Oregon mulls new angling rules for 2013

Oregon is embarking on an almost year-long process to examine possible changes to angling regulations both locally and statewide that would go into effect in 2013.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is in the process of collecting new angling-regulation proposals from its staff and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife troopers for consideration next year.

The proposals will be presented for public review in January as the agency begins a two-month period during which it will solicit proposals from the public.

The various proposals will be offered for public consumption in March and they will be forwarded to internal review teams that will look at the proposals either from a district or statewide perspective, according to the ODFW.

Those proposals deemed to lack social or biological merit will be rejected, while those that meet the criteria will be presented in May during a series of public meetings to gather feedback. Input will also be taken via the Internet.

Next August, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will get an informational preview on the entire package of proposals and break them down into three categories — those for adoption, for further consideration and rejection.

During its September meeting, the commission will hear detailed presentations on the proposals before adopting the package.

After the last round of wholesale regulation changes in 2009, the commission asked ODFW to find ways to streamline the process and encourage the public to offer non-biological proposals as well as address biological and conservation issues.

— Mark Freeman

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