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COMMISSION AGENDA: January 13, 2023

Meeting:
Friday, January 13, 2023 - 8:00 AM
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife  
4034 Fairview Industrial DR SE
Salem, OR 97302

Printable Agenda (pdf)

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View photos from this meeting.Photos by Bob Swingle, ODFW.

2023

Friday, January 13, 2023

The Fish and Wildlife Commission has moved to hybrid meetings, meaning that you have the option to attend in-person or virtually. Those who would like to provide testimony virtually must REGISTER in advance to receive a testimony link to the meeting. In-person registration will be available at the meeting.

This meeting will be live streamed to YouTube and can be viewed at
https://www.youtube.com/user/IEODFW/videos

DIRECTOR’S REPORT
EXPENDITURE REPORT


Shannon Hurn, Deputy Director for Administration


Attachments: (pdf)

ADAPTING TO CLIMATE AND OCEAN CHANGE REPORT

Off-shore Wind Energy Development

Dr. Caren Braby, Marine Resources Program Manager

Attachments: (pdf)

FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE FUNDING UPDATE


Dr. Debbie Colbert, Deputy Director of Fish and Wildlife Programs
Andrea Hanson, Conservation Policy Coordinator
Jeff Yanke, Grande Ronde Watershed District Manager
Sara Evans-Peters, Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture


Attachments: (pdf)

ADOPT TEMPORARY RULES


Curt Melcher, Director

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1) 635-023-0095

Reduce Retention of Sturgeon in Bonneville and The Dalles Pools and Tributaries
Adopted 12/20/2022: effective 1/1/2023 through 4/22/2023.
This amended rule reduces the retention season for white sturgeon on the mainstem Columbia River in the Bonneville (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam) and The Dalles (The Dalles Dam upstream to the John Day Dam) pools and all adjacent tributaries. Retention will be allowed on January 1 then Monday, Wednesday, and Saturdays from January 2 through  March 22 in the Bonneville Pool and January 2 through March 4 in The Dalles Pool.

2) 635-019-0090

Close Recreational Steelhead Fishing in the John Day River
Adopted 12/21/2022: effective 1/1/2023 through 6/26/2023.
This amended rule extends steelhead protections in the John Day River and tributaries by closing all fishing for steelhead from January 1 through April 30.

3) 635-023-0125

Angling Closures to Protect Steelhead in the Columbia River Above Bonneville
Adopted 12/21/2022: effective 1/1/2023 through 3/31/2023.
These amended rules increase protections for wild summer steelhead in the Columbia River Basin by prohibiting retention of steelhead in the Columbia River upstream of Bonneville Dam.

4) 635-016-0090

Set bag limit for wild spring Chinook on the Mainstem and North Umpqua River
Adopted 12/27/2022: effective 2/1/2023 through 6/30/2023.
This amended rule sets the number of wild spring Chinook allowed for harvest on the Mainstem Umpqua River and North Umpqua River while allowing for retention of hatchery Chinook salmon from February 1 through June 30.

5) 635-019-0090

Close Recreational Steelhead Fishing in the Walla Walla River
Adopted 12/29/2022: effective 1/1/2023 through 6/26/2023.
This amended rule closes angling for steelhead in the Walla Walla River January 1 through April 30.

6) 635-023-0125

Angling Closure to Protect Steelhead in the Columbia River Above The Dalles Dam
Adopted 1/5/2023: effective 1/6/2023 through 3/31/2023.
These amended rules increase protections for wild summer steelhead in the Columbia River Basin by prohibiting angling for and retention of steelhead in the Columbia River upstream of The Dalles Dam.

7) 635-005-0465

Commercial Dungeness Crab Season Opening
Adopted 1/6/2023: effective 1/6/2023 through 3/31/2023.
This amended rule sets the opening dates by area for the Oregon 2022-2023 ocean commercial Dungeness crab fishery.

8) 635-023-0095

Close Retention of Sturgeon in Bonneville Pool and Adjacent Tributaries
Adopted 1/11/2023: effective 1/12/2023 through 3/22/2023.
This amended rule closes the retention season for white sturgeon on the mainstem Columbia River in the Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam) and all adjacent tributaries.



COMMISSION UPDATES

 

Attachments: (pdf)



OTHER BUSINESS

 

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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 before 8:00 AM, Wednesday, January 11, 2023 (at least 48 hours prior to the meeting to be included in the public forum).

Devils Lake Grass Carp

Larry Brown

John Day Steelhead closure economic impact and propose regulation change

Mia Sheppard

Wild Steelhead Conservation in Oregon

David Moskowitz, the Conservation Angler

Final Steelhead numbers over Winchester Dam

Becky Rea

Recently adopted Fish Passage Rules

Miles Johnson

Status of North Umpqua wild summer steelhead

Jeff Dose

Rules regarding Dungeness Crab opener

Eric Brickenstein, Oregon Crab Fishers



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EXHIBIT A: COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve draft Commission meeting minutes from December 16, 2022.

Attachments (pdf)

EXHIBIT B: TRIBAL CONSULTATION ON NORTH UMPQUA HATCHERY SUMMER STEELHEAD

The Commission will meet with interested federally recognized Tribes to hear additional information from the Tribes regarding the Commission decision to terminate the hatchery program.

