Release from ODFW
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today approved removing the bald eagle from the Oregon Endangered Species List. Commissioners called recovery of bald eagles in Oregon a great success made possible through the cooperation of many agencies, landowners and other partners. Biologists estimated a minimum population of 570 nesting pairs of bald eagles in Oregon in 2010, compared to just 65 pairs in 1978. The bald eagle was removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in 2007. Bald eagles are still protected under a number of state and federal laws. They are not authorized for hunting.
Two corrections were made to the 2012 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations related to steelhead fishing on the Sandy River and the use of bait and lures on the Hood River. Temporary rules were adopted when the errors were discovered after the printing of the 2012 regulations. The permanent rules cover the entire year. A corrected version of the 2012 Sport Fishing Regulations is available on the department website.
Commissioners were told that anglers should expect great ocean salmon fishing opportunities this year based on forecasts of chinook and coho salmon. Earlier this week, the Pacific Fishery Management Council released preliminary options for the 2012 ocean sport and commercial salmon seasons for federally-managed waters, three to 200 miles off-shore. The options generally allow for longer seasons than last year up and down the Oregon coast. PFMC will finalize regulations for federally-managed waters in mid-April. The Commission will be asked to adopt similar rules for state-managed waters, from shore to three-miles out, at its April 20 meeting.