ODFW release – SALEM, Ore.—Meetings to discuss regulation changes in response to low returns of fall Chinook are kicking off tonight in Nehalem. See full list of meetings below. ODFW is proposing temporary harvest limits and closures for coastal wild fall Chinook fisheries due to low escapement in 2018 and poor forecasts for this year. For more information about staff proposals, see

https://myodfw.com/articles/proposed-2019-fall-chinook-regulations  These proposed temporary regulation changes provide fishing opportunity while reducing harvest and increasing spawning escapement of wild fall Chinook. The meetings are to seek public input that will help balance these two objectives and assist managers should additional regulations be needed during the season. Proposed harvest reduction measures are in line with actions developed through the 2014 Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan for addressing low wild fall Chinook abundance. Proposals for streams and rivers from Euchre Creek to the California border are also in line with the 2013 Rogue Fall Chinook Conservation Plan. Meeting locations and schedules follow:  North Bend – May 21, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Avenue.  Newport – May 29, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Hallmark Resort, 844 Elizabeth St., Mid Coast (Siuslaw to Salmon River).  Port Orford – May 30, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Port Orford Public Library, 1421 Oregon Street.  Brookings – June 5, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Chetco Community Public Library, 405 Alder Street.

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