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Fishery regulators want public opinion on improving fish habitat along the Oregon coast

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From Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan is being developed to determine the fish management needs for enhancing anadromous salmonid runs along much of the Oregon coast. The plan will also be used to determine fish management actions relative to present and future fishing opportunities in this area.

The plan will address the following Species Management Units (SMU):

* Chinook salmon (spring and fall populations)
* Chum salmon, steelhead (summer and winter populations)
* Cutthroat trout

The area covered by the plan ranges from the Necanicum River in the north to Elk River in the south. A conservation assessment and plan for coho salmon have already been developed and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC). Therefore, the plan will not assess or address coho populations, although some coho information will be included for a complete “picture” of all anadromous salmonids.

In developing the plan, ODFW will use suggestions from various stakeholders to determine stakeholders’ preferred status for populations and for management actions that support them. An independent, scientific public opinion survey will also be conducted in order to assess whether stakeholder and/or ODFW preferred actions are consistent with those of the wider angling community as well as the general public. Once stakeholder suggestions have been obtained and the opinion survey is complete, ODFW will prepare a written draft of the plan for public review. After the public review period, the draft plan will be presented to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission (OFWC) for review and approval. OFWC approval of a final plan is expected in late spring or early summer of next year.

Species/Units covered

Chinook salmon (Coastal SMU, spring and fall populations)
Chum salmon (Coastal SMU)
Steelhead (Coastal SMU, summer and winter populations)
Cutthroat Trout (Coastal SMU)

Focus: Mid Coast and North Coast Stakeholder Orientation
Date: August 16, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (Drop in format)
Location: Eden Hall, 6645 Gleneden Beach Loop Road, Gleneden Beach, OR (right off Hwy 101: 5 miles south of Lincoln City, half-mile south of Salishan Lodge)

Contact:
Tom Stahl
Conservation and Recovery Assistant Program Manager
503-947-6219
Thomas.Stahl@state.or.us

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