Quiet and sunny morning before the start of the 5th annual Olalla Derby in 2015.
Anglers and their families are encouraged to come out to Olalla Reservoir near Toledo for a fun-filled day of fishing and outdoor activities on Saturday, April 23. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and Georgia Pacific, in cooperation with the Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers, are sponsoring a day of fishing at Olalla Reservoir.
The Olalla Reservoir fishing event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will include a stocked fish enclosure for youth fishing, both youth and adult reservoir-wide fishing derbies, kayak tours, nature hikes and other fun family activities. Prizes will be awarded for the adult and youth fishing derbies, and there will also be a few prizes that every youth participant will be entered to receive. All activities are free.
ODFW will provide rods, reels, tackle, and bait free of charge. People who prefer to use their own equipment are welcome to bring it along. Volunteer angling instructors will be available at the reservoir to help participants set up their gear, cast, reel, and even clean fish. Continue reading
Ever wondered what lies beneath the surface of Oregon’s ocean? Curious about marine scientific research? The state’s new Oregon Marine Reserves website provides a rare glimpse below the surface of Oregon’s ocean waters and a behind-the-scenes peek at scientists in action. The website revamp was headed up by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, which oversees the management and scientific monitoring of Oregon’s system of five marine reserve sites located off the Oregon coast. The website at www.oregonmarinereserves.com went live March 31.
The new website offers quick and easy access to research news, underwater videos, and information about each marine reserve site along with a comprehensive look at the science and management efforts underway by ODFW and partners. Additionally, the website offers user friendly features such as interactive maps, e-notifications and downloadable GPS coordinates. “We are excited that we can now showcase life below the surface of Oregon’s nearshore waters” said Cristen Don, ODFW Marine Reserves Program Leader. “We hope people dive in and check out the new website and learn about the important marine research efforts that are underway.”
In 2012, Oregon completed designation of five marine reserve sites. These are areas in Oregon’s coastal waters dedicated to conservation and scientific research. Fishing and ocean development are prohibited in these areas. For a state famous for exploration, Oregon has only skimmed the surface of its coastal waters. The marine reserves are living laboratories where scientists are learning about Oregon’s nearshore ocean environment and the effects that protections ( no fishing and conservation) have over time on species and habitats. This long-term research and monitoring program conducts research to support the management of marine reserves and sustainable nearshore ocean resources in Oregon, now and into the future.
For more information about Oregon’s marine reserves, call ODFW’s Newport Office at (541) 867-4741.
information and photos provided by ODFW
By Kiera Morgan
Oregon State Police Fish and Game troopers served a search warrant in April on Tradewinds Charters of Depoe Bay on suspicions the company had been taking money for one day fishing licenses but not issuing them. (Photo by Larry Coonrod)
Last week owners of the Depoe Bay Tradewinds Charter Boat Company Tim and Julie Harmon along with their daughter Eva entered guilty pleas on charges of racketeering and to assisting another in a wildlife violation. The three were arrested in July 2015 along with several of their employees and charter boat captains. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation found that the boat company customers were charged for fishing licenses and then were either not issued licenses or were given receipts and told those receipts were valid fishing licenses.
According to Deputy District Attorney Joseph Allison as part of the settlement the Harmon’s will be paying $45,000 to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW )for lost revenue from licenses and just over $48,000 to OSP to cover their investigation costs. Also as part of the settlement the state agreed to dismiss the charges against the other 6 boat captains and employees. DDA Allison said he felt the settlement was fair and just. “What we did adequately addressed the criminal conduct that occurred and tried through the resolution to minimize the affects on
Depoe Bay as a whole.”
Also as a term of the plea agreement the Harmon’s are on parole for 5-years and must sell their charter boat business and will not be allowed to have an ownership or be part of any business associated with Oregon Charter Boat fishing. Once the sale is complete and the fines and restitution paid then the family can keep any remaining money from the sale.
Fresh Oregon Dungeness crab is back on the menu after fishery managers determined the fishery is ready to open Jan. 4 along the entire Oregon coast. Fishery managers exercised an abundance of caution in opening the crab season this year due to unusual levels of domoic acid found in crabs along Oregon’s southern coast. The month-long delay in opening the season allowed for additional testing for domoic acid in order to provide confidence that crab harvested from Oregon waters are safe to consume and of excellent quality.
“Along with the state agencies, the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry has taken a very proactive and precautionary approach to the opening of this crab season in the interest of public safety,” says Caren Braby, ODFW Marine Resources Program Manager. Testing of crab in recent weeks show the elevated levels of domoic acid in the southern half of the state have decreased and are all below U.S. Food and Drug Administration alert levels for three sample periods in a row.
Based on these results and consultations with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, the Oregon commercial crab industry and Washington and California Departments of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is opening the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season along the entire Oregon coast just after the New Year, Jan 4.
Commercial crab boat lights will start dotting the horizon Jan. 1 as boats are allowed to set gear three days prior to the fishery opening. The recreational harvest of Dungeness crab in Oregon’s bays and ocean is currently open coastwide. As the season gets underway, state agencies will continue to monitor marine biotoxins in shellfish to ensure that the concentrations remain below the alert level to ensure the consumer safety.
The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season along the Oregon coast continues to be delayed due to concerns about domoic acids levels in the southern half of the state. While recent testing showed domoic acid in crabs in all areas to be below levels that normally trigger action, the overall trend indicates domoic acid in the southern half of the state has increased over the past two weeks and are near the action level.
Based on these results and consultations with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry, and Washington and California Departments of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is continuing the delay of the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season along the entire Oregon coast.
“Oregon’s commercial crab industry and the Department place a high priority on making sure that seafood consumers can be confident that they are buying a safe, high‐quality, and sustainable product when they purchase Oregon Dungeness crab,” said Kelly Corbett, ODFW commercial crab project leader. Continue reading
The commercial Dungeness crab season along the Oregon coast normally opens Dec. 1, but can be delayed to ensure a safe and high-quality product to consumers. Testing of crab in recent weeks showed elevated levels of domoic acid in the southern half of the state. Based on these results and consultations with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA), the Oregon commercial crab industry and Washington and California Departments of Fish and Wildlife, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is delaying the ocean commercial Dungeness crab season along the entire Oregon coast.
This delay will allow completion of additional testing for domoic acid in order to provide confidence that crab harvested from Oregon waters are safe to consume. Oregon’s commercial crab industry places a high priority on making sure that seafood consumers can be confident that they are buying a safe, high-quality, and sustainable product when they purchase Oregon Dungeness crab.
In the next couple of weeks, ODFW will be continuing to work closely with ODA, fishery managers from WA and CA and the Oregon commercial Dungeness crab industry to test crab in all areas as regularly as possible. Additional domoic acid test results are scheduled to be available by the end of the first week of December, and ODFW plans to evaluate options for opening the commercial season at that time. Despite the delay, crab and shellfish products sold in retail markets and restaurants remain safe for consumers. Continue reading
The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife are reopening recreational and commercial mussel harvesting from Cape Meares, south of Tillamook Bay, to Heceta Head, north of Florence. Shellfish samples taken from the area indicate levels of paralytic shellfish toxin (PST) have dropped below the alert level. With the reopening, mussels can now be harvested along the entire Oregon Coast.
Meanwhile, all razor clamming remains closed for the entire Oregon Coast because of elevated levels of domoic acid. ODA will continue to test for shellfish toxins weekly, as tides permit. Reopening of an area requires two consecutive tests in the safe range. For more information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 or visit the ODA shellfish closures web page at <http://www.oregon.gov/ODA/programs/FoodSafety/Shellfish/Pages/ShellfishClosures.aspx>.