Posts Tagged ‘oregon department of fish and wildlife’

Oregon Ocean Sport Groundfish Closed Beyond 20 Fathoms

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

If you’re planning any Oregon ocean groundfishing this year, keep it close to shore. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced earlier this month that effective July 23, the fishery beyond the 20-fathom line will be closed to sport fishing. This is an attempt by the ODFW to minimize the catch-and-release mortality rate of yelloweye rockfish, which are considered overfished by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“Yelloweye catch has been up along the entire Oregon Coast,” ODFW sport groundfish program leader Lynn Mattes said in a press release.  “After consulting with the Sportfish Advisory Committee we decided to pull the fishery into 20 fathoms to protect yelloweye while still offering a fishery for other species.”

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Lost Alpha Male Wolf Concerns ODFW

Monday, June 28th, 2010

wolves

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed reports this week that they have lost the alpha male from the only confirmed pair of breeding wolves in the state. According to ODFW wolf coordinator Russ Morgan, the wolf has been missing for over three weeks. While it is not uncommon for an animal’s GPS tracking collar to fall off or fail, there is also the possibility that the wolf is dead.

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Proposed ODFW Regulation Has Some Hunters Up in Arms

Monday, May 10th, 2010

deer huntingThe Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is considering implementing a new regulation that has some hunters up in arms.

The proposed hunting regulation would make orange vests and hats a mandatory part of every sportsman’s hunting equipment, requiring hunters to wear them at all times while hunting. Currently, Oregon is one of only ten states that don’t require such attire. The proposal comes after the hunting-related death of a 15-year-old boy last fall. The boy was wearing camouflage clothing at the time he was shot.

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Sound Off on Steelhead and Salmon Conservation Plan

Friday, April 30th, 2010

Over the last 100 years, the population of natural salmon and steelhead in the Lower Columbia River has plummeted. Well, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has finally said, “No more!”

A few weeks ago, the ODFW released a plan for the conservation and recovery of these threatened species. Appropriately titled “The Lower Columbia River Conservation and Recovery Plan for Oregon Populations of Salmon and Steelhead,” this plan will identify the current population status of the fish, assess limiting factors and threats, develop adaptive changes, and monitor the effects. The plan’s main goal is to restore the salmon and steelhead populations to levels that don’t require protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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