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SIUSLAW NEWS z WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2015
Pacific Fisheries Council nominees deadline is Feb. 13
NEWPORT — The Oregon
Department of Fish and
Wildlife is accepting nomina-
tions for a seat on the Pacific
Fishery Management Council.
The deadline to request nom-
ination materials is Feb. 13,
and the three-year term begins
August 2015.
The Council manages about
119 species of groundfish,
pelagic species (sardines,
anchovies and mackerel) and
highly migratory species
(tunas, sharks and swordfish)
off the coasts for Oregon,
Washington and California.
It includes 14 voting mem-
bers representing tribal and
state fish and wildlife agencies,
and private citizens knowl-
edgeable about sport fishing,
commercial fishing and/or
marine conservation.
Several advisory councils
and PFMC staff members also
participate in Council meet-
ings.
The ideal candidate would
be knowledgeable of fishery
resource conservation and
management in marine waters
off the West Coast. Specific
knowledge of and experience
in management issues and fish-
eries is important, as is a strong
conservation ethic.
The successful candidate
also must work collectively
with other council members,
often making difficult deci-
sions and fulfilling the stan-
dards set forth by the
Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Council members make a
substantial time commitment to
fully participate in council
business and related activities.
The Oregon seat is currently
held by Dorothy Lowman of
Portland, who is eligible for re-
appointment to a third term.
ODFW will send all nomina-
tions to the Governor’s office,
which will then forward the
names of at least three candi-
dates to the National Marine
Fisheries Service and U.S.
Department of Commerce for
consideration.
Successful appointees must
pass an extensive FBI back-
ground check.
Anyone interested in being
ATHLETE
OF THE
considered, or wishing to nom-
inate someone, must contact
Cyreis Schmitt at 541-867-
4741 or cyreis.c.schmitt@state
.or.us no later than Feb. 13.
The
Pacific
Fishery
Management Council is one of
eight regional fishery manage-
ment councils established by
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
Conservation and Management
Act to manage fisheries from
three to 200 miles offshore of
the United States coastline.
WEEK
Chris Free
Mapleto
n H.S.
Angler input sought tonight on upcoming halibut season
The Central Coast subarea
extends from Cape Falcon to
Humbug Mt., and includes all
developed ports in Oregon
except Brookings, Gold Beach,
and those in the Astoria area.
The seasons for the
Columbia River and Southern
Oregon subareas have already
been established for this year.
“We want all anglers to have
the ability to help shape the
halibut season, and understand
that many cannot attend the
public meeting in person,” said
Patrick Mirick, halibut assis-
tant project leader for the
Oregon Department of Fish and
Wildlife. “The webinar and
online survey provide a means
for all anglers to have a voice.”
Participants in the process
will help choose the number of
season dates and the weeks in
which those open dates will
occur.
The public meeting will
begin at 7 p.m. tonight,
Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the
ODFW Newport office, 2040
SE Marine Science Drive.
Participants also can join the
meeting online at www.global
.gotomeeting.com/join/768250
205., or dial in at 872-240-
3412. Meeting ID: 768-250-
205.
Finally, anglers can offer
their input through an online
survey at www.oregondas.alle-
giancetech.com/cgi-bin/qweb-
corporate.dll available on the
ODFW website.
In two victories on the
court last week for the
Sailors
the
senior
forward
scored
21
points and pulled down
21 rebounds. Plus he
recorded six steals and
three blocks.
Honorable Mention
Jack Hardisty
The Mapleton senior
returned to the bas-
ketball court last week
for the Sailors, scoring
27 points; pulling
down 12 rebounds and
recording five steals.
Support Oregon’s wildlife programs with tax donation, refund
SALEM — If you love all
things wild, you can help sup-
port Oregon’s wildlife by fill-
ing out your 2014 state tax
return and donate to the
Nongame Wildlife Fund,
Charitable Code 19, in the
charitable check-off donation
on the 2014 Oregon State tax
Fishing
from 1C
is starting to pick up in many
coastal basins. The Salmon
River is now open to harvest
of wild winter steelhead (Jan 1
– March 31). Anglers are
advised to read the new regu-
lations as there are harvest
restrictions and new deadlines
in effect.
SILETZ RIVER: Steelhead
Steelhead fishing is slow to
fair but should start to pick up
in the coming weeks. Fish can
be found throughout the river
for both bank and boat
anglers. River conditions
should be good through the
weekend.
SIUSLAW RIVER:
Steelhead
The winter steelhead fishery
is producing fish in both the
Siuslaw and Lake Creek. The
next few weeks should see a
good push of fish. River con-
ditions should remain good
through the weekend. Typical
steelhead angling tactics apply.
YAQUINA RIVER:
Steelhead
The winter steelhead fishery
is fair to good in the Big Elk.
