The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a virtual meeting beginning at 8 a.m. this Friday, Sept. 17, and one of the agenda items will be the review of a draft conservation plan to reduce the risk of whale entanglement in Dungeness crab fishing gear.
Over the past six years, ODFW has been actively working with industry and many other partners to address marine life entanglements in Oregon’s crab and other fisheries. ODFW developed a proactive management strategy to reduce risk in the Oregon ocean commercial Dungeness crab fishery that is now documented in the draft plan, along with plans for adaptive management and performance monitoring. The overarching vision of the plan is for the co-existence of a vibrant commercial crab fishery and recovering ESA-listed populations of humpback whales, blue whales and leatherback sea turtles in ocean waters off Oregon.
To see the meeting agenda and view a livestream of the meeting, go to https://tinyurl.com/xe5thbv3