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Ocean salmon dates set

Photo by Mark FreemanJamie Lusch holds a chinook salmon landed while ocean fishing near Brookings in 2018.

Southern Oregon ocean anglers will see their salmon season open June 18 and run through Aug. 21 under new frameworks adopted this week to ensure good inland returns of regional chinook salmon.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council set this year’s season with an eye toward conservation while providing a good opportunity to catch much-desired chinook salmon off the southern Oregon Coast.

The ports of Brookings and Gold Beach will open for fin-clipped coho salmon June 18, and the chinook season will open June 25.

Both seasons are set to close Aug. 21. The chinook season will remain open until the end date because it has no catch quota that could trigger a closure.

The fin-clipped coho season has a quota of 100,000 fish from Cape Falcon south to the California border. If early weather conditions cooperate and catches are high, the season could close before Aug. 21.

The chinook season is based on anglers catching no more than 10% of 4-year-old Klamath River chinook now in the ocean, PFMC data states. The buffer in recent years has been 16%, records show.

Chinook are the most highly prized of the Pacific Northwest salmon because they are the largest of the ilk and often considered the tastiest.

Seasons in Southern Oregon and Northern California are set by the PFMC to ensure that enough of the weakest of the region’s stocks escape sport and commercial fishing seasons to spawn in rivers.

The weakest stock in this region is Klamath River fall chinook.

The limit will remain two salmon a day, in aggregate.

The Port of Brookings-Harbor is one of the safest ports in Oregon and often registers the most catches of chinook among Oregon ports.

The port’s south-facing bar crossing on the Chetco River means it enjoys the most days a year of bar conditions deemed passable by boats, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Run with Grace fundraiser Saturday

The Run With Grace 5K Run/Walk will hold its sixth annual event Saturday at the Rogue Valley Country Club to help further awareness about teen depression and suicide.

The event honors the life of Grace Holt, a 15-year-old Medford girl who lost her life to depression through suicide six years ago.

Proceeds go to the Grace & Kindness nonprofit. Grace & Kindness gives scholarships to local youth for summer camps and enrichment programs. Funds also go to help educate students about teen depression and suicide through a new program called Connections.

The 5K Run will start at 6 p.m. in front of the clubhouse at 2660 Hillcrest Road in Medford.

Bib and gear pick-up will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday in Jackson Library Room downstairs at the Rogue Valley Country Club. Shirt and hoodie sweatshirts will be available for purchase.

For those who cannot attend the live 5K, a virtual option has been added that will run through the month of April.

The run costs $20 for adults and $10 for students. Adults wishing to take part virtually can do so for $15, with virtual student status costing $5.

For virtual run and more information, go to runwithgrace.org.

Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@rosebudmedia.com.