River conditions should
remain in good condition
through the week. Anglers are
advised to watch for private
property. Typical steelhead
angling tactics apply but the
Big Elk is bed rock dominated
and does have a lot of snags.
COOS RIVER BASIN:
Dungeness crab, bay clams,
steelhead
Steelhead fishing is good.
There is bank access on the
West Fork Millicoma at the
Millicoma Interpretive Center
and on the East Fork
Millicoma at Nesika Park.
return.
Funds support 88 percent of
the state’s wildlife that are not
hunted or fished such as native
frogs, turtles, songbirds and
bats.
“The donations we receive
from the Nongame Wildlife
Fund help us protect and
enhance Oregon’s fish and
wildlife and their habitats for
use and enjoyment by present
and future generations,” said
Andrea Hanson, Conservation
Strategy Coordinator.
Donations have helped:
• Bring back the bald eagle,
peregrine falcon and western
snowy plover from the brink of
extinction
• Fund wildlife habitat
improvement projects on pri-
vate and public lands
• Purchase educational mate-
rials for science classes as part
of the Bird by Bird pilot pro-
gram in the Portland School
District.
• Fund conservation pro-
grams for sensitive species
including the western pond tur-
tle and Willamette Valley
grassland birds. For more infor-
mation visit www.dfw. state.or.
us/wildlife/diversity/tax_
checkoff.
Access to the South Fork Coos
River is through Weyerhaeuser
property and anglers must
have the appropriate permit
from Weyerhaeuser. In the
Coos Basin starting one addi-
tional fin clipped steelhead
may be retained per day for a
total aggregate of three adult
fish harvested daily.
Fishing for bottom fish,
including rockfish and lingcod
is open to all depths. The
marine fish daily bag limit is
seven fish and a separate daily
limit of two lingcod.
Anglers are only able to
keep three blue rockfish as
part of their daily limit and
there will be no harvest of
China, quillback or copper
rockfish.
Sometime in March, once a
parallel federal rule is adopted,
ODFW will announce that
anglers can retain one canary
rockfish as part of the marine
fish daily bag limit.
Retention of cabezon is not
allowed through June 30.
of year, whenever the weather
permits, bottom fishing can be
great fun and very productive.
Calm seas have brought
good fishing, with anglers
bringing home mostly lingcod,
black rockfish, yellowtail
rockfish, and a few blue and
other nearshore rockfish.
Cabezon fishing is closed
through June 30.
The marine fish daily bag
limit is seven fish. China, cop-
per, and quillback rockfish
may not be retained; and only
three blue rockfish may be
retained per day (as part of the
seven-fish bag). Sometime in
March, once a parallel federal
rule is adopted, ODFW will
announce that anglers can
retain one canary rockfish as
part of the marine fish daily
bag limit.
There are separate daily
limits of two lingcod and 25
flatfish other than Pacific hal-
ibut.
Remember: yelloweye rock-
fish and canary rockfish can
not be retained.
beach, diggers should be high-
ly selective about which shows
they pursue. Harvesters are
reminded they must retain the
first 15 clams regardless of
size or condition.
UMPQUA RIVER, SOUTH:
Steelhead
The South Umpqua is open
for steelhead fishing. Although
the peak numbers of fish nor-
mally show up from February
to late March, the recent rains
have moved fish into the
Canyonville area and hatchery
fish have been reported.
The South Umpqua offers
the best chance for catching an
adipose-fin clipped steelhead
for harvest. The hatchery pro-
gram for winter steelhead is
centered in the South Umpqua.
Most hatchery fish are
caught from Canyonville
downstream. All wild fish
must be released unharmed.
As the river drops from last
weekend’s rain, plunking
should be good at places such
as Lawson Bar, Myrtle Creek
and behind Seven Feathers.
WINCHESTER BAY:
Bottomfish
Fishing for bottomfish in
the Triangle and South jetty
has been successful. Crabbing
has been slow recently.
P ACIFIC H ALIBUT :
The Pacific halibut seasons
have all closed for the remain-
der of the year.
The International Pacific
Halibut Commission (IPHC)
will set 2015 quotas for all
areas in later this month. More
information on the 2015 sea-
sons will be available after
that time.
B OTTOM F ISHING :
R AZOR CLAMS :
The ocean is open to bottom
fishing at all depths. This time
Due to the large number of
small razor clams on the
Sport ocean crabbing in the
ocean and bay remains slow.
Keep in mind that major rain
events can dramatically lower
the salinity in some bays and
prompt crab to move lower in
the bay or out to the ocean.
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NEWPORT — Halibut
anglers will have three differ-
ent ways to weigh in on open
dates for the 2015 spring all-
depth halibut fishery in the
Central Coast subarea. Anglers
can submit comments by
attending a public meeting, par-
ticipating in the meeting via
webinar, or by taking an online
survey.
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