The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking a qualified candidate to represent water users on the state’s Fish Passage Task Force.

The Fish Passage Task Force advises the ODFW Director and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission on matters related to program development and implementation, passage waivers and exemptions, funding, monitoring, reporting to joint legislative committee, and project prioritization.

“The Task Force and its members are instrumental in the implementation of Oregon’s Fish Passage Statutes and the conservation of native fish species,” said Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program Coordinator. “These members bring myriad perspectives into the fish passage arena which creates a program that is responsive to both native migratory fish and societal needs.”

The nine members of the Fish Passage Task Force are appointed by the ODFW Director and are eligible to serve two four-year terms. These volunteers represent water users, fisheries and conservation interests, and the general public.

Oregon state statute requires owners and operators of artificial obstructions to provide for passage of adult and juvenile native migratory fish whenever there is new construction, major replacement, a permit change or abandonment of the obstruction. Providing fish safe and affective access to historic habitat is one of the best ways to conserve and restore Oregon’s native migratory fish populations.

Individuals interested in serving on the ODFW Fish Passage Task Force can request additional information or an application from Greg Apke, ODFW Fish Passage Program Coordinator, at (503) 947-6228. He also can be reached by e-mail at greg.d.apke@state.or.us.  Applications will be accepted through September 21, 2012.

Logo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

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