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COMMISSION AGENDA: June 14, 2024

Tour:
Thursday, June 13, 2024 -8:00 AM

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Meeting:
Friday, June 14, 2024 - 8:00 AM
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35601 Choke Cherry Way,
Chiloquin, OR 97624

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2024

Friday, June 14, 2024

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 virtual testimony on an Exhibit scheduled on this agenda must REGISTER no less than 48 hours in advance to receive a testimony link to the meeting. To provide testimony on an agenda item in-person, registration will be available at the meeting.

To be added to January 12 agenda to provide testimony virtually or in-person during Public Forum you must
contact the Director’s office no less than 48 hours advance of the meeting for approval.

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


DIRECTOR’S REPORT
FIELD REPORTS – in written form only

Attachments: (pdf)

EXPENDITURE REPORT

Ken Loffink, Interim Deputy Director of Administration

ADAPTING TO CLIMATE AND OCEAN CHANGE REPORT
The importance of Oregon's high desert lakes and playas as bird migration hot spots

Emily VanWyk, Sensitive Species Conservation
Sarah Reif, Habitat Division Administrator

Attachments: (pdf)

ADAPTING TO CLIMATE AND OCEAN CHANGE REPORT


Attachments: (pdf)



ADOPT TEMPORARY RULES


Debbie Colbert, Director

Attachments: (pdf)

1. 635-023-0125
Reopen the recreational spring salmon fishery in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam
Adopted 5/16/2024: effective 5/17/2024 through 6/15/2024.
This amended rule will add days to the recreational salmon fishery in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam May 17-19, May 25-27, and June 12-15.

2. 635-042-0022, 635-042-0145, 635-042-0160, 635-042-0170, 635-042-0180
Adopt Non-Treaty Columbia River Commercial Mainstem Tangle Net Fishery
Adopted 5/16/2024: effective 5/20/2024 through 7/31/2024.
These amended rules authorize one commercial fishing period for hatchery salmon in commercial fishing zones 1-5 of the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam on May 20 and modify allowable sales for fish harvested in the Select Areas during the mainstem commercial fishery.

3. 635-019-0520
Open hatchery Chinook salmon angling in Lookingglass Creek
Adopted 5/17/2024: effective 5/24/2024 through 7/31/2024.
This amended rule allows recreational harvest of hatchery Chinook in Lookingglass Creek from May 24 through June 14.

4. 635-023-0125
Modify the recreational spring salmon fishery in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam
Adopted 5/23/2024: effective 5/24/2024 through 6/15/2024.
This amended rule will add one additional day (May 24) to the recreational salmon fishery in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam currently scheduled for May 25-27 and June 12-15.

5. 635-005-0490
Allow waivers to retrieve excess derelict crab gear
Adopted 5/24/2024: effective 5/25/2024 through 8/14/2024.
This amended rule will allow state contracted vessels to recover more derelict gear under a waiver issued by ODFW than the amount otherwise allowed by rule.

6. 635-023-0125
Modify the recreational spring Chinook salmon fishery in the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam
Adopted 5/30/2024: effective 6/1/2024 through 6/15/2024.
This amended rule will add 11 additional days (June 1-11) to previously-adopted dates (June 12-15) in the Columbia River recreational spring Chinook salmon fishery downstream of Bonneville Dam.

7. 635-023-0125
Modify recreational spring salmon and steelhead season in the Columbia River
Adopted 6/7/2024: effective 6/8/2024 through 6/15/2024.
This amended rule will expand the legal area to angle from a boat for salmon and steelhead below Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River through June 15. It will also open the Columbia River above Bonneville to angling for hatchery salmon and hatchery steelhead through June 15.

8. 635-023-0128
Set Recreational Salmon/Steelhead Summer Season and Enact Thermal Angling Sanctuaries in Columbia River
Adopted 6/7/2024: effective 6/16/2024 through 7/31/2024.
This amended rule sets the Columbia River recreational salmon and steelhead fisheries from June 16 through July 31 (summer season).
This rule also closes angling in portions of the mainstem Columbia River adjacent to the mouths of Eagle Creek and the Deschutes River, and that portion of Herman Creek and Lagoon within the Columbia River Zone beginning July 15.

9. 635-041-0045, 635-041-0076
Authorize Commercial Sales for Columbia River Treaty Indian Summer Fisheries
Adopted 6/7/2024: effective 6/17/2024 through 7/31/2024.
These amended rules authorize the sales of fish caught in several treaty fisheries. Sales allowed in Zone 6 (between Bonneville and McNary dams) platform and hook-and-line fisheries from June 17 through July 31.
Sales allowed in platform and hook-and-line fisheries downstream from Bonneville Dam from June 17 through July 31. Sales allowed in Yakama Nation Zone 6 tributary (Wind River, Drano Lake, and Klickitat River) fisheries from June 17 until further notice. Sales allowed in Zone 6 (between Bonneville and McNary dams) gillnet fisheries during periods from June 17 through June 19 and June 24 through June 27.

10. 635-018-0500
Steelhead Protections in Eagle Creek (Columbia River Tributary) and Deschutes River
Adopted 6/7/2024: effective 6/16/2024 through 9/18/2024.
This amended rule reduces the daily bag limit for hatchery steelhead to one fish per day in the lower reaches of Eagle Creek (Columbia River Tributary) and Deschutes River from June 16 through July 14 to align with regulations for the adjacent Columbia River mainstem enacted to provide additional protection for upriver steelhead.
This rule also closes angling in the Thermal Angling Sanctuary portions of Eagle Creek (Columbia River Tributary) and the Deschutes River beginning July 15.

