ODFW Seeks Applicants for Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board

Image: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is seeking applicants to fill a commercial salmon industry position on the state Fish Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Program Board.

The ideal candidate, according to the ODFW, would be a resident of Oregon who’s able to represent the state’s commercial salmon industry. Stated desirable attributes include involvement with local fishing groups or fish management, previous experience with boards or commissions, and knowledge of, or involvement with commercially caught salmon in Oregon.

“We encourage individuals that can represent seafood processors, the commercial troll fleet, or gillnet fleet to apply,” Fish and Wildlife said in a statement.

The Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1989 to help fund fish restoration and enhancement projects throughout the state. The program is funded by a surcharge on sport and commercial fishing licenses and commercial poundage fees.

The program’s overseen by a seven-member citizen board made up of three sport fishing representatives, three representatives from the commercial salmon industry (troll, gillnet and seafood processing) and one public-at-large representative.

The board reviews grant proposals from various organizations and agencies and recommends projects for funding.

Board members, who are appointed to four-year terms by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission, meet two to four times each year in various communities throughout the state to review project funding applications, hear public testimony, act as liaisons between the program and the public and to conduct other program business.

Although board members are volunteers, board-related business expenses are reimbursed.

Interested individuals must apply by Oct. 2, 2023 using this form: https://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/RE/docs/board/2022/RE%20Board%20Application%202022%20form%20fillable.pdf

For more information, visit the R&E program website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/fish/RE or contact Marty Olson with the R&E program at (503) 947-6232 or Martin.P.Olson@ODFW.Oregon.Gov.