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These changes are the result
of an almost year-long effort
by ODFW staff to streamline
and simplify the fi shing rules.
Mike Gauvin, ODFW recre-
ational fi sheries manager, told
the Commission that overly
complex regulations is one of
the most common complaints
among anglers.
Some of the changes for
2016 include: Eliminating of
the April trout opener – most of
these waters will now be open
year-round; setting the May
trout opener at May 22 each
year, ensuring that trout fi sh-
ing statewide would always be
open Memorial Day weekend;
Removing the bag limit on non-
native brown and brook trout
in streams statewide, though
some exceptions will still apply;
Simplifying language, includ-
ing replacing the terms “adipose
fi n-clipped” and “non adipose
fi n-clipped” with “hatchery”
and “wild;”
Removing bag
limits for warmwater fi sh in
the Columbia, John Day and
Umpqua rivers.
In addition to the regulation
changes, there also will be a
new format for the regulations
booklet that will make it eas-
ier to read. The 2016 Oregon
Sport Fishing Regulations will
be available in early December
The Commission approved
the 10-year update of the Or-
egon Conservation Strategy
(Strategy), including the Oregon
Nearshore Strategy component.
These documents are broad,
overarching strategies for vol-
untary conservation of Oregon’s
native fi sh, wildlife and marine
resources. Both documents
were updated with new scientif-
ic technology and information,
and had extensive technical and
public review and input over the
last year.
Along with updating the
Strategy Species and Habitat
sections, refi ning Conservation
Opportunity Areas (COA) was
a major focus of the Strategy
revision. These areas are key
landscapes where voluntary
conservation actions will have
the most impact on conserving
native species.
The Nearshore component
was better incorporated into
the Strategy resulting in several
changes. Species lists and habi-
tats were modifi ed and estuaries
were included in the Nearshore
Strategy. The revision also will
include supplements on poten-
tial effects of global climate
change and ocean acidifi cation.
The Oregon Conservation
Strategy including the Near-
shore component will be submit-
ted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service by Oct. 1 and available
in a new web application upon
USFWS approval.
The Commission also updat-
ed the rules for commercial bay
clam harvest. The current com-
mercial harvest rules had been
in place since 1995. The new
rules are based on recent fi sher-
ies landings and stock assess-
ment data, and include adjust-
ments to commercial landing
quotas, minimum sizes, species
taken, and allowable harvest ar-
eas. This integrated package of
shellfi sh actions will improve
the management of these spe-
cies and reduce potential con-
fl icts between different user
Finally, the Commission ap-
proved funding for three Access
and Habitat projects that will
provide hunter access.
Siuslaw also will be shortened
compared to 2014, while the
Umpqua will join many other
basins that have been moved
away from specifi c harvest quo-
tas. Instead biologists are imple-
menting a fi xed season length.
River-specifi c seasons, quo-
tas, bag limits and closed areas
can be found on the ODFW
While 2015 is the seventh year
in a row that Oregon’s coastal
rivers will open to the harvest of
wild coho, fi shery managers are
sounding a cautionary note for
the near future.
“We’re coming off some very
robust years for wild coho, but
based on what we’re seeing with
ocean conditions, anglers should
begin preparing for smaller wild
coho returns and reduced har-
vest opportunities in upcoming
years,” according to Chris Kern,
ODFW fi sh division deputy ad-
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“Unlike recent years, this
year’s projections are not as
consistent up and down the
coast, resulting in shorter sea-
sons on some rivers, while oth-
ers are very similar to last year,”
said Mike Gray, ODFW fi sh bi-
ologist in Charleston.
On the North Coast, there will
be shortened seasons in the Tilla-
mook and Nestucca basins and,
due to poorer forecasted status,
the Nehalem will not open for
wild coho at all (though it re-
mains open for hatchery coho).
“Our North Coast seasons are
more conservative this year than
2013-2014, but we still have
opportunity for harvest,” said
Chris Knutsen, ODFW fi sh bi-
ologist in Tillamook.
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