February 19, 2020 10:40 a.m.
Two stakeholder teams will meet next week for the first time as part of an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife process to develop the Rogue-South Coast Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan for winter and summer steelhead, coho salmon and cutthroat trout.
An ODFW release said the teams will convene in Gold Beach and Central Point for an introductory meeting to learn about the department’s Native Fish Conservation Policy, the fish conservation and management plan development process and to finalize a charter. The release said staff is also presenting a summary of fish counts and recent management practices, including current status data for the four-native fish in the RSP.
The release said stakeholder teams represent conservation and angling groups, watershed councils, fishing guides, recreational anglers and government entities. The teams will meet again in March and April, and staff hopes to have a draft plan ready for public review later in the summer.
Meetings are set for Wednesday at the Curry Public Library in Gold Beach, and Thursday at the Mace Watchable Wildlife Memorial Center at the Jackson County Expo in Central Point. Both will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will be open to the public.