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COMMISSION AGENDA: Thursday and Friday, September 6-7, 2012

Tour
Thursday, September 6, 2012 – 8:00 am
Depart Oxford Suites
1050 N First Ave.
Hermiston, Oregon 97838

Meeting

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 8:00 am
Hermiston Conference Center
Great Room
415 S. Hwy. 395
Hermiston, Oregon 97838

Printable Agenda (pdf)

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Thursday, September 6, 2012 8:00 a.m.
OREGON FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION TOUR


8:00 a.m. Tour overview and introductions (Depart Oxford Suites for Umatilla Basin Project overview at 8:30 a.m.)

Bruce Eddy and Kevin Blakely

8:15 – 10:00 a.m. Columbia River Water and Umatilla Basin Water Commission
Bill Duke – Umatilla Basin Project History
Dennis Doherty - Umatilla County Commissioner and Co-convener of Columbia River-Umatilla Solutions Team
JR Cook – Umatilla Basin Water Commission

10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Irrigon Wildlife Area
Steve Allen - Tour of habitat improvement projects

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch at Irrigon Hatchery

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Irrigon Hatchery
Colleen Fagan and Marc Garst – NE Region Hatchery Program and Irrigon and Umatilla Hatchery operations
Lance Clarke – NE Region Fish Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Open Fields/Columbia Basin Habitat and Access
Steve Cherry and Jake Gilineau – Overview of Columbia Basin hunting access program and tour wetland habitat improvement project

3:00 p.m. Depart for Oxford Suites

Friday, September 7, 2012 - 8:00 am
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports

Bruce Eddy, Brett Hodgson, Larry Cooper, Chris Wheaton, Roger Fuhrman, Captain Jeff Samuels

Lower Columbia River Update

Ed Bowles, Fish Division Administrator

Adopt Temporary Rules

Roy Elicker, Director

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.

Chuck Lang   Turn in Illegal Introductions Program
Oregon BASS Federation    
     
Mike Morris   Enhancing Oregon’s
Bend, Oregon   Mule Deer Population

1. 635-042-0160, 635-042-0170 and 635-042-0180
2012 Fall Commercial Seasons Set for Columbia River Select Area Fisheries

Adopted June 26, 2012: effective August 13, 2012 through October 31, 2012.
These amended rules set the 2012 Fall commercial gill net salmon seasons for the Columbia River Select Areas including: Blind and Knappa sloughs, Tongue Point/South Channel and Deep River. Modifications are consistent with action taken June 26, 2012 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

2. 635-051-00001; 635-053-0005
Amend rules to reduce tag numbers to zero (0) for Whitehorse Unit 68, Sage-Grouse Hunt J68

Adopted August 10, 2012: effective August 10, 2012 through February 6, 2013.
This temporary rule amends rules to reduce tag numbers to zero (0) for Whitehorse Unit 68 to sage grouse hunting due to wildfires that have burned a substantial portion of the sage grouse habitat within the Whitehorse Unit.

3. 635-041-0075
Columbia River Treaty Indian Commercial Gill Net Salmon Season Set

Adopted August 14, 2012: effective August 21, 2012 through October 31, 2012.
This amended rule allows commercial sales of fish caught during the Treaty Indian commercial fall salmon gill net fishery in the Columbia River and its Washington tributaries. The first period (2.5 days) of the fall gill net fishery is scheduled to begin at 6:00 a.m., Monday, August 21, 2012. Modifications are consistent with action taken August 14, 2012 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes.

4. 635-004-0275
Federal Actions and Management Measures Implemented for Commercial Fixed-gear Sablefish DTL Fisheries

Adopted August 14, 2012: effective September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
This amended rule implements in-season actions previously adopted by the federal government for 2012 Pacific Ocean commercial groundfish fisheries, including but not limited to changes in limited entry sablefish DTL fishery trip limits.

5. 635-067-0030
Amend rule to extend the hunt season for Bighorn Sheep Controlled Hunt 568B

Adopted August 16, 2012: effective August 16, 2012 through November 1, 2012.
The current season for the Bighorn Sheep Controlled Hunt (568B) is from August 18 to August 31, 2012. This rule amendment would extend the season to October 31, 2012 and provide an option for Department staff to authorize hunters who do not hunt during the extended 2012 season to exercise the tag in the 2012 season.

6. 635-004-0375
Directed Commercial Sardine Fishery Second Allocation Period Closes August 23, 2012

Adopted August 20, 2012: effective August 23, 2012 through September 14, 2012.
This amended rule closes the Second Allocation Period of the directed commercial sardine fishery effective August 23 through September 14, 2012. Modifications conform state regulations to federal rule changes posted for public inspection August 17, 2012 with intent to publish these changes in the Federal Register. The federal publication referenced in the amended rule OAR 635-004-0375(1)(b) is also updated to correspond to current federal regulations.

