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Ocean Salmon Industry Group Meeting 2019
2019 PRE-SEASON PLANNING: OCEAN SALMON MEETING NOTICE: The 2019 Ocean Salmon Industry Group meeting (OSIG) is scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2019. This pre-season planning meeting will provide a review of the 2018 seasons, take a first look at the 2019 salmon forecasts, and develop a set of Oregon preferred recreational and commercial ocean salmon season concepts via public input to take forward through the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) regulation setting process. The OSIG meeting will be held at the Shilo Inn, 536 SW Elizabeth Street, Newport, OR.
The OSIG meeting is open to all ocean sport fishing anglers and charter operators, commercial salmon troll fishers, and others interested in participating in the development of the 2019 ocean salmon seasons. Staff from ODFW will provide background materials and presentations and then work with meeting attendees to develop preferred season alternatives to use as guidance moving forward through the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s season setting process. Doors open at 9:30 AM, with presentations scheduled to start at 10:00 AM, and conclude by 3:00 PM. There will be a lunch break between 12:00 PM and 1:15 PM,. Links to the agenda and briefing materials for the meeting will be posted on www.dfw.state.or.us/mrp/salmon/ as they come available.
The first of the two salmon season-setting meetings by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) will be held at the Hilton Vancouver Washington (301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA) from March 5-12. This first PFMC meeting in Vancouver will establish a range of alternatives for further review. The final season setting meeting will occur at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma in Rohnert Park, California (One DoubleTree Drive, Rohnert Park, CA) from April 9-16. More information on these meetings can be found at the PFMC’s website.
Razor clamming reopens March 1 on Clatsop Beach
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ASTORIA, Ore.—Razor clamming will reopen on Clatsop Beach (from Tillamook Head in Seaside to the mouth of the Columbia River) on Friday, March 1.
This area had been closed to protect undersize clams and give them a chance to grow after 2018 fall surveys found mostly small clams with shell lengths between 2-3 inches.
“The small razor clams on Clatsop Beach we observed this fall have grown at a rate we anticipated,” said ODFW Shellfish Biologist Matt Hunter. “Currently, the dominant size of clams is between 3.5 and 3.75 inches with few larger clams available. As the spring progresses and we get longer days, more food will be available and the clams will continue to grow.”
Clatsop Beach is Oregon’s most popular area for razor clamming and can be open Oct. 1-July 14 each year, provided ODA testing finds clams are safe to eat. Recent tests show razor clams from Clatsop Beach are safe to consume.