Gold Beach area volunteers needed for fish projects

GOLD BEACH, Ore – ODFW is looking for volunteers to help with fish projects in the south coast area. The data collected helps biologists manage salmon and is also a high priority in the Rogue Fall Chinook SMU Conservation Plan.

People interested in volunteering for any of the following projects should call John Weber at 541-247-7605. All volunteers must complete a volunteer application and safety certification at the Gold Beach Field Office, 29907 Airport Way.

Winchuck River smolt trap: Weekdays June 1 – August 31.

Count juvenile fall chinook caught in a smolt trap and report data daily.
Measure and fin-clip a portion of fish caught.
Training is provided on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Huntley Park seining: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, July 15 – October 31.

Help ODFW staff set and pull in a seine net on the Rogue River to count adult salmon.
15 seine net sets per day.
Chetco River scale collection: Weekly November 15 – January 31.

Float the Chetco River or walk the banks to collect scale samples from spawned adult fall chinook carcasses.
Volunteers typically work in three-person crews from drift boats and can use their own boats or ODFW will assign helpers to other boats.

Training is provided in early November at the STEP Indian Creek Hatchery.