The Curry Coastal Pilot

ROSEBURG andndash; The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is looking for volunteers to help with fish projects in the south coast area.

Data collected from the projects helps biologists manage salmon and is also a high priority in the Rogue River Fall Chinook SMU Draft Conservation Plan. The plan is currently undergoing peer review.

"We appreciate all the help we get from volunteers and look forward to working with them," ODFW biologist John Weber said.

People interested in volunteering for any of the following projects should call Weber at 541-247-7605.. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application available at the Gold Beach Field Office, 29907 Airport Way.

andbull;Winchuck River smolt trap: This project runs weekdays through Aug. 31. Volunteers count fall Chinook caught in the smolt trap and report data each day. Some of the fish caught are measured and fin-clipped. Training will be provided on Mondays and Tuesdays.

andbull;Huntley Park seining: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday through Oct. 31, volunteers help ODFW staff pull in a seining net and count adult salmon.

andbull;Chetco River scale collection: From Nov. 15 to Jan. 31, volunteers float the Chetco River collecting scale samples from spawned adult fall Chinook carcasses.

Volunteers usually work in three-person crews out of drift boats; however, bank angler volunteers are also needed.

Volunteers can use their own boats or ODFW can assign helpers to boats. Training is provided in early November at the STEP Indian Creek Hatchery.