SALEM - The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at the city of Roseburg Council Chambers, 900 SE Douglas Ave. in Roseburg to consider ocean salmon fishing seasons. Meeting agenda and materials can be found at (www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/commission/minutes/ 10/04_apr/index.asp).
On Thursday, the commission will tour several locations in southwest Oregon including the Rock Creek Hatchery fish ladder project, North Bank Habitat Management Area and the Winchester Dam. Members of the public are invited to join commission members on the tour, but must use their own transportation. To join the tour, be ready to depart from ODFW Southwest Regional Office, 4192 N. Umpqua Highway in Roseburg by 10 a.m.
During the Friday tour, the commission will be asked to adopt 2010 ocean salmon seasons for sport and commercial fisheries for state waters in keeping with Pacific Fishery Management Council guidelines that will be adopted April 15.
The PFMC will adopt salmon fishing regulations for ocean waters from three to 200 miles off shore. The commission will consider similar regulations for ocean waters within the three-mile nearshore.
North of Cape Falcon the PFMC may adopt larger quotas for chinook salmon due to higher forecasts for Columbia River chinook. Coho salmon predictions are down, however, and quotas will be smaller than last year.
The PFMC recommendations to be considered by the commission will be posted on the ODFW Web site in the commission meeting packet Monday.