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March Chapter Meeting
Bobby Hayden, Pacific Ocean Conservation Campaign, Pew Charitable Trusts
Tuesday, March 14
6:00-7:00, No Host Eats and Drinks
7:00-9:00, Speaker Program
High Rocks Restaurant, 915 E. Arlington, Gladstone

Bobby Hayden, Senior Associate, Pacific Ocean Conservation Campaign is our speaker on this important but little known topic.

Forage fish play a crucial role in marine food webs in many ecosystems. These small fish are the primary food source for a myriad of marine mammals, seabirds, and larger fish, transferring energy throughout the marine food web. However, forage fish are also an increasingly valued commodity. One primary challenge for fisheries managers is determining a level of forage fish catch that accounts for their important ecological role in the larger marine environment. Science can provide critical knowledge to inform these decisions.

Forage fish familiar to Pacific Northwest anglers include Herring, Anchovies, Sardines and Krill, among many others. All these fish have harvest potential for human use but are critical to migrating fish in the ocean.

Check out the PEW Charitable Trust page including a cool video

Bobby joined Pew's Pacific Ocean Conservation Campaign in 2015 and leads their outreach work on the West Coast. For nearly fifteen years, he has advocated on behalf of working people and the environment with an array of organizations including Climate Solutions, the Save Our Wild Salmon Coalition, the Service Employees International Union, and America Coming Together along with volunteer work for Trout Unlimited, Elders in Action, and UNITE HERE. When he's not working, he can be found playing drums in a few bands, hanging out with his wife, Jenny, and their cat, Jove, failing to follow recipes in the kitchen, or out and about on his bike.
Sign up for the next Fly Tying Session!
Our next Fly Tying session will be on March 22nd, starting at 7:00pm. We will continue to focus on early season lake patterns such as Carey Specials, Rickards Callebaetis Nymphs and other requests. Conact Terry Turner to reserve your spot.

Your flies can be used at our upcomint outings. April 22nd is not far away!

2017 Outings
Upcoming Speakers
March: Rober Hayden, PEW Charitable Trust

April: Mary Ann Dozier and Dave Dozier, Central Oregon Fishing Opportunities and Bamboo Fly Rod Construction

May: TBD
Projects! Volunteer Opportunities
CRBC Watershed Wide Event!

Clackamas River Basin Council has a great Event coming up on March 11. Check out their website for more info.

CRBC Watershed Wide Event Info

RSVP today!

Steelhead Surveys Underway!

We have an awesome crew of volunteers trained for Steelhead Surveys on our assigned stretch of Eagle Creek in the Lower Clackamas. Our first 3 weekend surveys have been completed.
Hot Conservation and Fisheries News
Columbia River Gill Nets

The Governor has notified the ODFW commission that the latest decision was not in cooperation with WDFW direction, and goes against the agreed Columbia management plan. She called it "unacceptable". The next ODFW commission meeting is later this month.

TU is against this extension and have communicated our position to those of concern. Read Bill Monroe's Article

See the Joint TU Postion below


Lower Deschutes River Health Concerns

The conditions in the Lower Deschutes have changed over the past several years. Observed conditions indicate changes in hatch abundance and timing, along with water temperatures and pH levels. Many feel that the new selective water withdrawl tower installed by PGE is the cause of these changes. Others feel that there are additional factors affecting the Lower D.

Full disclosure, TU National Staff has been working with PGE on the re-introduction of Salmon and Steelhead above Round Butte Dam. We also have a number of members that share concerns voiced by the Deschutes River Alliance.

TU National Staff and the Oregon Council is strongly encouraging all parties to clearly identify the problems in the Lower Deschutes and work together to find solutions. While we would like to see the reintroduction be successful above Round Butte Dam, we would not accept degrading the lower river health to achieve this goal.

Submitted by Terry Turner, Oregon Council Chair.
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