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By James Capurso, ORAFS Native Fish Committee Chair
In early September, 35 fisheries biologists convened in Tiller, Oregon for the 4th annual Nongame Native Fish Workshop. The featured species for 2016 were the Umpqua Dace, Chub, and Pikeminnow. The Native Fish Committee of the Oregon Chapter American Fisheries Society (ORAFS) organized the 24-hour workshop. The workshop started September 13nd at noon, in the Tiller Ranger District Office Conference Room where participants enjoyed a half day of presentations and discussions regarding the featured species. The 2016 workshop participants included agency, Tribal, organization, and university biologists and university students. Presenters included Doug Markle (OSU), Stewart Reid (Western Fishes), Jason Dunham and Krista Jones (USGS), Casey Baldwin (USFS), Cory Sipher (BLM), and Jason Brandt (ODFW). Umpqua native fish discussions continued late into the night around the campfire while camping at the 3C Rock Campground near Tiller. Dinner and breakfast were contributed by the ORAFS and the campground was provided by the USDA Forest Service.
The workshop continued the next day sampling for the featured species in the South Umpqua River. Fish were collected by trapping and shocking and observed by snorkeling. All three featured species were documented and habitat noted. Research biologists collected specimens for the Oregon State University fish collection library. The annual Nongame Native Fish Workshop started in 2013 featuring Modoc and Warner suckers of Southern Oregon and continued in 2014 featuring Blitzen River Whitefish and Borax Lake Chub of Eastern Oregon. Last year, it focused on the sculpin of the Necanicum River. Over the upcoming winter, the Oregon Chapter Native Fish Committee will select the 2017 workshop featured species.
Presenter Presentation Title and Link
Casey Baldwin Umpqua Chub Conservation Project
Stewart Reid In Celebration of the Pikeminnows