11. 635-019-0500
Steelhead Protections in Lower John Day River
Adopted 6/7/2024: effective 6/16/2024 through 8/29/2024.
This amended rule reduces the daily bag limit for hatchery steelhead in the lower John Day River from June 16 through August 29, 2024.

COMMISSION UPDATES

 

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OTHER BUSINESS

 

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PUBLIC FORUM

Note: This part of the agenda is for comments on topics not listed elsewhere on this agenda. Please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of the Director before 8:00 AM, Wednesday, June 12, 2024 (at least 48 hours prior to the meeting) to be included in the public forum.


Upper Klamath and Agency Lakes Native Trophy Trout Redband Trout Fishery        

Dave Gerard

ODFW Hatchery Assessment and Evaluation

David Moskowitz, The Conservation Angler


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EXHIBIT A: COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve draft Commission meeting minutes from April 19; May 3; and May 10.

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EXHIBIT B: 2025-2027 BUDGET

The Commission will be asked to approve the 2025-27 Agency Request Budget.

Ken Loffink, Interim Deputy Director of Administration
Bernadette Graham Hudson, Wildlife Division Administrator
Mike Harrington, Fish Division Administrator
Sarah Reif, Habitat Division Administrator

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT C: MULE DEER PLAN UPDATE

The Commission will be asked to approve the revised Mule Deer Management Plan.

Dr. Don Whittaker, Ungulate Species Coordinator
Dr. Josh Smith, Mule Deer Coordinator
Brian Wolfer, Deputy Wildlife Division Administrator
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT D: FISHING REGULATION CHANGES FOR 2024 OREGON COASTAL FALL SALMON SEASONS AND SMALLMOUTH BASS IN COOS-COQUILLE

The Commission will be asked to consider proposed modifications to angling regulations for coastal streams for 2024 fall fishing seasons and to allow spear/spear gun harvest of smallmouth bass in Coos Coquille District.

Chris Kern, West Region Manager
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT E: BEAVER TAKE PERMIT RULES

The Commission will be asked to adopt take permit and disposition rules for beaver and other wildlife to implement House Bill 3464 (2023 Oregon Legislative Session).

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

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT F: 2024-2026 FURBEARER REGULATIONS

The Commission will be asked to approve Furbearer Regulations for 2024-26.

Derek Broman, Game Program Manager
Brian Wolfer, Deputy Wildlife Division Administrator
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT G: ACCESS & HABITAT PROJECT FUNDING AND BOARD MEMBER APPOINTMENTS

The Commission will be asked to approve the Access and Habitat Board recommendations for project funding and to appoint two Hunter Representatives to the Access and Habitat Board.

Travis Schultz, A&H Program Coordinator
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT H: 2024 AUCTION RAFFLE TAG ALLOCATIONS

The Commission will be asked to approve recommendations of the Access and Habitat Board and ODFW staff for 2024 auction and raffle tag allocations.

Dr. Don Whittaker, Ungulate Species Coordinator
Travis Schultz, A&H Program Coordinator 
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTERrequired for virtual participation.
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT I: COMMERCIAL COASTAL PELAGIC SPECIES FISHERIES RULE AMENDMENTS - Rescheduled for August 9, 2024.

 


EXHIBIT J: LIST OF STATE AGENCIES/LANDS THAT CAN PLAY A ROLE IN SOUTHERN RESIDENT ORCA CONSERVATION

The Commission will be asked to approve a list of state agencies that own or manage land or have recorded easements for lands which can play a role in Southern Resident Orca conservation.

Howard Takata, Interim Southern Resident Orca Listing Coordinator
Mike Brown, Marine Mammal Project Leader
John North, Assistant Fish Division Administrator
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT K: OREGON CONSERVATION AND RECREATION FUND PROJECT FUNDING

The Commission will be asked to approve Oregon Conservation and Recreation Fund (OCRF) Advisory Committee recommendations for project funding.

Reva Gillman, OCRF Program Coordinator
Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance REGISTER required for virtual participation.
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

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.  

July 12, 2024 - HOLD - No meeting scheduled.

August 9, 2024 -Salem
*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2024

  • Licensing Rule Updates - Rulemaking
  • Water Project Community Engagement Rulemaking- Rulemaking
  • Wildlife Habitat Conservation and Management Rule Revision- Rulemaking

September 13, 2024 -The Dalles
*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2024

  • A&H Project Funding – Approval
  • Big Game Regulations- Rulemaking

October 11, 2024 -Albany
*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2024

November 15, 2024 - HOLD - No meeting scheduled.

December 13, 2024 -Salem
*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2024

  • A&H Project Funding – Approval
  • OCRF Project Funding- Approval
  • R&E Project Funding and Board Appointment - Approval
  • 2025 Groundfish Fisheries Regulations- Rulemaking
  • Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy Plan - Rulemaking

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.

Comment and testimony are limited to three minutes or less. 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, June 14 agenda, YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE 8:00 AM WEDNESDAY June 12, 2024; 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, 72 hours or more, will be distributed to the Commission prior to the meeting day. Any correspondence or materials received less than 72 hours prior to the meeting will be entered into the record and when reasonably possible, will be provided to the Commissioners the day of the meeting.

PUBLIC FORUM: If you wish to give testimony virtually or in-person on any item not listed elsewhere on the agenda, PLEASE REGISTER BEFORE 8:00AM WEDNESDAY June 12, 2024; 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. Send written summaries or other materials to ODFW.Commission@odfw.oregon.gov or 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, Oregon, 97302.

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. 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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