The Fish and Wildlife Commission approved funding for 23 projects approved by the Oregon Conservation and Recreation Advisory Committee. The projects will protect and enhance the species and habitats identified in the Oregon Conservation Strategy and/or create new opportunities for wildlife watching, urban conservation, community science, and other wildlife-associated recreation. Funding comes from the state's General Fund matched with donations from foundations and individuals.
The Commission also:
Restoration and Enhancement (R and E) projects and appointed two board members: Approved funding for five projects recommended by the R and E Board (including adding a floating pier for launching nonmotorized watercraft and for fishing at Lake of the Woods); reappointed Dave Grosjacques as the Sport Fishing Representative and appointed Susan Chambers as the Commercial Salmon Representative to the R and E Bboard.
Adopted schedule of damages for commercial fishing violations: Per ORS 506.720, the Commission established the average market value of each species of food fish for the year, which is used for the purpose of filing lawsuits for damages associated with unlawful taking of food fish.
Appointed two members to the Oregon Coordinating Council on Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia: Appointed commercial fisherman Bob Kemp of Newport as the Fishing Representative and reappointed John Schaefer, longtime staff member of the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw, as the Tribal Council Representative.
The next scheduled Commission meeting is Feb. 18.