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COMMISSION AGENDA: Friday, July 12, 2013

Teleconference Meeting

Friday, July 12, 2013 – 10:00 a.m.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Commission Room
3406 Cherry Avenue
Salem, Oregon 97303

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The Oregon Fish & Wildlife Commission is not currently in session.
Friday, July 12, 2013
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Adopt Temporary Rules
Roy Elicker, Director

1. 635-023-0125
Columbia River Recreational Spring Chinook Season Modified
Adopted June 7, 2013: effective June 8, 2013 through June 30, 2013.
This amended rule modifies the ongoing Columbia River recreational spring Chinook season that began Saturday, May 25 and runs through Saturday, June 15, 2013. Fishing is authorized in an area from Tongue Point/Rocky Point line upstream to the Bonneville Dam boat deadline (boat and bank angling). The daily bag limit is two (2) adult salmonids but only one may be a Chinook. Only adipose fin-clipped fish may be kept. All sockeye must be released. Revisions are consistent with action taken June 7, 2013 by Columbia River Compact agencies of the states of Oregon and Washington.

2. 635-041-0065
Sales of Fish Caught in Zone 6 Platform and Hook-and-Line Fisheries Allowed

Adopted June 7, 2013: effective June 8, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
Rule amendments allow sales in Oregon of fish caught in Zone 6 Platform and Hook-and-Line Treaty Indian spring commercial fisheries beginning 6:00 a.m. Saturday, June 8 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Revisions are consistent with action taken June 7, 2013 by Columbia River Compact agencies of the states of Oregon and Washington.

3. 635-023-0128
2013 Columbia River Summer Recreational Fisheries Implemented

Adopted June 10, 2013: effective June 16, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
This amended rule implements the summer recreational salmon fishing seasons in the Columbia River. Modifications to regulations for 2013 conform to recent regulation changes developed through the Pacific Fishery Management Council/North of Falcon Process. Housekeeping and technical corrections to the regulations were made to ensure rule consistency.

4. 635-005-0355
Tillamook Bay Commercial Cockle Clam Dive Fishery Closes

Adopted June 11, 2013: effective June 15, 2013 through December 11, 2013.
The amended rule closes the Tillamook Bay commercial cockle clam dive fishery at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013 due to a projected attainment of the 90,000 pound annual harvest quota allowed under bay clam dive permits. Modifications are consistent with requirements described in OAR 635-005-0355 sections (2) and (3).

5. 635-041-0045 and 635-041-0076
Columbia River Treaty Indian Summer Chinook Commercial Fisheries Implemented

Adopted June 11, 2013: effective June 16, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
Rule modifications implement summer Chinook commercial gill net and hook-and-line fisheries in the Columbia River for all of Zone 6, and in Zone 5 below Bonneville Dam. Modifications allow sales of fish caught during those fisheries. Revisions are consistent with action taken June 11, 2013 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes.

6. 635-042-0027
2013 Columbia River Non-Indian Summer Chinook Commercial Gillnet Fishery Implemented

Adopted June 11, 2013: effective June 16, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
This amended rule implements the 2013 summer Chinook salmon non-Indian commercial gillnet fishery in the Columbia River mainstem consistent with provisions of the US v. Oregon management agreement. Modifications allow an 8-hour non-Indian commercial summer Chinook fishing period in the mainstem Columbia River beginning at 9:00 p.m. Sunday, June 16 through 5:00 a.m. Monday, June 17, 2013. Fishing is authorized in all of Zones 1 through 5. Implementation is consistent with action taken June 11, 2013 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

7. 635-023-0095
Recreational White Sturgeon Fisheries in Columbia River Close Earlier Than Scheduled

Adopted June 18, 2013: effective June 21, 2013 through October 31, 2013.
This amended rule closes previously set recreational white sturgeon fisheries earlier than scheduled due to higher than expected catch rates resulting in an early attainment of the pre-season harvest guideline. The areas being closed are: 1) the river mainstem from Wauna powerlines downstream to the mouth at Buoy 10 at 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013; and 2) the Bonneville Pool at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013. Rule modifications were made consistent with Joint State Action taken June 18, 2013 by Columbia River Compact agencies of the states of Oregon and Washington.

