ODFW seeks comment on fish passage exemption

Tweet ODFW seeks comment on fish passage exemption Thursday, June 22, 2017 SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is seeking public comment on a request to exempt from fish passage requirements a proposed culvert at an unnamed tributary to Young’s Bay, which is connected to the Columbia River in Clatsop County. Comments are due by July 14, 2017. Jim Morinville, the Operations Manager with Warrenton Kia Automotive Dealership, plans to extend a parking area and install a new culvert in an drainage ditch which carries water to an unnamed tributary to Young’s Bay, a tributary to the Columbia River. This action has triggered Oregon’s fish passage laws. According to Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program coordinator, ODFW may grant fish passage exemptions if there are no benefits to native migratory fish from providing passage. Because of the site specific habitat conditions and other complete artificial obstructions below the project location, ODFW has made an initial determination that even if fish passage was provided, the action would still result in no net benefit to native migratory fish. If in the future, conditions change from which the decision was made, exemptions can be revoked and fish passage shall be addressed. Therefore, unless public comment is provided that would affect the Department’s determination, the exemption request will be approved. In the meantime, members of the public will have until July 14, 2017 to submit written comments on the proposed plan. The fish passage exemption application and the Department’s benefit analyses are available at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/passage/ . Members of the public can send written comments to request additional information...

ODFW seeks candidate for Fish Screening Task Force – Apply by July 21

Tweet ODFW seeks candidate for Fish Screening Task Force – Apply by July 21 Monday, June 19, 2017 SALEM, Ore. – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking a candidate to represent agricultural interests on the state’s Fish Screening Task Force. The ODFW Fish Screening Program helps water users install and maintain fish screens to prevent fish from entering water diversions. The Task Force advises ODFW on program development, implementation, monitoring, technology, funding and reporting. “Task Force members represent a variety of groups and interests, which is important in creating a program that’s responsive to fish and social needs,” said ODFW Fish Screens and Passage Program Manager Alan Ritchey. “This is a great opportunity to get directly involved helping make recommendations regarding Fish Screening Program implementation and to learn more about fish screening and passage issues,” he added. The Task Force meets three times a year at various locations, and meetings may include a field trip to project sites in the area. The seven members of the Task Force are appointed by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission. Three members represent agricultural interests, three members represent fishing or fish conservation interests, and one member represents the public at large. Members serve two-year terms and may be reappointed. Applications are due by July 21, 2017. Individuals interested in serving on the task force can apply by completing the application form found on the fish screening program website and submitting the completed application via email at alan.d.ritchey@state.or.us. For questions or additional information regarding the Task Force, please call (503) 947-6229. Completed applications may also be sent to Alan Ritchey,...

Detroit Reservoir: fishing, trout stocking continue under algae alert

Tweet Detroit Reservoir: fishing, trout stocking continue under algae alert June 8, 2017 CAMP ADAIR, Ore. — The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife wants to remind anglers that Detroit Reservoir, near Salem, remains open and safe for fishing, and that trout stocking continues. The reminder comes in light of a recent blue green algae health alert issued by the Oregon Department of Health. According to Elise Kelley, ODFW fish biologist, anglers can continue to safely catch, harvest and eat trout, kokanee and other fish from the reservoir by following these precautions: Refrain from dinking from or swimming in the reservoir, and otherwise limit contact with the water. Before eating fish caught in the reservoir, remove the skin, organs and fatty tissue around the belly. Cook fish thoroughly. Visitors to the reservoir should also keep dogs away from the water. Kelley asks anglers to report fish that are underweight, sluggish, or unresponsive in behavior to the ODFW Mid-Willamette district office (541-757-4186).     For more information about the health risks from blue green algae toxins and recommended precautions, visit the Oregon Health Authority website. ### Contact: Elise Kelley, 541-757-5249, elise.x.kelley@state.or.us Alex Farrand, 541-757-5239, alex.farrand@state.or.us Read more at...

Columbia River nearshore halibut fishery opens seven days a week

Tweet Columbia River nearshore halibut fishery opens seven days a week June 7, 2017 NEWPORT, ORE. –The Pacific halibut nearshore sport fishery in the Columbia River Subarea will open to seven days per week, starting this week. The all-depth fishery closed, with approximately 1,000 pounds remaining on the quota. That is not enough to open for additional all-depth days. That remaining quota has been transferred to the nearshore fishery, allowing the additional days per week to be open. The nearshore fishery will be open until the revised quota of 1,511 pounds is harvested, or September 30, whichever comes first. Opportunities to fish for Pacific halibut remain open in other areas of Oregon as well: Off central Oregon between Cape Falcon (near Manzanita) and Humbug Mountain (near Port Orford), anglers may fish for halibut inside the 40-fathom line beginning June 1, seven days a week through Oct. 31 or attainment of the harvest quota (28,897 pounds) for that fishery. The all-depth halibut fishery off central Oregon is next scheduled to be open June 8-10, with additional fixed open dates scheduled for June 15-17. The summer season all-depth is scheduled to begin on August 4-5 every other Friday and Saturday until Oct. 31 or the quota of 60,203 pounds has been met. The high-relief area of Stonewall Bank, west of Newport, is closed to all halibut fishing. The area between Humbug Mountain and the OR/CA Border is open at all depths for Pacific halibut seven days a week through Oct. 31 or until the quota of 10,039 pounds has been met, whichever comes first. Days on which Pacific halibut fishing is...

Run Wild at 5K outdoor skills event June 24 near Corvallis – Register now

Tweet Run Wild at 5K outdoor skills event June 24 near Corvallis – Register now Thursday, June 1, 2017 SALEM, Ore.—The whole family is welcome at an upcoming Running Wild 5K walk/run on Saturday, June 24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at E.E. Wilson Wildlife Area near Corvallis. Participants can try four different outdoor skills at stations along the trail: 1) trap shooting with a shotgun, 2) archery at the E.E. Wilson Archery Range, 3) spin casting at a target and 4) identifying wildlife tracks (where you can also create a plaster cast of different animal prints to take home). All activities are supervised by ODFW staff or certified hunter and angler education volunteers, who are trained to coach newcomers in outdoor skills and put safety first. Finally, see birds-of-prey up close at the finish line! Molalla’s Close Encounters with Perch Wildlife Education (affiliated with the American Wildlife Foundation) will host a raptor demonstration. Music and a wildlife information booth are also at the finish line.  The 5K trail will be marked and participants can visit the four outdoor skills stations in any order they choose. All outdoor skills events are optional so do one or do them all. Runners and walkers may also choose not to do the outdoor events and participate in the 5K event only. The event is sponsored by the Owen Denny Chapter of Pheasants Forever which helps conserve pheasants, quail and other wildlife through habitat improvement, public awareness, and education. Proceeds from the Running Wild event will benefit their organization. For safety reasons, no dogs are allowed at the Running Wild event. Cost (does not...