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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Anne Pressentin Young, (503) 947-6020
Internet: www.dfw.state.or.us Fax (503) 947-6009

For Immediate Release Wednesday, November 5, 2003


ODFW asks for information from anglers


NEWPORT - To improve knowledge of saltwater sport fishing effort and harvest levels, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is asking anglers to cooperate with a telephone survey.


Selected anglers will be asked the number of days they went saltwater sport fishing in Oregon during the previous two months, and a few questions about each of those fishing days.


"We know that most people don't like to be disturbed with surveys, especially over the telephone, so we are keeping the survey as short as possible," said Linda ZumBrunnen of ODFW.


During the first period of calls, conducted in early September, the survey averaged two minutes for people who had done no saltwater fishing and eight minutes for people who had.


Phone calls will be made during a three-week period every two months. Names are selected randomly from a database of all fishing license holders. The sampling goal for each calling period ranges between 400 and 800 complete interviews, or about 1 or 2 percent of license holders.


"We urge anglers to cooperate with the survey so that their activities are reflected accurately in the results," ZumBrunnen said.


Questions or comments about the survey can be directed to Linda ZumBrunnen in Newport at (541) 867-0300 Ext. 260 or [email protected].


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Information and Education Division
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
(503) 947-6002

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Anne Pressentin Young (503) 947-6020
Internet: www.dfw.state.or.us Fax: (503) 947-6009

For Immediate Release Wednesday, November 5, 2003


ODFW seeks public comment on Deschutes River fish management plan
Public meeting to be held Nov. 17 in Bend


BEND - The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking public comment on draft alternatives to guide anadromous fish management in portions of the upper Deschutes, Crooked and Metolius river basins above the Pelton-Round Butte hydroelectric dams.


The alternative adopted will direct fish management in the upper basin for the next five to 10 years. When finalized, the plan will define ODFW's core management programs, policies and objectives, and describe the fundamental direction that will be pursued for each species included in the plan. Fish management plans aim to provide a logical systematic approach to conserve aquatic resources, establish management priorities, and direct ODFW staff and funds to the most critical problems affecting fisheries.


ODFW will hold a public meeting Monday, Nov. 17, to present the plan and accept public comments. The meeting will occur 7-9 p.m. at Hitchcock Auditorium, Central Oregon Community College, 2600 NW College Way, Bend.


The draft plan will amend the four existing basin plans developed for the Crooked River, Metolius River and upper Deschutes River subbasins. Each of the existing plans called for feasibility studies to determine if anadromous fish could be reintroduced into these subbasins. Initial studies have been completed to identify critical uncertainties and develop conceptual measures to correct or mitigate deficiencies. The new draft document would modify the existing basin plans by listing specific management policies, objectives and actions for managing anadromous summer steelhead, spring chinook, sockeye salmon and pacific lamprey, and resident bull trout upstream from the Pelton-Round Butte Hydroelectric Project. Currently, only bull trout are present upstream of the project.


ODFW staff will present the draft plan to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission at a Nov. 7 meeting in Salem. Adoption of the draft plan into Oregon Administrative Rule is scheduled for Dec. 12 also in Salem. Public testimony will be taken at both meetings.


A complete copy of the document is posted on the ODFW Web site at: http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrFish/InfoCntrFish.html .
Written comments should be sent by Nov. 17 to Steven Marx, District Fisheries Biologist, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, 61374 Parrell Road, Bend, Oregon 97702, or [email protected].


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Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
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Thanks for the post Jennie. One of my fondest memories is that of my Dad hot-footing is after a steelhead on Squaw Creek back in the 50's. It's be nice to have those runs established again.
 
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