8. 635-014-0090
Three Rivers Angling Regulations Modified Effective June 30, 2013

Adopted June 20, 2013: effective June 30, 2013 through September 30, 2013.
The rule modifications delay the spring Chinook fishery closure at Three Rivers from July 1 until July 16, 2013 in order to allow anglers greater opportunity to harvest hatchery spring Chinook.

9. 635-021-0090
Additional Harvest Opportunity During Recreational Fishing Season for Lofton Reservoir

Adopted June 20, 2013: effective July 1, 2013 through December 27, 2013.
This amended rule liberalizes daily catch or possession limits and gear types, and removes size limits for game fish in Lofton Reservoir from July 1 through October 13, 2013. The Reservoir is scheduled for treatment with rotenone on October 22, 2013. These modifications will aid in reducing fish stocks prior to eradication of all fish in the lake.

10. 635-019-0090
Spring Chinook Fisheries in the Imnaha River

Adopted June 25, 2013: effective July 5, 2013 through December 31, 2013.
This amended rule allows recreational anglers opportunity to harvest adipose fin-clipped adult and jack Chinook salmon, which are in excess of the Department's hatchery production needs, in the Imnaha River beginning Friday, July 5, 2013. Harvest of adipose-clipped adult salmon will only be allowed through July 7, 2013. Thereafter jack salmon may be harvested with a daily bag limit of five jacks.

11. 635-023-0095
John Day Pool Closes to Retention of White Sturgeon Saturday, June 29, 2013

Adopted June 26, 2013: effective June 29, 2013 through October 31, 2013.
This amended rule closes the recreational white sturgeon fishery in the John Day Pool of the Columbia River effective 12:01 a.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013. Modifications were made consistent with Joint State Action taken June 26, 2013 by Columbia River Compact agencies of the states of Oregon and Washington.

12. 635-041-0076
Columbia River Treaty Indian Summer Chinook Commercial Fisheries Modified

Adopted June 26, 2013: effective June 29, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
This amended rule authorizes a 2.5 day Treaty Indian Summer Chinook commercial gill net fishery in Zone 6 of the Columbia River. Further modifications restrict fishing in the ongoing Platform and Hook-and-line fisheries in all of Zone 6 and below Bonneville Dam to 5 days per week. Revisions are consistent with action taken June 26, 2013 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes.

13. 635-023-0128
2013 Columbia River Summer Chinook and Steelhead Recreational Fisheries Modified

Adopted June 27: effective June 27, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
This amended rule modifies the Chinook and summer steelhead recreational fishing season in the Columbia River. Modifications to regulations for 2013 conform to recent regulation changes developed through the Pacific Fishery Management Council/North of Falcon Process. Housekeeping and technical corrections to the regulations were made to ensure rule consistency.

14. 635-039-0085
Spring Pacific Ocean Sport Halibut All-Depth Season Closure from Cape Falcon to Humbug Mountain

Adopted June 27: effective June 28, 2013 through August 2, 2013.
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 Friday, June 28 due to the projected attainment of the pre-season quota of 120,947 pounds on June 28, 2013. This rule is consistent with regulations previously implemented by the federal government and the International Pacific Halibut Commission for the 2013 Oregon sport fishery for Pacific halibut.

15. 635-006-0212, 635-006-0215 and 635-006-0225
Allow Commercial Sales of Dressed Salmon and Steelhead by Columbia River Treaty Tribal Fishers

Adopted July 2: effective July 3, 2013 through December 30, 2013.
These amended rules allow commercial sales of gilled and gutted Columbia River salmon and steelhead caught by Treaty tribal members to wholesale fish dealers, canners, and buyers. Amendments also require wholesale fish dealers, canners, and buyers to report in round weights on the Fish Receiving Ticket using a conversion factor 1.15.

16. 635-017-0090
Additional Opportunity for Personal Use Harvest of Pacific Lamprey at Willamette Falls Allowed

Adopted July 2: effective July 11, 2013 through July 31 2013.
This amended rule allows for one additional day for personal use harvest of Pacific lamprey, on Thursday, July 11, 2013, by individuals with the required permit. The season modification provides opportunity for harvest of lamprey that may become stranded due to the scheduled installation of water flow devices at Willamette Falls.

