Tillamook - Oregon's Fish Passage Task Force will meet Friday in Tillamook to hear briefings on, discuss, and make recommendations about current statewide fish passage issues. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Fish Passage Task Force members are appointed by the ODFW Director.

The nine-member group meets quarterly to advise ODFW on fish passage policies and issues. Task Force members represent water users, fisheries and conservation interests, and the general public.

The meeting will be held at the Oregon Department of Forestry, 5005 Third St., from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The agenda includes presentations on North Coast fish populations and passage issues, draft bridge guidance, fish passage mitigation banking ideas, and one fish passage waiver request, as well as an update on the Department's passage program and other Task Force business.

Fish passage must be addressed by owners and operators of artificial obstructions at certain key times, such as new construction, major replacement, a change in permit status, and abandonment. Providing adult and juvenile fish passage to maintain and restore access to historic habitat is one of the best ways to improve fish populations.

For more information, call Tom Stahl, state Fish Passage Coordinator, at (503) 947-6228.

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