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Public hearing set for
Thursday regarding displaced fishers grants
News Times 11/29/06
The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board will accept
comments at a public hearing set for 1 p.m.
Thursday on proposed rules to establish criteria
for various fish habitat improvement grants that
employ displaced fishers.
The public hearing will be held in the Guin
Library Seminar Room at the Hatfield Marine
Science Center in South Beach. Written comments
will be accepted through Dec. 6.
A number of grants awarded earlier this year were
issued according to temporary rules adopted by the
OWEB Board in July. The rules currently proposed
would make the criteria in the temporary rules
A copy of the proposed rules may be obtained by
visiting the OWEB office in Salem at 775 Summer
St. NE; by calling and requesting a copy from
Maribeth Mattson at (503) 986-0202; and by
downloading them from www.oregon.gov/OWEB. Click
on “Rules & Statutes” in the left index column.
Send written comments to Melissa Leoni, or send
comments by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
with the phrase “Salmon Season Rules” in the
subject line. Questions concerning the rules or
this process may be directed to Leoni, at (503)
In June 2006, the OWEB Board authorized $2.2
million in lottery funds to support five new
programs to employ displaced fishers. The programs
respond to a governor's executive order declaring
a state of emergency due to limits on ocean
The programs allow fishing crews to help rebuild
salmon populations to restore the fishery. The
board allocated an additional $500,000 for the
program in September due to strong response.
The five programs have been under way since early
July. They involve two contracts with Oregon State
University and three competitive grant programs
administered by OWEB. To date, the new programs
have supported the employment of more than 100
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