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COMMISSION AGENDA: March 17 & 18, 2022

Workshop:

Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 1:00-4:00 PM


Virtual Meeting

Printable Agenda (pdf)

Meeting:

Friday, March 18, 2022 - 8:00 AM


Virtual Meeting

Printable Agenda (pdf)

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2022

Thursday, March 17, 2022
FISH PASSAGE WORKSHOP

The Commission will be provided with an informational presentation on the Fish Passage program, including fish passage background, relevant statutes and rules, Department processes, opportunities, and challenges for improving fish passage.

Staff: Shaun Clements, Fish Division Deputy Administrator
Alan Ritchey, Fish Passage and Screening Program Manager
Greg Apke, Fish Passage Coordinator

View this Commission meeting on YouTube

Attachments: (pdf)

Friday, March 18, 2022
See notes on the last page of this agenda for instructions on how to register to testify on the exhibit items.
DIRECTOR’S REPORT

Field Reports – in written form only

Attachments: (pdf)

EXPENDITURE REPORT

Shannon Hurn, Deputy Director


Attachments: (pdf)

2022 LEGISLATIVE SESSION UPDATE

Debbie Colbert, Deputy Director


Attachments: (pdf)

ADAPTING TO CLIMATE AND OCEAN CHANGE REPORT

Oregon Action Team for Ungulate Migration, conjunction with an The Oregon Connectivity Assessment Mapping Project (OCAMP) update.

Bernadette Graham Hudson, Wildlife Division Administrator
Dr. Rachel Wheat, Wildlife Connectivity Coordinator
Mike Totey, Oregon Hunters Association

Attachments: (pdf)

2022 COLUMBIA RIVER SALMON STOCK STATUS

John North, Acting Fish Division Deputy Administrator

Attachments: (pdf)

ADOPT TEMPORARY RULES

Debbie Colbert, Deputy Director

Attachments: (pdf)

  1. 635-041-0065
    Set Treaty Commercial Winter Fisheries
    Adopted 02/23/2022: effective 02/24/2022 through 03/19/2022.
    These amended rules authorize the sales of fish caught in Zone 6 treaty gillnet fisheries to include open periods from March 2 through March 4 in the Bonneville Pool, February 24 through February 28 in The Dalles Pool, and extending the open period through February 28 in the John Day Pool.

  2.  635-042-0145, 635-042-0160, 635-042-0170, 635-042-0180
    Adopt Select Area Commercial Fisheries
    Adopted 02/23/2022: effective 02/24/2022 through 07/31/2022.
    These rules allow possession and sales of legal-sized white sturgeon from February 24 through July 28 in the 2022 winter, spring, and summer Select Area commercial fisheries. The following fisheries are addressed by these rules:
    • Blind/Knappa Slough,
    • Tongue Point/South Channel,
    • Youngs Bay, and
    • Deep River.

  3.  635-019-0090
    Open Lower John Day River Fisheries
    Adopted 02/28/2022: effective 03/01/2022 through 05/31/2022.
    This amended rule opens the lower portion of the John Day River to harvest of some fish species
    from March 1 through May 21.

  4.  635-023-0125
    Set Recreational Spring Salmon Season in the Columbia River
    This amended rule sets the Columbia River and modifies the Select Area recreational salmon
    fisheries from March 1 through June 15.

  5. 635-023-0095
    Modify Columbia River Basin White Sturgeon Retention Fisheries in Bonneville and The Dalles Pools
    Adopted 02/28/2022: effective 03/01/2022 through 06/15/2022.
    This amended rule allows retention of white sturgeon on the mainstem Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam (Bonneville Pool) and adjacent tributaries on March 9 and March 16. The amended rule also extends the limited on-going white sturgeon retention fishery on the mainstem Columbia River from The Dalles Dam upstream to John Day Dam (The Dalles Pool) and adjacent tributaries through March 30.