17. 635-041-0076
Columbia River Commercial Treaty Indian Summer Chinook Fisheries Modified

Adopted July 3, 2013: effective July 6, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
This amended rule authorizes a 3.5 day Treaty Indian Summer Chinook commercial gill net fishery in Zone 6 of the Columbia River. Modifications authorize the ongoing Platform and Hook-and-line fisheries in Zone 6 and below Bonneville Dam to be conducted seven (7) days per week. Fish caught during open periods may be sold at any time or retained for subsistence. Revisions are consistent with action taken July 3, 2013 by the Columbia River Compact agencies, the states of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes.

18. 635-023-0128
2013 Columbia River Recreational Summer Sockeye Fishery Opened

Adopted July 10: effective July 13, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
This amended rule allows recreational harvest of sockeye salmon in the ongoing Columbia River summer fishery beginning July 13 through July 31, 2013. Revisions are consistent with action taken July 10, 2013 by the Columbia River Compact agencies, the states of Oregon and Washington.

19. 635-041-0076
Columbia River Treaty Indian Summer Commercial Gill Net Season Authorized

Adopted July 10, 2013: effective July 15, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
This amended rule authorizes a 3.5 day Treaty Indian Summer Chinook commercial gill net fishery in Zone 6 of the Columbia River from 6:00 a.m. Monday, July 15 through 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 18, 2013. Fish caught during this open period may be sold at any time or retained for subsistence. Revisions are consistent with action taken July 10, 2013 by the Columbia River Compact agencies, the states of Oregon and Washington in cooperation with the Columbia River Treaty Tribes.

20. 635-042-0027
Non-Indian Columbia River Commercial Summer Chinook Gillnet Fishery Authorized

Adopted July 10, 2013: effective July 15, 2013 through July 31, 2013.
This amended rule authorizes a non-Indian commercial gillnet fishery for summer Chinook salmon in the Columbia River mainstem consistent with provisions of the US v. Oregon management agreement. Modifications allow an 8-hour fishing period in the mainstem Columbia River beginning at 9:00 p.m. Monday, July 15 through 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013. Fishing is authorized in all of Zones 1 through 5. Rule modifications are consistent with action taken July 10, 2013 by the Columbia River Compact agencies of Oregon and Washington.

Exhibit A: MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve the Thursday, June 6, 2013 Commission minutes.



Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit B: WOLF CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN

The Commission will be asked to approve the addendum and amendments to the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan

Ron Anglin, Wildlife Division Administrator
Public Testimony
Rulemaking


Attachments: (pdf)

Exhibit C: DELEGATION OF AUTHORITY TO DIRECTOR TO APPOINT COMMERCIAL FISHERY PERMIT BOARD MEMBERS

The Commission will be asked to delegate authority to Director Roy Elicker to appoint
Commercial Fishery Permit Board members.

DeAnna Erickson, License Services Manager
Public Testimony
Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

ADJOURN
 
FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION MEETINGS & TOPICS

August 2, 2013 – Eugene (Congressional District 4)

  • 2013-2014 Oregon Game Bird Regulations
  • Bear and Cougar Five-year Management Plan Review
  • 2014 Oregon Sport fishing Regulations

September 4-5-6, 2013 – Medford

  • Access and Habitat Projects
  • Cougar Management Plan

October 4, 2013 – Newport

  • 2014 Big Game Regulations

November 2013 – No meeting scheduled

December 6, 2013 – Portland (Congressional District 3)

  • Access and Habitat Projects


AGENDA

The Commission teleconference will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 12, 2013. 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/.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY

The Public may submit oral or written testimony to the Fish and Wildlife Commission during the July 12, 2013 meeting at the Department of Fish and wildlife headquarters in Salem, Oregon, as previously noticed. In addition, for convenience of the public, the department has added three satellite locations at which the public may testify during the meeting. The locations are as follows:

High Desert Region Office
61374 Parrell Rd
Bend, Or 97702

Southwest Region Office
4192 N Umpqua Highway
Roseburg, OR 97407

Northeast Region Office
107 20th Street
LaGrande, OR 97850

The link for the audio stream is http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/.

PARKING

Parking at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 3406 Cherry Avenue, Salem, Oregon 97303, is available to anyone who attends the Commission teleconference 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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