ODFW Hosts Open House for Anglers on Jan. 4

If you are an Oregon fishing enthusiast and have a few questions or comments for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, here’s your chance to share them. On January 4, 2011, the ODFW will host an Open House at the ODFW Headquarters in Salem.  ODFW officials will field questions and listen to comments and concerns from anglers from all over the state.

Oregon fishing enthusiasts will get a chance to weigh in on upcoming regulation changes at the ODFW Open House on Jan. 4.

Oregon fishing enthusiasts will get a chance to weigh in on upcoming regulation changes at the ODFW Open House on Jan. 4.

“This open house meeting is a good start to the new year,” said ODFW Recreational Fisheries Program manager Rhine Messmer. “It’s a chance for us to hear what issues are on the minds of anglers so we can take appropriate action.”

So what issues do the ODFW expect to hear about at the Open House? According to an ODFW press release earlier this week, attendees of the bi-annually open-forum meetings usually address issues such as fishery management and new angling regulations. The department uses the information gathered at these meetings to improve the way the public is involved in developing new rules and regulations, including bag limits, season schedules and types of fishing knives and fishing equipment that can be used.

“We’ve heard from the public and from the Fish and Wildlife Commission that the current process is too cumbersome and too much time is spend on proposed regulations that would never be adopted,” Messmer said of the current public process. “The public plays an important role in the development of our fishing regulations and we want to ensure that we don’t diminish the public benefits from this process.”

The Open House meeting will take place on Jan. 4 from 6 PM to 9 PM at the ODFW Headquarters, 3406 Cherry Ave. NE, Salem. For more information, contact Rhine Messmer at 503-947-6214 or Jessica Sall at 503-947-6023.

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