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Volunteers can help with ODFW fish projects

ODFW Volunteers
Volunteers Tony Hobbs, left, and Paul LeFebvre collect scale samples.
- Photo courtesy ODFW -

July 2, 2012

GOLD BEACH, Ore. – ODFW is looking for volunteers to help with fish projects in the south coast area. The data collected helps biologists manage salmon and is also a high priority in the Rogue Fall Chinook SMU Draft Conservation Plan. The draft plan was released for public review in early May.

People interested in volunteering for any of the following projects should call John Weber at 541-247-7605. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application and safety certification at the Gold Beach Field Office, 29907 Airport Way.

Winchuck River smolt trap: This project runs weekdays through Aug. 31. Volunteers count juvenile fall chinook caught in a smolt trap and report data daily. Some of the fish caught are measured and fin-clipped. Training is provided on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Huntley Park seining: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Oct. 31, volunteers help ODFW staff pull in a seine net on the Rogue River to count adult salmon.

Chetco River scale collection: From Nov. 15 – Jan. 31, volunteers float the Chetco River collecting scale samples from spawned adult fall chinook carcasses. Volunteers typically work in three-person crews from drift boats. Bank angler volunteers are also needed. Volunteers can use their own boats or ODFW can assign helpers to other boats. Training is provided in early November at the STEP Indian Creek Hatchery. 

The mission of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is to protect and enhance Oregon's fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations. The agency consists of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, a commission-appointed director and a statewide staff of approximately 950 permanent employees. Headquartered in Salem, ODFW has regional offices in Clackamas, Roseburg, Bend, and La Grande with ten district offices located throughout the state. For additional information, please visit



John Weber (541) 247-7605
Meghan Collins (541) 440-3353
Fax: (541) 673-0372

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