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COMMISSION AGENDA: Friday, April 20, 2012

Fish Lake

Meeting

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 8:00 am
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Commission Room
3406 Cherry Avenue
Salem, Oregon 97303

Printable Agenda (pdf)

Detroit Lake

Friday, April 20, 2012 - 8:00 am
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports
Bruce Eddy, Chip Dale, Larry Cooper, Chris Wheaton, Roger Fuhrman, Caren Braby, Captain Jeff Samuels

Columbia River Sturgeon Fishery Planning
Steve Williams, Fish Division Deputy Administrator
Tony Nigro, Ocean Salmon and Columbia River Program Manager

Expenditure Report
Debbie Colbert, Deputy Director for Administration

Adopt Temporary Rules
Curt Melcher, Deputy Director for Fish and Wildlife Programs

1. 635-018-0090
2012 Spring Chinook Seasons on the Lower Deschutes and Hood Rivers
Adopted February 21, 2012: effective April 15, 2012 through July 31, 2012.
Amended rule allows the sport harvest of adipose fin-clipped spring Chinook salmon in the Lower Deschutes River from April 15 through July 31, 2012 and in the mainstem of the Hood River from April 15 through June 30, 2012. The Deschutes River open area extends from Sherars Falls downstream to the mouth of the river. The Hood River open area extends from the mouth to mainstem confluence with the East Fork; and the West Fork from the confluence with the mainstem, upstream to the angling deadline 200 feet downstream of Punchbowl Falls. The daily bag limit is two adult adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon per day; and five adipose fin-clipped jack salmon per day. All unmarked Chinook salmon must be released unharmed and it is unlawful to angle from Sherars Falls downstream to the upper railroad trestle after taking a daily bag limit of two adult Chinook salmon.

2. 635-042-0145
Commercial Gillnet Fishery for Youngs Bay Select Area of the Columbia River Modified
Adopted March 15, 2012: effective March 18, 2012 through July 31, 2012.
Amended rule modifies the start time, fishing period length and fishing area boundaries authorized for the March 18, 2012 commercial gillnet fishery in the Youngs Bay Select Area of the Columbia River. Modifications are consistent with the action taken March 15, 2012 by the State of Oregon.

3. 635-042-0145
Additional Commercial Gillnet Fishing Period for Youngs Bay Select Area of Columbia River
Adopted March 15, 2012: effective March 21, 2012 through July 31, 2012.
Rule amendments modify the start time and fishing period length in the previously authorized commercial gillnet fishery for the Youngs Bay Select Area of the Columbia River on March 25. Further amendments authorize an additional four-hour fishing period from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. Modifications are consistent with the action taken March 20, 2012 by the State of Oregon.

4. 635-042-0145
Additional Commercial Gillnet Fishing Period for Youngs Bay Select Area Authorized
Adopted March 27, 2012: effective March 29, 2012 through July 31, 2012.
Rule amendments authorize an additional four-hour fishing period in the ongoing commercial gillnet fishery for the Youngs Bay Select Area of the Columbia River on March 29. This additional four-hour fishing period will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 29, 2012. Modifications are consistent with the action taken March 27, 2012 by the State of Oregon.

5. 635-042-0145
Commercial Gillnet Fishing Period In Youngs Bay Select Area Authorized for April 1st
Adopted March 30, 2012: effective April 1, 2012 through July 31, 2012.
Rule amendments authorize an additional four-hour fishing period for the ongoing commercial gillnet fishery in the Youngs Bay Select Area of the Columbia River on April 1. This additional four-hour fishing period will begin at 1:00 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m., Sunday, April 1, 2012. Modifications are consistent with the action taken March 30, 2012 by the State of Oregon.

6. 635-042-0022
2012 Commercial Spring Chinook Fishery in the Mainstem Columbia River
Adopted April 2, 2012: effective April 3, 2012 through April 30, 2012.
This amended rule allows a non-Indian commercial spring Chinook fishery in the mainstem Columbia River to commence on April 3, 2012 from the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to Beacon Rock (Zones 1 thru 5). The authorized drift gillnet fishing period is from 7:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. (12 hours). Modifications are consistent with joint state action taken April 2, 2012 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

7. 635-042-0145
Commercial Gillnet Fishing Period in Youngs Bay Select Area Authorized for April 5th
Adopted April 4, 2012: effective April 5, 2012 through July 31, 2012.
Rule amendments authorize an additional four-hour fishing period for the ongoing commercial gillnet fishery in the Youngs Bay Select Area of the Columbia River on April 5. This additional four-hour fishing period will begin at 4:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2012. Modifications are consistent with the action taken April 4, 2012 by the State of Oregon.

