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COMMISSION AGENDA: Friday, July 10, 2020

Meeting:

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
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2020

Friday, July 10, 2020 - 8:00 AM
See notes at the bottom of this agenda for instructions how to register to testify on the following exhibits

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports – in written form only

Expenditure Report

Erica Kleiner, Deputy Director of Administration

Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee Update

Staff:
Davia Palmeri, Conservation Strategy Coordinator
Dr. Karl Wenner, Chairman; Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee

Delisting of ESA Fish in Oregon: A Public/Private Conservation Success Story

Staff:
Bruce McIntosh; Assistant Administrator, Inland Fisheries
Brian Bangs; Native Fish Investigations Project Biologist


Attachments: (pdf)

 

 

 

ADOPT TEMPORARY RULES


Curt Melcher, Director

Attachments: (pdf)

1.) 635-017-0095
2020 Lower Willamette River Sturgeon Fishery

Adopted June 17, 2020: effective June 20 through June 27, 2020.
The amended rule opens white sturgeon retention on Saturday June 20, 2020 and Saturday June 27, 2020 in the Lower Willamette River (downstream of the annual spawning sanctuary) including the Multnomah Channel.

2.) 635-021-0090
Malheur River Salmon Fishery

Adopted May 21, 2020: effective June 19 through August 15, 2020.
The amended rule allows Burns Paiute Tribal members to angle for hatchery Chinook salmon released in the Malheur River using traditional methods as regulated by adopted tribal regulations. The general public is allowed to fish for hatchery salmon with a valid angling license and using methods allowed by the 2020 regulations. This rule is needed to allow recreational harvest of spring Chinook salmon in the Malheur River from the Bluebucket Creek confluence upstream to the headwaters of McCoy Creek, Lake Creek, Big Creek and tributaries, and Bosonberg Creek.

3.) 635-023-0128
Columbia River Recreational Salmon and Steelhead Summer Season Closure

Adopted June 24, 2020: effective June 25 through July 31, 2020.
The amended rule closes summer recreational fisheries for hatchery steelhead and sockeye in mainstem Columbia River effective June 25, 2020.This amended rule is needed to prohibit angling for and retention of salmon and steelhead in the mainstem Columbia River from the Astoria-Megler Bridge upstream to the Oregon/Washington boarder (above McNary Dam). Failure to restrict retention will result in further exceeding the Federal ESA harvest guideline for sockeye in non-treaty fisheries.

4.) 635-004-0355
Commercial Nearshore Fishery In-season Black Rockfish Trip Limit Increases for Periods 4-6.

Adopted June 29, 2020: effective July 5 through December 31, 2020.
The amended rule increases the in-season trip limits for the commercial black rockfish fishery for periods 4-6 (July thru December 2020) by 600 pounds for each remaining period. Period 4 (July thru August 2020) will increase from 1,800 pounds to 2,400 pounds. Periods 5 (September thru October 2020) & 6 (November thru December 2020) will each increase from 1,500 pounds to 2,100 pounds. This rule is needed to increase opportunity for attaining a larger proportion of the black rockfish commercial harvest guideline.

5.) 635-041-0076
Treaty Indian Commercial Summer Salmon Fisheries

Adopted June 30, 2020: effective July 1 through July 31, 2020.
The amended rule authorizes the sales of fish caught in Treaty Indian commercial summer salmon gillnet fisheries downstream of Bonneville Dam as follows: From 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020 through 6:00 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2020 (2.5 days) with a minimum 7-inch mesh size gear restriction. From 6:00 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2020 through 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 9, 2020 with no minimum mesh size gear restriction.

6.) 635-016-0090
Umpqua River Wild Chinook Salmon Bag Limit Reduction

Adopted June 10, 2020: effective July 1 through November 30, 2020.
The amended rule reduces the bag limit of adult wild Chinook salmon from the Umpqua River to no more than one per day and five for the period of July 1 through November 30, 2020. Spawner returns in 2019 were unexpectedly and unusually low and there is uncertainty in the abundance forecast for 2020.