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

 Kelly Dirksen, Fish and Wildlife Program Manager
David Fullerton, General Manager
Colby Drake, Natural Resources Manager

Coquille Indian Tribe

John Ogan, Assistant Executive Director for Natural Resources

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians

Colin Beck, Director of Forest Management
Ashley Russell, Assistant Director for Natural Resources

Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians

Kelly Coats, Natural Resources Director
Anthony Broadman, Tribal Legal Counsel

No Public Testimony
Consultation


Attachments (pdf)

EXHIBIT C: 2023 SCHEDULE OF DAMAGES FOR COMMERCIAL FISHING VIOLATIONS

The Commission will be asked to establish average market values of food fish for determining damages related to commercial fishing violations.

Staff: Ken Loffink, Administrative Services Division Administrator
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Rulemaking


Attachments (pdf)

EXHIBIT D: ROCKY MOUNTAIN GOAT FIRE-IMPACTED HUNTS

The Commission will be asked to extend hunting opportunity to the 2023 season for tag holders that were not able to hunt in five 2022 Rocky Mountain goat hunts due to impacts from wildfire.

Staff: Brian Wolfer, Deputy Administrator, Wildlife Division
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.  
Rulemaking.

Attachments (pdf)

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Executive Session is held pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2)(e) and (2)(f), which allows the Commission to meet in executive session to conduct deliberations with persons designated by the governing body to negotiate real property transactions and to consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection, such as real estate appraisal information.  The Commission will also meet in Executive Session for consultation with legal counsel concerning current litigation or litigation likely to be filed pursuant to ORS 192.660(2)(h).

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@odfw.oregon.gov or mailed to 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE Salem, OR 97302.  

February 17, 2023 – Portland

*Written public comment period will open December 15, 2022

  • Grass Carp Placement in Devil's Lake and Authorizing Special District to Request Exceptions- Rulemaking
March 17, 2023- Salem

*Written public comment period will open January 15, 2023

  • Access and Habitat Project Funding- Approval
  • Squid Fishery Lightboat Prohibition -Rulemaking
  • Fish Division OAR/Rule structure revision- Rulemaking 

April 21, 2023 – TBD

*Written public comment period will open February 15, 2023

  • Oregon Game Bird Regulations – Rulemaking
  • Pacific Halibut Fisheries- Rulemaking
  • Ocean Salmon Fishery- Rulemaking
  • Commercial Bay Clam Fishery Annual Catch Limit – Rulemaking
  • Fish Screening Task Force Appointment- Appointment
  • Marbled Murrelet Endangered Species Management Plans -Approval

May 12, 2023 - HOLD No Meeting Scheduled

*Written public comment period will open March 15, 2023

June 16, 2023 - Newport

*Written public comment period will open April 15, 2023

  • Access and Habitat Project Funding- Approval
  • Auction/Raffle Tag Allocation- Approval
  • Restoration and Enhancement Program Project Funding – Approval
  • Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fisheries Regulations -Rulemaking
  • Crab Fisheries Regulations- Rulemaking  
  • Conservation and Recreation Fund Project Funding- Approval  

July 14, 2023 – HOLD No Meeting Scheduled

*Written public comment period will open May 15, 2023

August 4, 2023 - Salem

*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2023

  • Recreational Angling Regulations- Rulemaking

September 15, 2023 - Bend

*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2023

  • Access and Habitat Project Funding- Approval
  • Big Game Regulations; Tag Setting, Seasons, and Regulations- Rulemaking

October 13, 2023 – Klamath Falls

*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2023

November 17, 2023 – HOLD No Meeting Scheduled

*Written public comment period will open September 15, 2023

December 15, 2023 - McMinville

*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2023

  • Access and Habitat Project Funding- Approval
  • Restoration and Enhancement Project Funding- Approval
  • Groundfish Fisheries Regulations -Rulemaking
  • Conservation and Recreation Fund Project Funding- Approval

PLEASE NOTE

HOW TO REGISTER TO SPEAK AT THE COMMISSION MEETING

Public Comment and Public Hearing Testimony: Regular Commission meetings allow for in-person, virtual, or written public comment. When registering to testify please provide first and last name, topic, a valid email address, and phone number.

Comment and testimony are limited to three minutes. All parties interested in providing public comment or testifying as part of a public hearing shall participate using one of the following methods:

  • In-Person Comment: Parties interested in providing in-person verbal public comment shall fill out a "Witness Registration" form available at the meeting.
  • Video or Audio Conference Call: If you wish to give virtual testimony on Exhibits scheduled on the Friday, January 13 agenda, YOU MUST REGISTER (REGISTER) BEFORE 8:00 AM WEDNESDAY January 11, 2023; a minimum of 48 hour prior to the meeting. Staff will collect contact your information and provide information on how to access the meeting to provide comment.
  • Written Comment: Send to ODFW.Commission@odfw.oregon.gov or 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, Oregon, 97302. Materials delivered to the Director's Office sufficiently in advance of the meeting will be distributed to the Commission prior of the meeting day; any correspondence or materials received less than 72 hours prior to the meeting will be provided to the Commissioners the day of the meeting.

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, or ODFW.Commission@odfw.oregon.govYOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE 8:00AM WEDNESDAY January 11, 2023; a minimum of 48 hour prior to the meeting. Please provide written summaries or other materials to the Commission Assistant prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to act on items brought to their attention in this forum.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO PRESENT YOUR VIEWS

If you have questions regarding this agenda, please contact Michelle Tate, Director's Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, Oregon, 97302, or call 503- 947-6033.

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 connect to 503-947-6044.

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