ROSEBURG, Ore. – ODFW is looking for volunteers to help with
fish projects in the south coast area. Data collected from the
projects helps biologists manage salmon and is also a high priority
in the Rogue River Fall Chinook SMU Draft Conservation Plan. The
plan is currently undergoing peer review.
Volunteers help install a smolt trap on the Winchuck River.
-Photo courtesy ODFW-
“We appreciate all the help we get from volunteers and look forward
to working with them,” says ODFW STEP biologist John Weber.
People interested in volunteering for any of the following
projects should call Weber at 541-247-7605.. All volunteers must
complete a volunteer application available at the Gold Beach Field
Office, 29907 Airport Way.
Winchuck River smolt trap: This project runs weekdays through
Aug. 31. Volunteers count fall chinook caught in the smolt trap and
report data each day. Some of the fish caught are measured and
fin-clipped. Training will be provided on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Huntley Park seining: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through
Oct. 31, volunteers help ODFW staff pull in a seining net and count
Chetco River scale collection: From Nov. 15 – Jan. 31,
volunteers float the Chetco River collecting scale samples from
spawned adult fall chinook carcasses. Volunteers usually work in
three-person crews out of drift boats; however, 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.