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COMMISSION AGENDA: September 2, 2010
Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission

Sandhill crane at Sauvie Island, Wildlife Area, Oregon. Mt. St. Helens in the background

Meeting

Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 8:00 am
Washington County Fair Complex
Cloverleaf Building
873 N.E. 34th Avenue
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124

Printable Agenda September 2, 2010 (pdf)

 

Thursday, September 2, 2010 8:00 a.m.
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports
Craig Ely, Chip Dale, Larry Cooper, Chris Wheaton, Roger Fuhrman, Tony Nigro, Captain Jeff Samuels

Adopt Temporary Rules
Roy Elicker, Director

1.     635-039-0085
Ocean Sport Pacific Halibut All-Depth Closure from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain, Oregon

Adopted August 12, 2010; effective August 13, 2010 through October 31, 2010. This amended rule closes the all-depth sport fishery for Pacific halibut in the area between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain, Oregon at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 13, 2010 when the all-depth quota of 141,265 pounds is projected to have been taken. This rule is consistent with regulations that have been implemented by the federal government and the International Pacific Halibut Commission for the 2010 Oregon recreational fishery for Pacific halibut.

2.     635-023-0134
Open Fall Chinook Sport Fishery On the Snake River Below Hells Canyon Dam

Adopted August 16, 2010; effective September 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. This amended rule implements a fall Chinook fishery on the Snake River from the Oregon- Washington border upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam beginning on September 1, 2010 to coincide with the State of Idaho's regulations for this fishery.

3.     635-042-0031
Fall Commercial Drift Gill Net Seasons Set for August In Columbia River Mainstem

Adopted August 17, 2010; effective August 19, 2010 through August 31, 2010. This amended rule implements fall commercial salmon drift gill net seasons in the Columbia River mainstem in zones 4 and 5. Three commercial drift gill net fishing periods were adopted. The fishing periods are: 8:00 p.m. Thursday, August 19 to 6:00 a.m. Friday, August 20, 2010 (10 hours); 9:00 p.m. Sunday, August 22 to 6:00 a.m. Monday, August 23, 2010 (9 hours); and 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 24 to 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 25, 2010 (9 hours).

4.     635-041-0075
Treaty Indian Fall Commercial Gill Net Fishery In Columbia River Above Bonneville Dam Implemented

Adopted August 17, 2010; effective August 24, 2010 through October 31, 2010. Amended rule allows the commercial sales of fish caught during the Treaty Indian fall commercial gill net fishery in the Columbia River above Bonneville Dam (Zone 6). The fall commercial gill net Chinook and steelhead fishery begins at 6:00 a.m. Tuesday, August 24, 2010 and runs through 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 10, 2010. Rule modifications are consistent with action taken August 17, 2010 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

5.     635-017-0090
Coho Seasons Extended In the Santiam Basin

Adopted August 23, 2010; effective September 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010. Amended rule allows for expanded coho seasons in the mainstem Santiam River (months of September and October added); North Fork Santiam River (Stayton to Scio Bridge season expanded into September and October); and South Fork Santiam River (season expanded to include months of September and October) in the reach from mouth up to the Grant Street Bridge in Lebanon. These modifications will allow sport anglers opportunities to harvest returns of naturally produced coho salmon found upstream of Willamette Falls in the Santiam Basin. Willamette Falls historically restricted access to fall returning salmon prior to development of a fish ladder that provided access year round to all fish species.

6.     635-004-0019
Inseason Actions Implemented by the Federal Government for Commercial Groundfish Fisheries

Adopted August 25, 2010; effective August 25, 2010 through November 30, 2010. This amended rule adopts in-season actions implemented by the federal government for Pacific ocean commercial groundfish fisheries, including changes to cumulative trip limits for fixed gear fisheries and changes to lingcod retention allowances for vessels fishing in the salmon troll fishery.

Shikar Safari International Award
Roy Elicker, Director
Captain Jeff Samuels, Oregon State Police, Fish and Wildlife Division


PUBLIC FORUM

Note: This part of the agenda is for comments on topics not scheduled elsewhere on the agenda. Please contact the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of the Director at least 24 hours prior to the meeting to be included in the public forum. If you bring written summaries or other materials to the meeting please provide the Commission Assistant with 20 copies prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to take action on items brought to their attention in this forum.

Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES

Approve June 4, 2010 Commission meeting minutes. The July 16 and August 6, 2010 minutes have been deferred to the September 30-October 1 meeting in Bend, Oregon.

Approval

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit B: SALMON AND TROUT ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT

The Commission will be given an informational briefing on the Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) activities for 2009.

Tod Jones, STAC Chair
Kevin Herkamp, STEP Coordinator
Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit C: CLACKAMAS RIVER BULL TROUT

The Commission will be asked to review and amend the Clackamas Subbasin Fish Management rules to be consistent with current knowledge of the status of Bull Trout in this basin, and approve authorization to reintroduce this species to the upper Clackamas River.

