NEWPORT - Two meetings set next week will allow members of the public to participate in the second phase of conservation and management planning for Oregon's nearshore marine resources.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Marine Resources Program wants interested members of the public to participate in developing Oregon' s Nearshore Marine Resource Management Strategy.

The goal is to provide a proactive and sustainable approach to marine species and habitat management in Oregon.

Meetings next week in Newport and Gold Beach will focus on further developing ideas suggested by the public during previous meetings. They will look at non-regulatory conservation actions ODFW and interested partners - private citizens, industry groups, conservation organizations, tribes, other government agencies, or others - can take to contribute to the long-term health of the marine environment, fish and wildlife.

Meeting times and dates include:

• Newport, 6 p.m. Monday at the Embarcadero Resort Hotel & Marina, 1000 S.E. Blvd, Newport

• Gold Beach, 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Gold Beach Resort Conference Center, 29232 Ellensburg on Highway 101, Gold Beach

Additional meetings in mid-summer will provide an opportunity for more public comments.

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