  6. 635-042-0130
    Adopt Non-Treaty Columbia River Commercial Mainstem Smelt Fishery
    Adopted 03/01/2022: effective 03/01/2022 through 03/18/2022.
    This rule extends the 2022 non-Treaty commercial smelt fishery in Zones 1-3 of the lower Columbia River on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. from January 26 through March 18.

  7. 635-023-0095
    Close White Sturgeon Retention Fishery in the John Day Pool
    Adopted 03/09/2022: 03/10/2022 through 06/26/2022.
    This amended rule closes retention of white sturgeon on the mainstem Columbia River from the John Day Dam upstream to McNary Dam (John Day Pool) and adjacent tributaries beginning March 10.

  8. 635-041-0065
    Set Treaty Commercial Fishing Period
    Adopted 03/09/2022: effective Start Date through End Date.
    These amended rules authorize the sales of fish caught in Zone 6 treaty gillnet fisheries to include an open period from March 12 through March 16 in the John Day Pool.

  9. 635-023-0095
    Rescind White Sturgeon Retention Fishery in the Bonneville Pool
    Adopted 3/15/22: effective 3/16/22 through 6/26/22.
    This amended rule rescinds the previously-adopted retention fishing day on March 16 for white sturgeon on the mainstem Columbia River from Bonneville Dam upstream to The Dalles Dam (Bonneville Pool) and adjacent tributaries
OTHER BUSINESS

 

 
COMMISSION UPDATES

Trap Check Working Group
Beaver Management Working Group
Wildlife Response Working Group

Attachments: (pdf)

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 before 8:00 AM, March 16, 2022 (at least 48 hours prior to the meeting) to be included in the public forum).

Rock Creek Fish Hatchery

Tom Kress, Douglas County Commissioner

Southern Oregon Community Support to Reconstruct Rock Creek Hatchery

Matt Hill, Executive Director; Douglas Timber Operators

 

Columbia River Allocation between User Groups; Loss of Enhancement Money

Steve Fick
Jim Wells

 

The Need for Clear, Objective Temperature Guidelines for Angling Closures

Liz Perkin, Native Fish Society

 

Recognition of dedication to public service and recent decisions

Lyle Curtis

 

North Umpqua summer steelhead

Rob Kirschner, The Conservation Angler
Kirk Blaine, Native Fish Society

Hatchery summer steelhead on the North Umpqua.

Becky McRae

 

Columbia River wild steelhead

David Moskowitz



EXHIBIT A: COMMISSION MINUTES

The Commission will be asked to approve draft Commission meeting minutes from February 18, 2022

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT B: ACCESS AND HABITAT PROJECT FUNDING AND BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS

The Commission will be asked to approve the Access and Habitat Board recommendations for project funding and appoint one Landowner Representative and a Chairman to the Access and Habitat Board.

Staff: Travis Schultz, Access & Habitat Program Coordinator

Public Testimony. 48-hour Advance Registration Required

Approval and Appointment

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT C: ADMINISTRATIVE RULES FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RESTORATION WEIRS (HB 2298)

The Commission will be asked to approve rules for a program authorizing voluntary stream restoration projects through the construction of environmental restoration weirs. These rules are required by House Bill 2298.  

Staff: Katherine Nordholm, Fish Screens and Passage Coordinator
Dr. Shaun Clements, Fish Division Deputy Administrator

Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance Registration Required

Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT D: INDIAN CREEK FISH PASSAGE WAIVER

The Commission will be asked to approve a fish passage waiver and associated mitigation for a fish passage obstruction on Indian Creek with fish passage improvements on Evans Creek.

Staff: Pete Baki, ODFW-ODOT Fish Passage Liaison
Dr. Shaun Clements, Fish Division Deputy Administrator

Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance Registration Required

Approval

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT E: OCEAN SALMON BRIEFING

The Commission will be updated on 2022 ocean salmon fishery planning leading up to the March 15, 2022, salmon season start date.

