Category Archives: Oregon

Spring Halibut Fishery Closed

HalibutAfter fishing last weekend nearly exhausted the available spring quota, the spring all-depth Pacific halibut fishery on Oregon’s central coast is closed until Aug. 7. “Last weekend there was just enough good weather and good fishing to push us to within 1,500 pounds of the spring all-depth quota,” said Lynn Mattes, ODFW’s project leader for halibut. “That’s not enough quota to open any additional days this spring, but that remaining quota will be added to the summer season that opens in August.”

The spring all-depth Pacific halibut fishery for the central coast subarea (from Cape Falcon south to Humbug Mountain) was open 12 days over four different periods, resulting in the harvest of approximately 109,163 pounds of Pacific halibut. The summer all-depth fishery will open Aug. 7 with a quota of approximately 45,000 pounds. The summer season for the central coast all-depth fishery is scheduled to be open every other Friday and Saturday until the all-depth quota is taken or Oct. 31, whichever is earlier.

Fishing for halibut in the Central Coast Subarea is still allowed seven days per week inside the 40-fathom line until the quota is reached or Oct. 31. On the north coast (the Columbia River Subarea; from Leadbetter Point, Wash., to Cape Falcon), nearshore halibut fishing is open seven days a week until the quota is taken or Sept. 30. On the south coast (the Southern Oregon Subarea; from Humbug Mountain to the OR/CA Border) the halibut fishery is open seven days per week until the quota is reached or Oct. 31.

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Tip Of The Week! Fireworks Safety

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The Fourth of July is quickly approaching which means fireworks and celebration. Here are some important tips to remember to ensure a safe holiday celebration.

It is extremely important to know the difference between a legal consumer firework and a dangerous explosive device. Illegal items in Oregon include firecrackers, torpedoes, skyrockets, Roman candles, bombs, rockets, wheels, colored fires, fountains, mines, serpents or any other article of similar construction or any article containing any explosive or inflammable compound.

Any tablets or other device containing any explosive substances or inflammable compound are also not legal in Oregon without a permit. Items such as M-80s, M-100s and blockbusters are not fireworks, they are federally banned explosives. They can cause serious injury or even death. Stay away from anything that isn’t clearly labeled with the name of the item, the manufacturer’s name and instructions for proper use.

All fireworks are prohibited in all state parks and on ocean beaches.

Possession of illegal fireworks in Oregon is a Class B Misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or six months in jail. If you are aware of anyone selling such devices, contact your local law enforcement agency.

Fireworks are not toys. NEVER give fireworks to young children. Close, adult supervision of all fireworks activities is mandatory. Even sparklers can be unsafe if used improperly.

Read and follow all warnings and instructions on fireworks. Be sure that people maintain a safe distance from where fireworks are ignited. Never light and throw any fireworks. Only light fireworks on a smooth, flat surface away from buildings, dry leaves, and flammable materials. Never try to relight fireworks that have not fully functioned. Keep a bucket of water handy in case of a malfunction or fire.

Please have a safe Fourth of July.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

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Tip Of The Week: Boating and Alcohol—–A DEADLY MIX!

LCSFAccording to the U.S. Coast Guard, alcohol is a major factor in 50% of recreational boating fatalities nationwide. Passengers are just as likely to be injured or killed because the majority of incidents occur from falling overboard. Operator inattention is also a primary contributing factor in crashes and other boating incidents.

Boat operators are considered to be Boating Under the Influence of Intoxicants (BUII) if they are impaired by drugs or have a blood alcohol content of .08 percent or more. The law also applies to operators of motorized boats and non-motorized crafts such as rafts, kayaks and canoes. Penalties can include:

• Fines of up to $6,250.00
• Up to one year in jail
• Loss of boating privileges for one year
• Boat registration suspension for up to three years
• Mandatory completion of a boating safety education class

Fact: Alcohol impairs your balance, coordination, vision, judgment and reaction time.

Fact: The motion of the boat, the glare of the sun, the noise of the motor and the wind compound the effects of alcohol.

Fact: Alcohol is absorbed directly into the blood stream. Its effects are usually apparent within minutes. Drinking Alcohol faster than the body can burn it off will increase blood alcohol levels.

Fact: It is okay for passengers to drink, however drinking passengers greatly increase their risks of falling overboard and drowning. Boat owners may be held liable and sued for the injuries or deaths of their intoxicated passengers.

The fact is that impairment by alcohol consumption is amplified on the water. Environmental factors, such as wind, sun, noise, and motion can magnify the affects of alcohol and make it difficult for someone to assist themselves in their own rescue in a cold water event like falling overboard.

For more information and tips, visit our web site at http://www.lincolncountysheriff.net and on your Smartphone via the “MobilePatrol” app and Like us on Facebook at Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office – Oregon.

