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The Port of Brookings Harbor Board of Commissioners this week decided to move the 44-foot Coast Guard vessel in their boatyard, addressed leasing issues, extended a Christmas bonus to the port manager, and recommended fishing regulations.

The board discussed using the Coast Guard vessel as a memorial, but noted that they didn’t have money to restore the vessel or a place for it. Commissioner Jan Barbas suggested applying for a grant from Travel Oregon or the Oregon Coast Visitors’ Association.

Other commissioners suggested tabling the item until the 2019 grant-writing season as it was too late for the 2018 season. The board, with input from Port Manager Gary Dehlinger, decided to clean the vessel and place it along the fence where it would be visible. They will revisit the other issues before the 2019 grant-writing season.

Russell Burkman of Pacific Ocean Harvesters asked to have his lease altered because some of the lot that he leased was falling into the river and could no longer support a pallet jack or lift truck.

The board worked with him to alter his lease, removing unusable land and adding usable areas. At the board’s direction, Dehlinger will look into where boats and other equipment can be stored in accordance with fire safety laws. They are also looking into the possible use of a transit dock to unload fresh seafood.

The board then voted unanimously to extend a $200 Christmas bonus to Dehlinger. Board members repeatedly complimented his performance both in terms of his accomplishing tasks with a small, dedicated staff, and the progress he has made on finances.

During the commissioners’ reports, members agreed to sign commissioner Andy Martin’s letter to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The letter recommends a bottom fishing season from mid-March through September and limits anglers to five rockfish and two lingcod.

Board members favored this proposal over a year long season with a lower daily limit. They felt that regulations including a seven fish limit and a shorter season were better for recreational fishing and tourism.