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Oregon: Commission to set bird hunting and fishing regulations Aug. 5 in Salem

The Commission will set 2011-12 bird hunting regulations and
2011 sport fishing regulations when it meets in Salem, Friday Aug.
5 at ODFW Headquarters, 3406 Cherry Ave NE.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and proceeds through this
agenda.

Ducks and geese are migratory birds and management is a joint
responsibility of federal and state agencies. This joint team has
proposed another maximum-length duck hunting season of 107 days
with a seven-duck bag limit like the last few years.

Overall goose bag limits are proposed to stay the same but
hunters will be able to take up to three cacklers/Aleutians in
Northwest General and Permit Zones. The bag limit restriction for
cacklers/Aleutians is proposed to be relaxed in all other zones and
Tillamook County goose hunters will be able to take an additional
dark goose in their daily bag. See the proposed migratory bird
season chart for more details.

Upland bird seasons operate under a five-year framework that
last changed in 2010. Most regulations will stay the same except
for standard calendar shifts. The Blue Mountain controlled fall
turkey hunt area will expand to add the Beulah Unit (except for the
Snake River Islands) and available permits will increase to 500
(from 400 last year).

Several special upland bird hunts will be offered for youth and
adults through the ODFW Outdoors skills program, including a youth
chukar hunt Oct. 8-9 in Klamath County. Information on how to sign
up for these hunts will be available in mid-August on ODFW’s
Hunting Resources website.

Changes to the administrative rules for falconry to bring them
in line with revised federal regulations are also on the
agenda.

Fishing regulations and plans

The Commission will be asked to approve two fish conservation
plans:

The first is the Lower Columbia River and Oregon Coast White
Sturgeon Conservation Plan. The plan was developed in response to
concerns about the long-term health of white sturgeon in the lower
Columbia River. It is the state’s first conservation plan for
sturgeon in the Columbia River and provides a framework for
ensuring sturgeon remain healthy and viable, while providing
fishing and other societal benefits.

The plan is available on-line.

The Commission will be also asked to approve Oregon’s plan to
restore and conserve salmon and steelhead populations of the upper
Willamette River.

The Upper Willamette River Conservation and Recovery Plan for
Chinook Salmon and Steelhead calls for restoring natural production
of salmon and steelhead above several of the flood-control dams in
the Willamette Valley. It also includes efforts to reintroduce
Chinook and steelhead into habitat above dams in the North and
South Santiam, McKenzie and Middle Fork Willamette rivers.

The plan serves a dual purpose as both a as a complete state
conservation plan and a component of the federal recovery plan,
which is required for all species listed under the federal
Endangered Species Act.

The plan and an executive summary are available on-line at
http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/CRP/upper_willamette_river_plan.asp

The Commission will be asked to consider and approve the 2011
Sport Fishing Regulations, which include a few key changes from
2011:

Clarification of smelt regulations to replace the blanket
restrictions on all smelt harvest with specific restrictions
closing only Eulachon smelt, recently listed as threatened under
the federal Endangered Species Act.

Permanently increase the daily bag limit on Diamond Lake from 5 to
8 trout.

Introduce catch-and-release regulations for tiger trout. Tiger
trout will be introduced into Fish Lake in southwest Oregon and
Phillips Reservoir in the northeast to feed on illegal-introduced
Tui chub and yellow perch. Staff is proposing the catch-and-release
regulations so they can better evaluate the recreational fishery
potential and ecological benefits. .

The Commission also will consider changes to the process by which
the public can suggest changes to the state’s sport fishing
regulations. Every four years the agency uses an extensive public
process to give anglers an opportunity to propose new or modified
fishing regulations. The goal of a New Five-Step Public Process is
to simplify the year-long process while allowing for more
meaningful public participation. If approved, implementation will
begin later this year as part of the 2013 Sport Fishing Regulations
development process.

Finally, the Commission will be asked to appoint three members
to the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board to represent sport
fishing, troll fishing and fish processing interests.

The Commission is the policy-making body for fish and wildlife
issues in the state. The seven-member panel meets monthly.

People seeking to testify on issues not on the formal agenda may
do so by making arrangements with the ODFW Director’s Office, at
least 24 hours in advance of the meeting, by calling 800-720-6339
or 503-947-6044.

Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for
individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language
interpreters or large-print materials. Individuals needing these
types of accommodations may call the ODFW Director’s Office at
800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044 at least 24 hours in advance of the
meeting.

 

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