The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking people interested in representing agriculture and fishing or fish conservation interests on the State's Fish Screening Task Force.

The ODFW Fish Screening Program implements the installation and maintenance of fish screens to prevent fish losses in ditch and pump water diversions. The Task Force advises ODFW on fish screening program development, implementation, monitoring, technology, funding and reporting.

The seven members of the Task Force are appointed by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.

Three members represent agriculture interests, three represent fishing or fish conservation interests, and one member represents the public at large. Members serve for two-year terms and may be re-appointed for a maximum of three terms. The Task Force meets quarterly throughout the state.

One agricultural position is open and one fishing or fish conservation position is open. Individuals interested in serving on the Task Force have until Sept.30 to call Bernie Kepshire, ODFW Fish Screening State Coordinator, at 503-947-6229. Kepshire also can be reached by fax at (503) 947-6203 or e-mail at (


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