ODFW staff will outline a new process by which anglers can propose new or modified fishing regulations for 2013 at two public meetings in Burns and Ontario.

The Ontario meeting will be on Thursday, Jan.5 at 7 p.m. at the Malheur County Extension Office at 710 SW 5th St. W, Ontario 97914.

The Burns meeting will be on Thursday, Jan. 12 at 6 p.m. at the State Office Building (next to Wagner’s Furniture) at 809 W Jackson St., Burns 97720.

According to Shannon Hurn, ODFW fish biologist in Hines, every four years ODFW invites the public to submit their own proposals for fishing regulations. The new process introduced this year is designed to allow for more meaningful public participation, improve the quality of proposals, and reduce the number of proposals for final review by the Fish and Wildlife Commission.

“This year we’re really urging anglers to meet with their local ODFW fish biologist before submitting a regulation proposal,” Hurn said. “This will give us a chance to work with them to refine their proposal and make sure we’ve identified all the issues. Or, we might think of another way to accomplish their objective.”

Meeting attendees will be able to:

  • Ask questions about how to submit a proposal for a regulation change
  • Get some pointers for preparing a successful proposal
  • Learn the best ways to show there is public support for their idea
  • Vet their preliminary ideas by staff

“This won’t be the time to submit proposals and get a formal review,” Hurn said. “But staff may be able to tell someone if an idea has been proposed before, or if there’s an overwhelming biological reason it won’t be possible.”

Information about the fishing regulation development process – including a list of ODFW staff proposals and guidelines for submitting a proposal –will be on the ODFW website by Jan. 3 at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/fishing/fishing_regs_public_process.asp

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