the State Commercial Nearshore fishery for Period 6. Cabezon landings will be limited to 30 pounds per day for nearshore-endorsed Black and Blue Rockfish permitted vessels.

2.) 635-014-0090

North Coast Chinook Salmon Bag Limit Closures

Adopted December 11, 2019: effective December 13, through December 31, 2019.

District staff have observed increased incidences of Chinook salmon mortalities attributed to cryptobia, a parasite which is more easily spread under low water conditions when fish are concentrated. This rule modifies the fall salmon angling seasons to close all salmon fisheries in the north coast (Nestucca to Necanicum) for the period of December 13 through December 31, 2019. Includes all areas of the Nestucca River and Bay, Tillamook Bay and tributaries (Tillamook River, Trask River, Wilson River, Kilchis River, and Miami River), Nehalem River and Bay, NF Nehalem River, and Necanicum River.

3.) 635-005-0465

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opening

Adopted December 20, 2019: effective December 20, 2019 through February 15, 2020.

This amended rule sets the opening date of the 2019-2020 commercial ocean and Columbia River Dungeness crab fishing season for December 31, 2019 in accordance with the Tri-State Memorandum-Of-Understanding and Preseason Testing Protocol.

4.) 635-019-0090, 635-023-0134

Reduce Steelhead Bag Limits on Snake River and Tributaries

Adopted December 13, 2019: effective January 1, 2020 through April 30, 2020.

This rule reduces the daily bag limit for steelhead from three, to one (1) hatchery fish per day in the Snake River and tributaries through April 30, 2020 due to poor returns. Reducing bag limits ensures escapement of hatchery steelhead meets broodstock needs and reduces impacts on wild steelhead.
These regulations also maintain concurrence with states of Idaho and Washington on the Snake and Grande Ronde Rivers, respectively.

5.) 635-023-0090

Salmon and Steelhead Angling Restrictions in Effect on the Columbia River Mainstem

Adopted December 20, 2019: effective January 1, 2020 through March 31, 2020.

Angling for and retention of salmon and steelhead is prohibited effective January 1 through March 31, 2020 in the mainstem Columbia River upstream of McNary Dam.

6.) 635-004-0275

Federal Actions and Management Measures Implemented for Commercial Groundfish Fisheries.

Adopted January 6, 2020: effective January 6, 2020 through July 3, 2020.

This amended rule adopts in-season actions previously adopted by the federal government for 2019-2020 Pacific Coast commercial groundfish fisheries, including but not limited to decreased trip limits for sablefish and increased trip limits for lingcod in the Limited Entry Fixed Gear and Open Access fisheries, increased trip limits for Minor Slope Rockfish and darkblotched rockfish in the Limited Entry Fixed Gear fishery, and increased trip limits for big skate in the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota Program fishery.

7.) 635-016-0090

Modifications to the Umpqua in the Southwest Zone

Adopted January 15, 2020: effective February 1 through June 30, 2020.

This rule will allow for retention of hatchery Chinook salmon fishery on the Umpqua River (Mainstem) from February 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020. Retention of all wild Chinook salmon is prohibited during this fishery.


The Commission will be asked to approve draft Commission meeting minutes from December 6, 2019.

Attachments: (pdf)


The Commission will be asked to approve the Fish Screening Payment in Lieu Pilot Program, where qualifying applicants located in the SE Fish District would have the option of paying a fee to the fish screening sub-account, in lieu of installing a fish screen.

Staff: Ken Loffink, Statewide Fish Screening Program Coordinator
Public Testimony

Attachments: (pdf)

The Commission will be asked to approve rule amendments to update existing food fish species market values that are used to access damages resulting from commercial fishing violations.
Staff: Allen Molina, Senior Economist
Public Testimony

Attachments: (pdf)


The Commission will be provided a briefing on the draft Climate and Ocean Change Policy as well as a summary of the public comments received to date.

Staff: Davia Palmeri, Conservation Policy Coordinator
Shaun Clements, Senior Policy Analyst
Public Testimony

Attachments: (pdf)


The Commission will be asked to consider a petition that will temporarily change angling regulations to prohibit the harvest of winter steelhead in the southwest angling regulation zone of Oregon.

Staff: Chris Lorion, Native Fish Conservation Coordinator
Public Testimony

Attachments: (pdf)


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 before 8:00 AM January 15, 2020 (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.

Fern Ridge Wildlife Area Hunting

Dan Lay

Attachments: (pdf)


The Executive Session is held pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2)(f) and ORS 192.660(2)(h) which allow the Commission to meet in executive session to consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection and to consult with legal counsel with respect to litigation filed or likely to be filed against the Commission.

  • 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.

February 6, 2020 – Portland (Dist. 1)

Sportsman Show Reception

February 7, 2020 – Portland (Dist. 3)

*Written public comment period will open December 15, 2019

 2019/2020 Lower Columbia River White Sturgeon Population and Fisheries Update- Informational

  • Falconry Licenses - Rulemaking

Executive Session for Director’s Annual Performance Review

March 20, 2020 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open January 15, 2020

  • A&H Project Funding- Approval

PFMC Informational Briefing – Informational

R&E Project Approval – Approval

  • Climate/Ocean Change Policy – Rulemaking
  • Commercial Fisheries Permit Board nominations – Approval
  • Non-Native Gamefish Management Policy- Rulemaking

April 17, 2020 – TBD

*Written public comment period will open February 15, 2020

2020-2021 Oregon Game Bird Regulations- Rulemaking

PFMC Salmon Regulation Setting and Coastal Chinook Terminal Fisheries –Rulemaking

Pacific Halibut Fisheries – Rulemaking

Commercial Dungeness crab (TENTATIVE) - Rulemaking

 May 8, 2020 – HOLD for possible meeting

 June 12, 2020– Burns (Dist. 2)

*Written public comment period will open April 15, 2020

A&H Project Funding – Approval

2020 Auction Raffle Allocations – Approval

Furbearer Regulations for 2020-2021- Rulemaking

Commercial Coastal Pelagic Fisheries – Rulemaking  

Coastal Wild Coho River Fisheries – Rulemaking

2021-2023 Budget- Approval

July 10, 2020 – No meeting scheduled

August 7, 2020 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2020

  • R&E Project Approval, and STEP Annual Report – Informational and Approval
  • Sport Fish Regulations – Rulemaking
  • Pride Award Recognition

September 11, 2020 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2020

  • A&H Project Funding – Approval
  • Big Game Regulations; 2021 Tags and Season Dates – Rulemaking

October 9, 2020 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2020

November 13, 2020 – No meeting scheduled

December 11, 2020 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2020

  • A&H Project Funding – Approval
  • Ground fisheries and Nearshore Logbook Report – Rulemaking

R&E Project Approval- Approval



The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. January 17, 2020, 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 .

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.


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.


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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