Staff: Christine Mallette, Ocean Salmon Technical Services Manager
John North, Fish Division Deputy Administrator

Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance Registration Required

Informational

Attachments: (pdf)

EXHIBIT F: RECREATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL HARVEST OF SHELLFISH TO ADDRESS NEARSHORE ECOSYSTEM CONDITIONS AND MANAGEMENT OF FISHERIES

The Commission will be asked to approve a package of management actions proposed to address issues regarding the commercial and recreational harvest of shellfish.

Staff: Dr. Steve Rumrill, Shellfish Program Lead

Public Testimony: 48-hour Advance Registration Required

Rulemaking

Attachments: (pdf)

EXECUTIVE SESSION

This Executive Session is held pursuant to ORS 192.660 (2)(f) to consider information or records that are exempt by law from public inspection, as well as to consult with legal counsel concerning legal rights and duties regarding current litigation likely to be filed as authorized by ORS 192.660 (2)(h).


ADJOURN
 
FUTURE PROPOSED COMMISSION TOPICS

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

April 21, 2022 – Astoria

  • TOUR
  • Commission Reception
April 22, 2022 – Astoria

*Written public comment period will open February 15, 2022

  • 2022-2023 Oregon Game Bird Regulations – Rulemaking
  • 2022 Ocean Salmon Fisheries and Ocean Terminal Fisheries – Rulemaking
  • Amend Burns Paiute Tribe Ceremonial Harvest Permit Hunt Area – Rulemaking
  • North Umpqua Summer Steelhead Hatchery Program – Approval
  • 2022 Pacific Halibut Fishing Regulations- Rulemaking
  • Beaver Management Working Group Report- Director's Report
  • Gray Wolf Population Annual Update – Director's Report

May 13, 2022 – Salem – VIRTUAL

*Written public comment period will open March 15, 2022

  • Agency Requested Budget Overview

June 17, 2022 – TBD

*Written public comment period will open April 15, 2022

  • Furbearer and Unprotected Mammal Regulations – Rulemaking
  • Access and Habitat Project Funding- Approval
  • 2023 Auction/Raffle Tag Allocation- Approval

July 15, 2022 – HOLD No Meeting Scheduled

*Written public comment period will open May 15, 2022

August 5, 2022 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open June 15, 2022

September 16, 2022 – TBD

*Written public comment period will open July 15, 2022

  • Access and Habitat Project Funding- Approval
  • Big Game Regulations; 2023 Tag Setting, Seasons, and Regulations- Rulemaking

October 14, 2022 – Salem

*Written public comment period will open August 15, 2022

November 18, 2022 – HOLD No Meeting Scheduled

*Written public comment period will open September 15, 2022

December 16, 2022 – TBD

*Written public comment period will open October 15, 2022

  • Access and Habitat Project Funding- Approval


PLEASE NOTE

AGENDA

The Commission meeting will begin at 8:00 a.m. March 18, 2022. 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 Exhibits scheduled on the Friday, March 18 agenda, you must register (Registration) before 8:00AM Wednesday March 16, 2022; a minimum of 48 hour prior to the meeting.

HOW TO REGISTER TO SPEAK AT THE COMMISSION MEETING
When registering to testify please provide first and last name, topic, a valid email address, and  phone number.

Listed below are three way that you can register:

  1. Click on the link provided on the agenda: fill out the Registration; and click submit.  
  2. Send an email the ODFW.Commission@odfw.oregon.gov; in your email, the information listed above must be provided.
  3. Call the Department at 503-947-6044

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.

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, or ODFW.Commission@odfw.oregon.gov.  YOU MUST REGISTER BEFORE 8:00AM WEDNESDAY MARCH 16, 2022; a minimum of 48 hour prior to the meeting. Please provide written summaries or other materials to the Commission Assistant prior to your testimony. The Commission is unable to act on items brought to their attention in this forum.

Materials delivered to the Director's Office sufficiently in advance of the meeting will be distributed to the Commission prior of the meeting day; 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.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE TIME TO PRESENT YOUR VIEWS

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 connect to 503-947-6044.

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