8. 635-023-0125
2012 Recreational Spring Chinook Season Extended in the Columbia River
Adopted April 5, 2012: effective April 6, 2012 through June 15, 2012.
These rule modifications extend, by one week, the 2012 Columbia River recreational spring Chinook season for harvest of adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Revisions are consistent with action taken April 5, 2012 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

9. 635-042-0022
Additional 6-hour Commercial Spring Chinook Fishery in the Mainstem Columbia River
Adopted April 9, 2012: effective April 10, 2012 through April 30, 2012.
This amended rule allows an additional non-Indian commercial spring Chinook fishery in the mainstem Columbia River on April 10, 2012 in the area from the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to Beacon Rock (Zones 1 thru 5). The authorized drift gillnet fishing period is from 12:30 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. (six hours). Modifications are consistent with joint state action taken April 9, 2012 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

10. 635-023-0125
2012 Recreational Spring Chinook Season in the Columbia River Extended
Adopted April 12, 2012: effective April 14, 2012 through June 15, 2012.
These rule modifications extend, by eight fishing days, the 2012 Columbia River recreational spring Chinook season for harvest of adipose fin-clipped Chinook salmon and adipose finclipped steelhead. Revisions are consistent with action taken April 12, 2012 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

11. 635-042-0145
Commercial Gillnet Fishing Period in Youngs Bay Select Area for April 19th Amended
Adopted April 16, 2012: effective April 19, 2012 through July 31, 2012.
Rule amendments change a previously authorized commercial gillnet fishing period scheduled for 6:00 p.m. until midnight on April 19, 2012, in the Youngs Bay Select Area of the Columbia River to now begin at 4:00 p.m. and run until 9:00 p.m. on the same date. Modifications are consistent with the action taken April 16, 2012 by the State of Oregon.

12. 635-023-0134
Open Spring Chinook Sport Fishery on the Snake River below Hells Canyon Dam
Adopted April 16, 2012: effective April 22, 2012 through September 30, 2012.
Amended rule opens a spring Chinook fishery from Dug Bar Boat Ramp upstream to the deadline below Hells Canyon Dam on the Snake River beginning on April 22, 2012 to coincide with the State of Idaho's regulations for this fishery.

Attachments: (pdf's)

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.

Rich Thompson, New Things in Archery Hunting
Traditional Archers of Oregon

Shawn Miller, Columbia River Sturgeon Fisheries
Coastal Conservation Association

Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The draft March 9, 2012 Commission minutes are deferred to the next meeting.

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit B: 2012 REGULATIONS FOR SARDINE AND PACIFIC HALIBUT FISHERIES

The Commission will be asked to approve the 2012 regulations for commercial sardine and
recreational and commercial Pacific halibut fisheries.

Gway Kirchner, Marine Fisheries Section Manager
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit C: 2012 OCEAN SALMON REGULATIONS FOR STATE WATERS

The Commission will be asked to approve administrative rules to establish regulations for sport
and commercial salmon seasons in Nearshore waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Chris Kern, Interim Ocean Salmon Technical Resources Manager
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit D: COMMERICAL DUNGENESS CRAB REGULATIONS

The Commission will be asked to approve updates to commercial crab regulations to improve enforceability and efficiency.

Kelly Corbett, Commercial Dungeness Crab Project Leader
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit E: JOHNSON CREEK DAM FISH PASSAGE WAIVER

The Commission will be asked to approve a waiver for a fish passage requirement for a proposed new dam on Johnson Creek in Coos County.

Greg Apke, Statewide Fish Passage Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit F: BEAR MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Commission will be briefed on proposed updates to the Bear Management Plan.

Tom Thornton, Game Program Manager
Tim Hiller, Carnivore-Furbearer Coordinator
Public Testimony
Informational

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit G: SAUVIE ISLAND WILDLIFE AREA MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Commission will be asked to approve the goals and objectives of the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area Management Plan.

Nancy Breuner, Wildlife Area Operations Coordinator
Jeff Boechler, North Willamette Watershed District Manager
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit H: ACCESS AND HABITAT PROJECTS

The Commission will be asked to approve the Access and Habitat Board’s recommendations for project funding.

Matt Keenan, Access and Habitat Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf's)

Exhibit I: TRAPPING REGULATIONS PETITION

The Commission will be asked to consider initiating rulemaking to modify trapping regulations.

Ron Anglin, Wildlife Division Administrator
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf's)

ADJOURN
 
FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION MEETINGS & TOPICS

May 10, 2012 Conference Call – Salem

  • Round 1 Conceptual Budget Proposals

June 7-8, 2012 – Salem

  • 2012 Big Game Regulations
  • Bear Management Plan
  • 2012-2014 Furbearer Trapping and Hunting Regulations
  • 2013 Auction and Raffle Tag Allocations
  • Access and Habitat Projects
  • Mule Deer Initiative Update
  • Habitat Conservation Stamp
  • Restoration and Enhancement Projects
  • Commercial Fishery Regulations
  • Regulations for 2012 Coastal Fall Chinook and Coho Terminal Fisheries
  • Clam Harvest Permits – Siletz Tribe
  • Clam Harvest Permits – Coquille Tribe
  • Sale of Steelhead in Oregon by Columbia River Treaty Tribes

July 13, 2012 – No meeting scheduled; but please reserve this date

August 3, 2012 – Salem

  • Marine Reserves
  • 2012-2013 Oregon Game Bird Regulations
  • Sage Grouse Plan Update

September 7, 2012 – Hermiston (Congressional District 2)

  • Restoration and Enhancement Projects
  • Access and Habitat Projects

October 5, 2012 – Salem

  • 2013 Big Game Regulations

November 2012 – No meeting scheduled

December 7, 2012 – Portland (Congressional District 3)

  • Access and Habitat Projects
  • Restoration and Enhancement Projects


AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 AM on April 20, 2012. 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/.

On April 20, a recess will be taken at 12:00 Noon, when the Commission will have 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 received 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 their 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 at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3406 Cherry Ave NE, Salem, OR 97303, 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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