7.) 635-018-0090
Angling Regulation Modifications in Eagle Creek and the Deschutes River

Adopted May14, 2020: effective July 1 through September 15, 2020
The amended rule reduces the daily bag limit for hatchery steelhead to one fish when retention is allowed in the summer and fall for Eagle Creek and the Deschutes River. This amended rule is needed to reduce harvest related mortalities of hatchery and wild steelhead due to the low predicted upriver steelhead return in 2020.

8.) 635-019-0090
Angling Regulations Modifications in the Lower John Day River

Adopted May14, 2020: effective July 1 through August 31, 2020
The amended rule 1) reduces the daily bag limit for hatchery steelhead to one fish when retention is allowed in the summer and fall in the lower John Day River, and 2) close steelhead retention in the lower John Day River from September 1 through December 31 consistent with regulations for the adjacent section of the mainstem Columbia River. This amended rule is needed to reduce harvest related mortalities of hatchery and wild steelhead due to the low predicted upriver steelhead return in 2020.

9.) 635-023-0128
Columbia River Recreational Chinook Salmon Limited Summer Season

Adopted July 1, 2020: effective July 4 through July 8, 2020.
This amended rule opens recreational adult Chinook salmon retention in the Columbia River mainstem effective July 4, 2020 through July 8, 2020 from Tongue Point-Rocky Point upstream to the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam).

10.) 635-005-0290, 635-005-0355
Establish Commercial Yaquina Bay Gaper Clam Fishery Quota and Harvest Area

Adopted July 2, 2020: effective July 2 through December 28, 2020.
Rule establishes a 20,000 pound annual harvest quota and designates a harvest area for the commercial Gaper Clam Fishery in Yaquina Bay. Commercial dive harvests of gaper clams in Yaquina Bay increased markedly in 2018, and recent stock assessment data indicates that repeated harvest at similar levels may not be sustainable. Analysis of survey biomass data and estimates of anticipated harvest rates indicate that a harvest quota of 20,000 pounds is an appropriate level for the season opening July 1, 2020. Additional work to determine appropriate management measures for the long-term is underway.

11.) 635-017-0090
2020 Clackamas River Hatchery Spring Chinook Closure

Adopted July 2, 2020: effective July 4 through November 30, 2020.
This amended rule temporarily closes the Clackamas River, including Estacada Lake, and Eagle Creek (a tributary to the Clackamas River) to the retention of hatchery spring Chinook from July 4, 2020 through November 30, 2020. This rule is needed to reduce the number of fish harvested to help meet broodstock needs of the spring Chinook program at Clackamas Hatchery. Current adult returns are extremely low, and at the current pace of returns broodstock needs will not be met.

12.) 635-004-0275
Federal Actions and Management Measures Implemented for Commercial Groundfish Fisheries

Adopted June 10, 2020: effective July 6 through December 31, 2020.
This amended rule adopts in-season actions previously adopted by the federal government for 2019-2020 Pacific Coast commercial groundfish fisheries, including but not limited to increased trip limits for sablefish, flatfish, lingcod, and several rockfish market categories or species in the Limited Entry Fixed Gear and Open Access fisheries.

13.) 635-042-0160, 635-042-0170
Modifications to 2020 Columbia River Select Area Commercial Fisheries

Adopted July 8, 2020: effective July 9 through July 30, 2020.
This amended rule adds five fishing periods for 2020 summer commercial salmon seasons in Blind/Knappa Slough and Tongue Point/South Channel Select Areas.

14.) 635-023-0128
Columbia River Recreational Chinook Salmon Summer Season Extended

Adopted July 8, 2020: effective July 9 through July 31, 2020.
This amended rule 1) opens recreational Chinook salmon retention in the Columbia River mainstem effective July 9, 2020 through July 15, 2020 from Tongue Point-Rocky Point upstream to the OR/WA border (upstream of McNary Dam), and 2) closes shad angling in Bonneville Pool (Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam) to minimize additional ESA-listed sockeye handle.

15.) 635-041-0076
Treaty Indian Commercial Summer Salmon Fisheries

Adopted July 8, 2020: effective July 8 through July 31, 2020.
These amended rules authorize the sales of fish caught in Treaty Indian commercial summer salmon gillnet fisheries on the Columbia River downstream of Bonneville Dam from 6:00 a.m. Monday, July 13, 2020 through 6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 16, 2020 with no minimum mesh size gear restriction.

