Commission meets Aug. 5 in Salem
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Commission meets Aug. 5 in Salem

July 29, 2022

SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet Friday, Aug. 5 in Salem for a hybrid meeting that allows for both in-person and online testimony.

See the meeting agenda and watch a livestream of the meeting at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/22/08_Aug/index.asp

To testify on an agenda item remotely, register at least 48 hours in advance (by Wednesday,  Aug. 3 at 8 a.m.) at this link

To testify in-person, sign up on the day of the meeting at ODFW HQ. Sign- up sheets are available outside the Commission room.

Comments can also be emailed to odfw.commission@odfw.oregon.gov

A public forum for people to comment on topics not on the agenda is scheduled for Friday morning after the Director's report. To participate in the public forum, contact the ODFW Director's office at (503) 947-6044 or emailODFW.Commission@odfw.oregon.gov by Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 8 a.m. (48 hours prior to the meeting).

The following business is on the Commission's agenda:
Role of ODFW lands for marbled murrelet conservation: Per the Oregon Endangered Species Act (OESA), the Commission will determine the role ODFW-owned lands will play in marbled murrelet conservation. Where feasible, forested habitat on ODFW lands would be managed to contribute to their conservation and all relevant ODFW lands will continue to implement the survival guidelines for the marbled murrelet. Staff will also provide an update on the determinations of roles by other state land owning and managing agencies per OESA requirements.

Fall Chinook conservation hatchery program for the Coquille River: The number of naturally-produced adult fall Chinook salmon returning to the Coquille River basin has been severely depressed since 2018 and the population is at high risk of extirpation. In coordination with the Coquille Indian Tribe, ODFW is proposing to initiate a Conservation Hatchery Program as an emergency measure to boost natural production and provide time to address the limiting factors which include predation by non-native fish. Interim hatchery measures are needed to ensure the genetic legacy of the population is preserved and that there are sufficient adults returning to avoid extirpation before other recovery actions can be completed.

Adopt 2023 Sport Fishing Regulations: The few changes proposed to next year's fishing regulations include moving to catch-and-release only for wild rainbow trout in the Fall River to help conserve wild populations. A change in zone regulations to standardize bass fishing regulations in streams (to no size and number limits) will both simplify regulations by removing a number of redundant special regulations and help conserve native species where they overlap with bass populations. See the complete list of proposals online.

Other changes to sport fishing regulations already adopted by the Commission and the Oregon State Legislature will also be included in the rule adoption, including the Rogue-South Coast Plan, changes to license offerings and changes to bag limits for green crab.

ODFW staff will also brief the Commission on activities related to beaver management in Oregon and provide an update on implementation of the Private Forest Accord passed by the 2022 Oregon State Legislature.

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Contact:

Michelle Dennehy, (503) 931-2748, Michelle.N.Dennehy@odfw.oregon.gov

 
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