7. 635-023-0134
2012 Snake River Fall Chinook Sport Fishery below Hells Canyon Dam Opens
September 1

Adopted August 20, 2012: effective September 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
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, 2012, to coincide with State of Idaho regulations for this concurrent fishery.

8. 635-039-0085
Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain Summer All-Depth Season Closed To Retention of
Pacific Halibut

Adopted August 23, 2012: effective August 24, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
This amended rule closes the all-depth spring sport fishery for Pacific halibut in the area between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain, Oregon at 11:59 p.m., on August 24, 2012 when the quota of 47,639 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 2012 Oregon recreational fishery for Pacific halibut.

9. 635-042-0031
Additional Fall Commercial Drift Gill Net Seasons Set for the Mainstem Columbia River

Adopted August 24, 2012: effective August 26, 2012 through October 31, 2012.
This amended rule authorizes two additional fishing periods for the 2012 fall commercial salmon drift gill net fishery in the Columbia River mainstem in Zones 4 through 5. The first authorized fishing period begins at 9:00 p.m., Sunday, August 26, 2012. Modifications are consistent with action taken August 24, 2012 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

10. 635-041-0020
Zone 6 Treaty Indian Subsistence Fishing Area Modified

Adopted August 27, 2012: effective August 27, 2012 through December 12, 2012.
This amended rule modifies the subsistence fishing sanctuary restriction around the mouth of Fifteenmile Creek in Bonneville Reservoir to allow the taking of salmon and steelhead, during the period from June 16 through November 15.

11. 635-021-0090
Multiple Southeast Zone Streams Closed To All Angling until Further Notice

Adopted August 28, 2012: effective September 1, 2012 through February 27, 2013.
This amended rule closes multiple streams within the Southeast Zone to all angling until further notice. Wildfires within the Willow-Whitehorse Basin, McDermitt Creek subbasin, and Quinn Basin (Malheur County) have caused extensive damage to riparian vegetation and fish habitat. Direct fish mortality has occurred in several streams.

12. 635-056-0050
Amend Wildlife Integrity rules to include “live or dead” Zebra/Quagga mussels

Adopted August 31, 2012; effective August 31, 2012 through February 26, 2013
The current rules for Zebra/Quagga mussels, Dreissenidae, only applies to live species which makes it difficult for law enforcement to have the ability to stop trailered watercraft for suspicion of carrying Zebra/Quagga mussels. By amending the current rule to include “live or dead”, this would give law enforcement the ability to stop trailered watercraft suspected of transporting invasive Quagga/Zebra mussels without having to prove that mussels were alive and therefore in violation of the current “prohibited species” rule.

13. 635-067-0030
Amend rules to expand the hunt area for Bighorn Sheep Controlled Hunt 558A

Adopted September 4, 2012: effective September 4, 2012 through March 2, 2013.
This rule will expand the hunt area for Bighorn Sheep Hunt 558A, Chesnimnus. This expansion will allow the hunter possessing a tag for Bighorn Sheep Hunt 558A to also hunt in the Snake River No. 1 (539A1) hunt. Because the sheep have moved from the hunt area because of a large wildlife, this amendment is necessary to allow the hunter possessing an unused once in a lifetime bighorn sheep tag an opportunity to an adjacent unburned area.

14. 635-021-0090
Thief Valley Reservoir Sport Gamefish Harvest Opportunity

Adopted September 5, 2012: effective September 7, 2012 through February 27, 2013.
Amended rule authorizes increased catch limits and methods of take in Thief Valley Reservoir. Due to low water storage levels, the reservoir will be drained of storage water and fish will be trapped in isolated pools and stressed by warm and turbid water. Rule modifications provide the public opportunity to salvage fish that will otherwise die when Thief Valley Reservoir is drained for irrigation purposes.

Exhibit A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve the draft August 3 and August 14, 2012 Commission minutes.


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit B: ACCESS AND HABITAT PROJECT FUNDING

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

Matthew Keenan, Access and Habitat Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Approval


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit C: RESTORATION AND ENHANCEMENT PROJECT FUNDING

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

Josie Thompson, Restoration and Enhancement Program Coordinator
Public Testimony
Informational


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit D: 2013 OREGON SPORT FISHING REGULATION DEVELOPMENT

The Commission will be asked to approve the amended rules to adopt sport fishing regulations for 2013.

Rhine Messmer, Recreational Fisheries Program Manager
Public Testimony
Rulemaking


Attachments: (pdf)

ADJOURN


FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION MEETINGS & TOPICS

October 5, 2012 – Salem

  • Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP) Annual Report
  • 2013 Big Game Regulations
  • Sage Grouse Plan Update
  • Mule Deer Initiative Update

November 2012 – No meeting scheduled

December 7, 2012 – Portland (Congressional District 3)

  • Access and Habitat Projects
  • Restoration and Enhancement Projects; Board Member Appointment


AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 AM on September 7, 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.

On September 7, 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 Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Hwy. 395, Hermiston, Oregon 97838, 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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