Commission meets Dec. 7 in Salem to adopt urban deer pilot program rules November 30, 2018 Oregon

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Commission meets Dec. 7 in Salem to adopt urban deer pilot program rules, groundfish regulations

Friday, November 30, 2018 ODFW News

SALEM, Ore.—The Fish and Wildlife Commission meets Friday, Dec. 7 in Salem at ODFW HQ, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m. and follows this agenda

The meeting agenda includes approval of rules for a new urban deer control pilot program. The 2017 Oregon Legislature passed SB 373, which called for the development of a pilot program to allow cities to reduce deer populations in areas where high densities of deer are causing damage, health and safety concerns. Under the proposal, cities would be required to pass an ordinance prohibiting the feeding of deer before ODFW would authorize a pilot program and kill permits. Cities participating would be required to salvage deer meat and donate it to charity to the extent possible.

The Commission will be considering whether to deny or initiate rulemaking for a petition that seeks to amend existing angling regulations for naturally-produced spring Chinook Salmon in the Rogue River.

Regulations for both recreational and commercial nearshore groundfish fisheries are also on the agenda. Proposed 2019 regulations are very similar to those adopted for 2018, including a general marine bag limit of 5 fish. New for 2019, yelloweye rockfish allowances have doubled, so recreational fishing is proposed to be allowed out to the 40 fathom line (instead of 30 fathom line) during the seasonal depth restriction, and the restriction is proposed to start one month later, on May 1. The lingcod, cabezon, and longleader fishery bag limits will remain the same. For more details, see the Commission agenda.

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