The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will take public testimony and hear staff reports on 2003 ocean salmon seasons, a draft fish hatchery policy and wolf management issues at a meeting in Newport Thursday and Friday.

The seven-member commission is the rule-making body for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. It meets monthly.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. on both days.

The commission plans to address wolf management alternatives, a fish passage proposal at the Powerdale Hydroelectric Project and appointments to the developmental fisheries board on Thursday.

Friday's agenda includes: funding requests for restoration and enhancement projects; an informational briefings on preliminary options for 2003 ocean salmon seasons and a draft policy for fish hatcheries; adoption of a rule on bycatch devices in the pink shrimp fishery; and adoption of nearshore groundfish harvest caps.

More information on the agenda is available on the Web at:

Public testimony is taken on each scheduled agenda item. To speak about an item not on the agenda, contact Mike Lueck at (503) 872-5272 today. Unscheduled testimony will be heard at about 1 p.m. Friday.

The meeting will be in the ballroom of the Embarcadero Hotel, 1000 S.E. Bay Blvd., Newport. The commission will also hold an informal public reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the hotel's Fireside Room.


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