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Marine Board Meeting January 22 in Clackamas - 01/14/19

The Oregon State Marine Board will hold their next quarterly Board meeting on January 22, beginning at 9 am.  The meeting will be held at Clackamas Community College, McLoughlin Hall, 19600 Molalla Ave., in Oregon City.  Food and drink are not allowed in the McLoughlin Room.   

The Board will consider adopting rules for Boat Operations on Turner Lake (OAR 250-020-0259) and Marine Sanitation Device Requirements (OAR 250-010-0750); and the Newberg Pool on the Willamette River which encompasses Clackamas (OAR 250-020-0032) Marion and Yamhill Counties (OAR 250-020-0385).  The public comment period for these items is closed.  

Following the rule actions, the Board will review and deliberate Cycle Three boating facility grants. 

For more information and to view the staff report, visit http://www.oregon.gov/OSMB/info/Pages/Board-and-Public-Meetings.aspx.

For a map to Clackamas Community College, McLoughlin Hall, visit http://bit.ly/2PxKLvQ.

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"Operation Good Neighbor" -Marine Enforcement Targets Safety, Legal Guiding - 01/02/19

The Oregon State Marine Board, in coordination with the Curry County Sheriff's Office, will conduct enhanced boating enforcement on popular southern coastal rivers for winter steelhead in early 2019. 

Southern Oregon is a draw for out-of-state Guides and popular with bank and drift angling.  "There are a few key weekends each year that generate a lot of complaints if the rivers are in good shape," said Randy Henry, Boating Safety Program Manager for the Marine Board. "For the last three years we’ve conducted special emphasis patrols to help ensure that all fishing guides are properly licensed, boats are registered, and conflict between boat and bank anglers is minimized. These efforts seem to help," Henry adds.

The Marine Board partners with the U.S. Forest Service, Oregon State Police and volunteer organizations to help patrol the waterways during years where there’s good water and good fish returns.  "We just want people to get along, share the water, and be good neighbors," says Henry. “People get pretty excited when the fish are in.  Each year we get reports of illegal guiding, fights between boat and bank anglers, and even between operators of motorboats and non-motorized boats.  In the last few years, the Marine Board hosted local meetings to better understand the issues and most people don't want new restrictions on the fishing or boating opportunities, just to address conflict between user groups.  Law enforcement presence and engagement seems to help sort out the problems."

Henry further noted a special interest in identifying unlicensed guides. "Licensed guides introduce people to safe, legal fishing opportunities, and many take their stewardship responsibilities very seriously. Unlicensed guides put their clients at risk; they may not have adequate insurance, they're teaching unethical and illegal behavior, and setting a poor example for the profession," said Henry. Ethical guides and local recreationists want them off the river.  If you believe you're seeing illegal guides on southern coastal rivers or anywhere else, record their boat registration information and other basic details and report them.   We'll investigate. We're watching,” Henry adds. 

To issue a Guide complaint, bookmark this page: https://www.oregon.gov/osmb/Pages/Guide-Complaint.aspx.

For more information about the Marine Board, Outfitter Guide registrations, and partnerships with Marine Law Enforcement, visit https://www.boatoregon.com.

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The Marine Board is funded by registration, title fees and marine fuel taxes paid by motorized boaters.  No lottery, general fund tax dollars or local facility parking fees are used to support the agency or its programs.  Boater-paid fees go back to boaters in the form of boating safety services (on-the-water enforcement, training, and equipment), education/outreach materials, and boating access facility grants (boat ramps, docks, parking, restrooms, and construction and maintenance).  The Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Permit program is dedicated funding to pay for border inspection stations, decontamination equipment, inspectors, and signage/outreach materials.  The Mandatory Education Program is self-supporting and revenue helps pay for education materials and boater education cards.  For more information about the Marine Board and its programs, visit www.boatoregon.com.