Commercial Dungeness crab season delayed

Tweet Commercial Dungeness crab season delayed Nov. 16, 2017 NEWPORT, Ore. – The traditional Dec. 1 opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 16 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are too low in meat yield.  The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon is targeted to open Dec. 1, but can be delayed to ensure a high-quality product to consumers and avoid wastage of the resource. Crab quality testing in early November showed that none of the test areas met the criteria for a Dec. 1 opening. The delayed opening will allow for crabs to fill with more meat. A second round of crab quality testing will occur in late November or early December, and the results will be used to determine if the season should open Dec. 16, be further delayed, or be split into two areas with different opening dates. Currently there are crab closures in effect for recreationally and commercially harvested crab from bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties due to elevated levels of domoic acid from Cape Foulweather to Tahkenitch Creek and from north jetty of Coos Bay to the California border. Crab harvesting outside of these areas remains open in bays and estuaries, and on beaches, docks, piers, and jetties. In conjunction with the delayed ocean commercial season, commercial harvest of Dungeness crab in Oregon bays that are currently open will close at 12:01 a.m. Dec. 1, but may reopen if the ocean commercial fishery opens in December. Recreational harvest of Dungeness crab in the ocean off Oregon will...

ODFW art contest winners announced

Tweet ODFW art contest winners announced Richard Clifton’s painting of Bufflehead took first in both the Waterfowl Stamp and People’s Choice contests. Artwork on display at Duck Pond Cellars. – Photo by Bob Swingle, ODFW – Wednesday, November 8, 2017 SALEM, Ore – Today the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the winners of its 2018 Habitat Conservation, Upland Game Bird, and Waterfowl Stamp art contests. Winners were chosen November 4 at the ODFW art show and wine release event at Duck Pond Cellars in Dundee. Upland Game Bird Stamp Winner – Rod Frederick of Bend, Oregon with his painting of Blue Grouse. Habitat Conservation Stamp Winner – Kip Richmond of North Carolina with his painting of Pygmy Rabbit. Waterfowl Stamp Winner – Richard Clifton of Delaware with his painting of Bufflehead. Frederick, Richmond and Clifton will each receive a prize award of $2,000. Winning artwork will be the face of the 2018 stamps and other promotional items to benefit Oregon’s species and habitats. Event visitors voted for their favorite artwork out of 65 entries on display. All the artwork was popular and there were many favorites, but the winner of the People’s Choice Award was the Bufflehead by Richard Clifton. Mickey Shilling took second with his Pacific Giant Octopus painting. See photos of all the 2018 contest entries: Habitat Conservation Upland Game Bird Waterfowl The art show was held at Duck Pond Cellars in conjunction with the release of their Conservation Cuvee – Lot 5. This is the fifth year the winery has produced unique blends of Pinot Noir that feature winning artwork from the Habitat Conservation...

OHRC Board to meet Nov. 14

Tweet OHRC Board to meet Nov. 14 Nov. 7, 2017 ALSEA, Ore. — The Oregon Hatchery Research Center Board will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Oregon Hatchery Research Center, 2418 East Fall Creek Road, Alsea OR 97324. The agenda includes an Introduction of the State Fisheries Geneticist, Dr. Kathleen O’Malley, a discussion about the OHRC Work Plan for 2018 and beyond, and election of the OHRC Board Chair/Vice-Chair for the upcoming term. The meeting is open to the public and an opportunity for public comment is scheduled.         The OHRC is a cooperative research project between the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Oregon State University, and the Board advises the OHRC Director on activities and functions related to the operation and maintenance of the OHRC. Reasonable accommodations will be provided as needed for individuals requesting assistive hearing devices, sign language interpreters or large-print materials at all ODFW public meetings. Individuals needing these types of accommodations may call the ODFW Director’s Office at 800-720-6339 or 503-947-6044 at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting. For more information about the OHRC visit ODFW’s web site www.dfw.state.or.us/OHRC/ or contact Joseph O’Neil, Facility Manager at 541-487-5510. ### Contact: Bruce McIntosh (503) 947-6208 Kerrie Tarkinton (541) 757-5101 Read more at...

Trick or trout: southwest reservoirs get stocked with more rainbows

Tweet Trick or trout: southwest reservoirs get stocked with more rainbows November 3, 2017 CENTRAL POINT, Ore – Halloween may be over, but ODFW still has some treats, so take those kids away from the candy bowl this weekend and into the great outdoors for some excellent trout fishing. Reservoirs in Jackson, Josephine and Curries counties are stocked this week and next with trophy-sized trout (12 to 15 inches) and legal-sized rainbows. Some lakes will also be stocked with fingerlings that will be ready for harvest next spring or summer. Medco Pond near Butte Falls: 350 trophy trout and 13,000 fingerlings. The east end of Medco Pond is on private property but plenty of access is on the west end of the lake with parking along the road. Willow Lake near Butte Falls: 2,500 legal and 500 trophy trout. Agate Reservoir: 350 trophy and 13,000 fingerlings. A Jackson County day use parking pass is required. Applegate and Lost Creek reservoirs: Both reservoirs offer excellent fall fishing. Lost Creek has received several trout stockings in October and Applegate is getting 1,000 trophy trout this week and 5,000 legals next week. Lake Selmac: In addition to 200 trophy trout stocked in October, another 1,000 legal and 200 trophy trout will be stocked next week. ODFW is also stocking 10,000 fingerlings for spring anglers. Garrison Lake near Port Orford: 1,500 trophy trout will be stocked on Friday. Weather is expected to be varied this weekend in the Rogue Valley with only a chance of rain Saturday. The mountains could see snow showers in the morning with clearing in the afternoon. The coast...

OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter – Union County

Tweet OSP investigates wolf killed by elk hunter – Union County PREVIEW News Release from Oregon State Police Preview posted on FlashAlert: November 2nd, 2017 9:56 AM On October 27, 2017 at about 11:30AM, an OSP Fish and Wildlife Trooper and an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife Biologist responded to the report of an elk hunter, who had self-reported shooting a wolf in Union County. The two responded to the hunter’s camp in the Starkey Wildlife Management Unit. The hunter, a 38-year-old male, from Clackamas, told the trooper he had been hunting elk alone, when he repeatedly noticed some type of animal moving around him. A short time later, the hunter observed three of what he assumed would be coyotes. He said at one point one of them began to run directly at him, while another made its way around him. The hunter stated he focused on the one running directly at him. He began to scream at it, and fearing for his life shot it one time. He said what he still believed to be a coyote died from the single shot. He stated that after the shot the other two disappeared out of sight. The hunter said he returned to his camp and told fellow hunters what had occurred. He said he was still uncertain if what he shot was a coyote. He said they returned to the location and came to the conclusion it was a wolf. The hunter then notified ODFW and OSP. Further investigation at the site of the shooting indicated the hunter was 27 yards from where he shot and where the...