Cradling Salmon

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife fish biologist Laura Green cradles a salmon before loading her into a rubber boot, for volunteers to carry to the waiting transport truck, for a ride to the Elk River Hatchery.

ODFW's draft Rogue-South Coast Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan is now available for public review and comment.

The draft RSP covers winter and summer steelhead, coho salmon and cutthroat trout in southwest Oregon's coastal watersheds from Elk River south to the Winchuck River, including the Rogue River. The plan also proposes changes in fishing regulations and hatchery management to minimize risk to wild fish populations and to maintain and improve fishing opportunities. ODFW has been developing the plan for several years with input from stakeholder teams, tribes, NOAA Fisheries and a Habitat Work Group.

Stakeholder team members represented conservation and angling groups, watershed councils, fishing guides, recreational anglers and government entities. The public is invited to attend one of three meetings get more information about the draft plan:

• Gold Beach: July 19, 6-8 p.m., Event Center on the Beach, 29392 Ellensburg Ave.

• Grants Pass: July 20, 6-8 p.m., Tom Pearce Park Shelter 1, 3700 Pearce Park Rd.

• Virtual July 21, 3-5 p.m., Zoom Meeting Link Dial-in: 969-254-5252.

Written comments will be taken at the public meetings. Comments can also be emailed to ODFW.RSP.Comments@ODFW.oregon.gov or mailed to ODFW, Attention: RSP Comments, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE, Salem OR 97302 through August 1.The RSP will be updated as needed based on public comment and then presented to the Oregon F&W commission for review at its Oct. 15 meeting. Adoption of the conservation plan is currently scheduled for the Dec. 17 commission meeting.

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