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  • Salmon-fishing seasons to be adopted Friday

  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is set to adopt its share of the ocean salmon-fishing seasons for sport anglers when it meets Friday in Roseburg.
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  • The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission is set to adopt its share of the ocean salmon-fishing seasons for sport anglers when it meets Friday in Roseburg.
    The Pacific Fishery Management Council last week adopted the most liberal chinook season in three years for those fishing out of Southern Oregon ports thanks to improvements in the number of chinook now finning off the Northern California and Southern Oregon coast.
    The PFMC has jurisdiction over waters outside of three miles from shore. The near-shore waters are under the jurisdiction of the state, and the commission regularly adopts the same seasons outlined by the PFMC.
    The chinook season will open Saturday, May 29, for the Memorial Day weekend and run uninterrupted through Monday, Sept. 6, the end of Labor Day weekend within the so-called Klamath Management Zone.
    It will be the first full-summer chinook season 2007.
    The KMZ includes waters from Humbug Mountain near Port Orford south to Horse Mountain south of Eureka, Calif., which includes the Port of Brookings-Harbor. Almost half the boats that launch from Brookings each summer come from the Rogue Valley.
    Also, a fin-clipped coho salmon fishery opens Saturday, June 26, along the Oregon Coast and runs until Sept. 6 or a 30,000-coho limit is reached. The daily salmon limit in the ocean remains two. All chinook must be at least 24 inches long and all fin-clipped hatchery coho must be at least 16 inches long.
    The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Access and Habitat Board will meet Tuesday, April 28, in Medford to discuss how it will dole out money raised in the special auction hunts for managing big-game species.
    The board will meet from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rogue Regency Inn & Suites, 2300 Biddle Road. It is open to the public and includes an opportunity for public comment at 10 a.m.
    The agenda includes a discussion of the program budget and the review of projects under consideration for funding.
    The A&H Program funds projects that provide hunter access and/or improve wildlife habitat on private land. The A&H Program is funded by a $4 surcharge on hunting licenses, big-game auction and raffle tag sales, and from the Green Forage program.
    For additional information about the meeting, call program staff at 503-947-6314. More information about the A&H Program can be found on the Web at www.dfw.state.or.us/AH/.
    The Medford-based Rogue Flyfishers Association is now taking reservations for its upcoming annual dinner, set for Wednesday, May 19, in Medford.
    The auction is the main fundraiser for the club, which uses the money to help finance conservation and fish-restoration projects in the Rogue Valley, as well as college scholarships and community events.The banquet will be from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel, 200 N. Riverside Ave. Tickets cost $30 per person and include dinner and wine tasting. The association plans to auction fishing gear, hotel and restaurant certificates, golf and theater packages and fishing and hunting trips.
    For reservations or details, e-mail Bmacnair@charter.net or call 541-776-4094. The Rogue Flyfishers website is www.rogueflyfishers.org.
    Three Curry County beaches are on a short list of possible sites proposed for water-quality monitoring this summer by Oregon public-health experts who look for elevated bacteria levels.
    The state Department of Human Services is taking public comment on which beaches should be tested as part of a program that steers beach-goers away from areas with public-health concerns.
    The list includes Harris Beach near Brookings, Hunter Creek Beach south of Gold Beach and Battle Rock near Port Orford. For a complete view of the proposed sites, visit www.oregon.gov/DHS/ph/beaches/index.shtml.
    Since 2003, state public-health officials have used federal grants to monitor popular Oregon beaches and make timely reports to the public about elevated levels of fecal bacteria.
    Comments on this year's list will be taken through April 28. Comments may be e-mailed to Jennifer Ketterman at jennifer.a.ketterman@state.or.us, faxed to 971-673-0431 or mailed to Jennifer Ketterman, 800 NE Oregon St., Suite 640, Portland, OR 97232.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or e-mail mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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