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Commission meets online Friday, March 19

March 12, 2021

SALEM, Ore.—The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, March 19 online. See the meeting agenda online at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/21/03_Mar/index.asp

The meeting will be livestreamed over ODFW’s YouTube Channel, which can be viewed from this page, https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/

To testify online for one of the agenda items, fill out the online form below no later than 48 hours before the meeting begins (so by Wednesday, March 17 at 8 a.m.) 
https://www.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_NoDY_gMfRi-SqDmB2_imZQ

Comments about agenda items can also be emailed to odfw.commission@state.or.us

The Commission will be asked to:

  • To comply with HB 3315 (passed by 2015 Oregon State Legislature), amend rules to remove the issuance of information statements and authorizes the issuance of invoices for recompensable assistance to executive department agencies.
  • Approve Access and Habitat Board recommendations for project funding to provide public hunting access or improve wildlife habitat on private land; and appoint a Hunter Representative to the Access and Habitat Board
  • Appoint a new member to the Fish Screening Task Force to represent the Public position on the board. This seven-member board advises ODFW staff on fish screening program development, implementation, monitoring, technology, funding, and reporting.
  • Adopt new regulations for the commercial market squid fishery including, but not limited to, gear requirements to reduce benthic impacts, periodic closures to protect spawning squid, logbook requirements for “light boats”, and clarifying that “light boats” are prohibited from operating in the Cascade Head South Marine Protected Area.
  • Consider a petition from The Center of Biological Diversity requesting to add mink to the list of Prohibited Species in the state. The Commission will be asked to either deny the petition or accept the petition and initiate rulemaking proceedings (note no new rules will actually be adopted during the meeting). The Commission requests public comment on whether options exist for achieving the rule’s substantive goals in a way that reduces the negative economic impact on businesses.

Finally, the Commission will be given an update on 2021 ocean salmon fishery planning.

Commissioners will also hold a public forum for people to comment on topics not on the agenda. To participate in public forum, call the ODFW Director’s office at (503) 947-6044 by Wednesday, March 17 at 8 a.m. (48 hours prior to the meeting).

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Contact: Michelle Dennehy, (503) 931-2748, Michelle.N.Dennehy@state.or.us
Adam Baylor, (503) 947-6012, Adam.C.Baylor@state.or.us
 
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