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Road Construction Crews, Engineers, and Other Related Firms, Take ODOT’s On-line Survey To Find Out If Your Business Qualifies

odotflyingTbanner[1]Is your business interested in working on highway construction projects? If so, the Oregon Department of Transportation would like to hear from you. We have a survey online – or you may be contacted by phone – and we appreciate your input.

During June, we are talking with thousands of construction, engineering and related firms in Oregon and southwest Washington about their qualifications.

If you get a call, please help us complete our list of businesses interested in working with ODOT. Visit ODOT DBE Study dot ORG today.

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New Game App Lets Users Learn About Sea Birds At Yaquina Head

Discover YaquinaUshering in an era of digital engagement and fun for the millions of smartdevice-carrying visitors to Oregon’s spectacular coast, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses is launching an interactive, place-based app. The public is invited to the launch party at 10 AM on Sunday, June 21st at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area in Newport. Called “Discover Yaquina”, the game based app will teach visitors about the diverse seabirds, marine mammals, rocky shore habitats and creatures that make the Oregon Coast such a vibrant and wondrous ecological system.

Developed by Discover Nature Apps, an award winning mission-driven app developer, the “Discover Yaquina” game includes a GPS-guided nature-based scavenger hunt; the ability for users to post and view field tips and photographs; and the opportunity to share their experiences on social media. The app is free; simply search for “Discover Nature Apps” on iTunes or Google Play Store.

To play the “Discover Yaquina” game, users must be at Yaquina Head. People visiting as a group can compete against one another, or families can opt to work as a team. Beyond the game, the app offers opportunities for users to capture photos of their discoveries at Yaquina Head including field notes such as where they are seeing Black Oystercatchers or Bald Eagles. The discoveries, notes and photos are viewable in a digital photo gallery that will be accessible worldwide. Continue reading

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Forest Service Field Rangers, Ranger Programs, and Junior Ranger programs return to Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Dunes

junior ranger Do you want to take a hike with stunning ocean views under a canopy of giant trees or across towering sand dunes in the company of your very own guide? Would you like to better understand subjects like coastal rainforest ecology, cultural history or dune restoration? Are you looking for opportunities to connect children to the outdoors through meaningful educational and family oriented experiences?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then head to the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area and Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area this summer to find Siuslaw National Forest field rangers waiting to guide you on new adventures.

“Our field rangers create opportunities for visitors to make positive, memorable and lasting connections to their public lands,” said David Thompson, Siuslaw National Forest interpretive specialist and manager of the field ranger program. “This is also our chance to put a face to the efforts of those in our Forest who strive year-round to serve the greater good of the public through their efforts in recreation, restoration and community partnerships.”

The field ranger program, known as Valuing People and Places, is serving the public for its sixth year. This year’s crew hails from across the nation and the United Kingdom with degrees from the Universities of North Carolina, Oklahoma, San Diego State, Saint Cloud-Minnesota, California-Santa Cruz, Eastern Kentucky, Keele-UK, and Amherst College.

Additionally, retired professionals who are Forest Service volunteers will join the group this summer.

Visitors can take advantage of ranger-led hikes and programs all summer at Cape Perpetua and the Oregon Dunes:

  • Programs by request: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursdays through Tuesdays
  • Junior Ranger Programs: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

“Ranger programs are great for those who want a more in-depth nature experience and a chance to really connect with these special places,” Thompson said.

Field rangers can be found wherever Forest Service “welcome” flags are displayed along Highway 101. Visitors also can inquire about field ranger programs and locations by calling the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, 541-547-3289, or the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area Visitor Center, 541-271-6000.

The Siuslaw National Forest manages more than 630,000 acres of temperate rainforests along the Oregon Coast Range, from Tillamook to the end of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in Coos Bay.

Additional information is available online at www.fs.usda.gov/siuslaw, www.twitter.com/SiuslawNF and www.facebook.com/DiscoverDiscoverSiuslawNF.

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Don’t Touch Marine Mammals On The Beaches

Harbor seals at a haul out spot in Alsea Bay.

Harbor seals at a haul out spot in Alsea Bay.

Pacific harbor seal pupping season is in full swing on the Oregon coast. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife advises beach goers to stay away from seals and sea lions resting on rocks or beaches. According to Jim Rice with the OSU marine mammal stranding network a harbor seal mother often leaves her pup on shoreline rocks or the beach while she feeds in the sea.

Just because the pup is on shore does not mean that the seal pup is abandoned Rice said. Human activity around the seal pup can put it in danger as it can discourage the female from returning to feed and care for her pup. It’s important to keep dogs away from marine mammals on the beaches as well. Continue reading

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