15 April 2013
Good News for Salmon fishers…
Fisheries managers say all the signs are pointing to a very good season when it comes to salmon fishing this year. Recreational and commercial troll Chinook salmon fishing on the central Oregon coast looks especially good thanks to strong returns to the Sacramento and Klamath rivers. Anglers on the north coast can also expect good returns of Columbia River Chinook, but they will still be limited.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife deputy administrator Steve Williams said a solid salmon season could turn out to be a “real economic shot in the arm” for coastal communities.
Sport and commercial anglers have already been reporting good success between Newport and Bandon.
The Pacific Fisheries Management Council adopted increased quotas for the central and south coast last week, plus approved a limited sport Coho season for both hatchery and native fish that feature quotas higher than last year.
Joint Session to Discuss Estuary Partnership
The Florence City Council and Planning Commission will meet this evening in a special joint session to hear an update on the Siuslaw Estuary Partnership Program.
Planning Consultant Carol Heinkel will talk about the effort that includes an aquifer protection plan and wetlands corridors.
Amendments to the Florence Comprehensive Plan will be required to implement many of the proposals.
The joint meeting is at six pm. Immediately following, the council will convene for their regular session and two of the action items on the agenda will deal directly with estuary partnership proposals.
Truck Crash Closes Highway 101
Highway 101 about 15 miles north of Florence was closed or restricted for nearly four hours midday Saturday after a semi-truck and trailer overturned.
Oregon State Police said the crash occurred at about 10:40 AM and traffic was reopened by 2:30. No injuries were reported and no other information was released.