ODFW Multispecies Conservation Plan for Native coastal Salmonids
Thursday, October 4, Dan Avery of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) will address the MidCoast Watersheds Council to describe the Native Species Conservation Plan for Coastal Salmonids, currently under development. ODFW’s Native Species Conservation Policy directs the agency to develop conservation plans for native fish species. A plan is already in place for Oregon Coastal Coho, so the plan under development will be for Chinook and Chum salmon, Steelhead, and Cutthroat Trout. The plan will set priorities for conservation of these species, and describe propagation and sustainable harvest strategies to be implemented. Dan is an ODFW staff biologist assigned to implementation of conservation plans on the Oregon coast.
The MidCoast Watersheds Council is a Newport-based nonprofit organization dedicated to restoration and protection of watersheds in the central coast area, in the context of healthy local communities. The Council provides a forum to the community for discussion of issues related to economic and environmental health. The Council also has an extensive program of natural resource education in Lincoln County schools and in summer. Recent restoration projects have included the Lint Slough estuarine marsh restoration, riparian restoration through fencing and tree planting, restoration of stream habitat by large wood placement, and passage improvement for salmon by replacing barrier culverts. Currently the council is implementing instream habitat restoration projects in Feagles Creek near Harlan, and a series of projects to improve fish passage and riparian habitat in the upper Yaquina.
The Council meets the first Thursday of each month, at 6:30 PM, at the Central Lincoln PUD in Newport. The PUD is located at 2129 North Coast Highway in Newport, across the highway from Safeway.
The Presentation will be followed by a business meeting. Light snacks will be served.
A federal judge this week managed to give hope to both sides of the sea lion killing debate on the Columbia River. The judge ruled that sea lions could continue to be killed to help reduce their numbers which are grazing on salmon as they pool underneath Bonneville Dam. However, the judge also greatly reduced the amount of sea lions that could be killed in the process. The story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
NEWPORT, Ore. ‑ The wild coho salmon season in the Siuslaw, Yaquina and Nestucca rivers will close at the end of the day Sunday, Oct. 9. ODFW fish biologists are predicting that’s when anglers will have caught the wild adult coho quotas of 900, 575 and 200 fish, respectively
The rivers will remain open to adipose fin-clipped hatchery coho under permanent regulations and for chinook salmon under temporary regulations adopted earlier this year.
The three rivers, along with several other coastal river basins, opened to the harvest of wild coho Sept. 15. ODFW opened the fishery to provide harvest opportunity on projected large return of wild coho. The fisheries are guided by a Fishery management and Evaluation Plan previously submitted to and approved by NOAA Fisheries.
“Anglers were looking forward to the wild coho season on these rivers and I think their expectations were met with some great fishing early in the season,” said Derek Wilson, ODFW fish biologist in Newport.
Wilson added that biologists are closely monitoring catch rates on all the wild coho fisheries and that the Alsea could close to wild coho by early next week. Anglers should watch for signs at boat launches or call the Newport district office at (541) 265-8306 ext. 236 or the Tillamook district office (503) 842-2741 for the latest updates.
To see the latest wild coho harvest numbers, click here.
It appears that some of the most bitter environmental in-fighting between farmers, environmentalists, and Native American tribes in the Klamath Basin may be drawing to a close with the just released environmental impact statement that calls for the possible removal of a number of dams along the Klamath River. The long term effects for the fishery along the Klamath River, and the Klamath River system’s contribution to the ocean salmon fishery would be quite positive if you support bringing back the Coho and Chinook salmon fishery.