EXHIBIT A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve draft Commission meeting minutes from June 12, 2020.

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT B: 2021-2023 BUDGET APPROVAL

The Commission will be asked to approve the proposed 2021-23 Agency Request Budget.

Staff:
Erica Kleiner, Deputy Director for Administration
Brandy Nichols, Budget, and Economic Services Manager

Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT C: CLIMATE and OCEAN CHANGE POLICY

The Commission will be asked to adopt a Climate and Ocean Change policy that provides overarching guidance on a coordinated, effective, and efficient response to changing climates and ocean conditions.

Staff:
Davia Palmeri, Conservation Policy Coordinator;
Shaun Clements, Senior Policy Analyst

Public Testimony: 48 hour Advance Registration Required

Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT D: COMMERCIAL COASTAL PELAGIC FISHERIES

The Commission will be asked to amend rule related to commercial coastal pelagic species along the Oregon Coast consistent with Federal regulations for these fisheries.

Staff: Maggie Sommers, Marine Fisheries Program Manager

Public Testimony: 48 hour Advance Registration Required

Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

OTHER BUSINESS
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FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION TOPICS

*Written public comments for future Commission Topics can be submitted in writing prior to the meeting date at ODFW.Commission@state.or.us or mailed to 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE Salem, OR 97302.

August 7, 2020 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2020

  • 2021 Sport Fish Regulations – Rulemaking
  • Pride Award Recognition
  • Game Bird Regulations; Sage-Grouse population update and tag approval –  Rulemaking
  • Monitoring Schedule for Myxobolus Cerebralis at Fish Rearing Facilities in Oregon – Rulemaking
  • Springhill Pumping Plant Fish Screening Exemption -- Approval
  • Dungeness Crab / Whale Entanglement –  Director’s Report    

September 11, 2020 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2020

  • A&H Project Funding – Approval
  • Big Game Regulations; 2021 Tags and Season Dates – Rulemaking
  • Bowman Dam Hydroelectric Project Fish Passage Waiver – Approval
  • Dungeness Crab/ Whale Entanglement - Rulemaking

October 9, 2020 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2020

November 13, 2020 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open September 15, 2020

  • Marbled Murrelet Consideration to Up-list –  Rulemaking

December 11, 2020 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2020

  • A&H Project Funding – Approval
  • Ground fisheries and Nearshore Logbook Report – Rulemaking
  • R&E Project Approval –  Approval

 


PLEASE NOTE

AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. July 10, 2020 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 or see the agency’s website at https://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/.

The Commission will take a lunch recess as close to 12:00 p.m. as the agenda will accommodate.  

PUBLIC TESTIMONY REGISTRATION
If you wish to give verbal testimony on any Exhibit scheduled on the July 10 agenda, you must register before 8:00AM Wednesday July 8, 2020 a minimum of 48 hours prior to the meeting.

HOW TO REGISTER TO SPEAK AT THE JULY 10TH, 2020 COMMISSION MEETING
When registering to testify please provide your first and last name, what exhibit (topic) you would like to speak to, a valid email address, and a phone number.
Listed below are three ways that you can register:

  1. Click on the link provided on the agenda: fill out the registration form; and click submit.
  2. Send an email to the ODFW.Commission@state.or.us ; in your email, the information listed above must be provided.
  3. Call the Department at 503-947-6044 or 503-507-5546.

PUBLIC TESTIMONY
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. Limit testimony to three (3) minutes, recognizing that substance, not length, determines the value of testimony or written information;
  2. Endorse rather than repeat testimony of other witnesses; and
  3. Groups or organizations wishing to testify should designate one spokesperson whenever possible.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO PRESENT YOUR VIEWS
Materials delivered to the Director’s Office sufficiently in advance of the meeting will distributed to the Commission in advance of the meeting; any correspondence or materials received less than 72 hours prior to the meeting will be provided to the Commissioners the day of the meeting. If you have questions regarding this Agenda, please contact Michelle Tate, Director’s Office, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem, Oregon, 97302, or call 503- 947-6033.

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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