Todd Alsbury, District Fisheries Manager, North Willamette Watershed
Chris Allen, Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Oregon Fish and Wildlife Office
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit D: BASS TOURNAMENT RULES

The Commission will be asked to approve development of the “grandfather” rights for Bass Tournament sponsors with long standing tournament participation.

Rhine Messmer, Recreational Fisheries Program Manager
Terry Shrader, Eastern Oregon Warm Water Fish Biologist
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit E: RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT PROGRAM PROJECT APPROVALS

The Commission will be asked to review and approve the Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Board’s August 13, 2010 recommendations for project funding.

Laura Tesler, R&E Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit F: ACCESS AND HABITAT PROJECTS

The Commission will be asked to review and approve the Access and Habitat (A&H) Board’s July 2010 recommendations for project funding.

Matt Keenan, A&H Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit G: AGENCY REPRESENTATION BY AN OFFICER OR EMPLOYEE FOR CONTESTED CASE HEARINGS

The Commission will be asked to review and adopt a new rule that allows an authorized officer or employee of the Department to represent the Department in contested case hearings.

Deanna Erickson, License Services Manager
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit H: SAUVIE ISLAND WILDLIFE AREA PLAN

The Commission will be asked to review and adopt the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Management Plan.

Nancy Breuner, Wildlife Area Operations Coordinator
Mark Nebeker, Wildlife Area Manager
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit I: OREGON WOLF CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN UPDATE

The Commission will be briefed on the upcoming proposed revisions relating to the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.

Craig Ely, Northeast Region Manager
Russ Morgan, Wolf Coordinator
Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit J: PROPOSED FURBEARER TRAPPING AND HUNTING REGULATION CHANGES

The Commission will be asked to review and approve minor housekeeping modifications and adopt proposed rule changes to the 2010-2012 Furbearer Trapping and Hunting regulations regarding furtakers that miss April 15 deadline for reporting harvest during previous season.

Tim Hiller, Carnivore-Furbearer Coordinator
Public Testimony
Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf's)

ADJOURN


FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION MEETINGS & TOPICS

September 30 – October 1, 2010 – Bend (Dist. 2)
The Commission reserves the right to continue an item until Friday, October 1, 2010.

  • Top Hunter Education Awards
  • 2011 Big Game Regulations
  • Hunter Orange
  • Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon Update
  • Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan
  • Surplus Eggs and Fish in ODFW Hatchery Programs

November – No meeting scheduled

December 3, 2010 – Portland Area (Dist. 3)

  • 2011 Groundfish Fisheries Regulations; 2009 Nearshore Logbook Report
  • Bycatch Reduction Devices for Pink Shrimp Fishery
  • Access and Habitat Projects
  • Wildlife Taxonomy and Wildlife Integrity Rules
  • Dog Training Rules
  • Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Assessment and Strategy for Oregon Rulemaking
  • Wildlife Area Parking Permit

AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 AM, and proceed chronologically through the agenda.  If you wish to receive written materials prepared for any of the agenda items, please contact the Director’s Office in Salem at 503.947.6044 to request a packet for those items, which interest you or see the agency’s website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/.

A recess will be taken at 12:00 Noon, when the Commission will have lunch and may discuss matters of general interest.  The public is welcome to attend, and an announcement will be made of the location of the lunch. 

PUBLIC TESTIMONY

If you wish to give testimony on any item scheduled on this agenda, please sign up on the sheets provided the day of the meeting. You will be called to testify by the Commission Chair. The Commission places great value on information receive from the public, and wants to avoid arbitrary limits on the time or attention allocated to each witness. Therefore, persons desiring to testify or otherwise present information to the Commission are encouraged to:

  1. Provide written summaries of information to the Commission twenty (20 sets);
  2. Limit testimony to five (5) minutes, recognizing that substance, not length, determines the value of testimony or written information;
  3. Endorse rather than repeat testimony of other witnesses; and
  4. Groups or organizations wishing to testify should designate one spokesperson whenever possible.

PUBLIC FORUM

If you wish to give testimony on any item not scheduled elsewhere on the agenda, please contact the Director's Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 503-947-6044, at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. You will be called to testify by the Commission Chair immediately following the Commissioner Items portion of the agenda. Please provide 20 sets of written summaries or other materials to the Commission Assistant prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to take action on items brought to thier attention in this forum.

Thank you for taking the time to present your views.

Materials delivered to the Director’s Office sufficiently in advance of the meeting can be copied and distributed to the Commission. If you bring written materials to the hearing, please provide twenty (20) copies. If you have questions regarding this Agenda, please contact the Director’s Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3406 Cherry Avenue, NE, Salem, OR 97303, 503.947.6044.

PARKING

Parking is available to anyone who attends the Commission meeting.


REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION OF DISABILITIES

Reasonable accommodation, such as assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters, and materials in large print or audiotape, will be provided as needed. In order to ensure availability, please contact the Director’s Office at 503.947.6044 at least 72 hours prior to the meeting to make your request. TTY users can reach ODFW by using the Oregon Telecommunications Relay Service.  Please dial 711 and ask to be connected to 503-947-6044.

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