Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

State Begins Hazing of Waterbird on Oregon Coast to Protect Juvenile Salmon

Published 03/30/2017 at 6:53 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

State Begins Hazing of Waterbird on Oregon Coast to Protect Juvenile Salmon

(Oregon Coast) – Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) recently announced it plans to conduct “hazing” of one species of bird along parts of the Oregon coast to protect juvenile salmon. This purposeful harassment is being done to increase survival of the fish as it is a primary prey of the double-crested cormorant. (Above: Tillamook Bay, where some of the hazing will take place).

This particular kind of cormorant is a fish-eating waterbird which has a large population throughout the state, and it is particularly prevalent is estuaries from April through October. Research indicates cormorants can consume significant numbers of juvenile salmon during this time period.

In order to reduce the threat to young fish, ODFW is partnering with several local government agencies and nonprofit groups to haze cormorants on six Oregon coast estuaries over the next few months.

To reduce the threat to young fish, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is working with several nonprofit and local governmental organizations to haze cormorants on six coastal estuaries over the next two to four months.

Hazing will continue through May 31 on the Nehalem, Nestucca (Pacific City), and Coquille river estuaries, and on Tillamook Bay and Waldport's Alsea Bay. The program will continue through at least July 31 on the lower Columbia River, where hazing will occur at a variety of locations, including Young’s Bay, Blind Slough, and Tongue Point.

Hazing will involve driving the birds from locations where juvenile salmon are seasonally concentrated, toward areas where non-salmon fish species are more abundant. Workers will use boats and, on some estuaries, small pyrotechnics, to accomplish the task.

ODFW said this form of hazing is intended to increase the survival of both wild-spawned and hatchery salmon juveniles as they migrate to the ocean. Some of these spring migrants represent species that are experiencing conditions of conservation risk, including coho salmon, which is federally threatened in Oregon under the Endangered Species Act.

Hazing workers are being provided by the Clatsop County Fisheries Project, Port of Nehalem, Port of Bandon, North Coast Salmon and Steelhead Enhancement Fund, and Alsea Sportsmen’s Association. ODFW will provide a portion of the funding and program oversight, and will conduct some hazing operations itself to protect hatchery releases on the lower Columbia River.

ODFW has coordinated the cormorant hazing project for the last eight years, although cormorant hazing in some form has occurred at some Oregon estuaries intermittently since 1988.









More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 


 


Coastal Spotlight

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Warm, Sunny Portland and Oregon Coast This Week; Spring Break Starts Wet, Lar...
Temps in the 70s, but spring break gets off to a wet and dramatic start; wave perhaps 20 ft
Oregon Coast Whale Watch Week Begins Soon, Includes Live Stream
Spring Whale Watch Week festival of cetaceans returns March 23 through 31
First Ever Find on Washington Coast: Oregon Crew Discovers Pacific Snake Eel
To date, there are only three recorded incidents of one being found in Oregon. Science, Seaside Aquarium
Weird Interactions of Oregon Coast Weather and Tideline
How the temperatures can change between the tideline and the vegetation line
Who Has the Price Drops on Oregon Coast for Spring Break?
Astoria lodging, Seaside lodging, Cannon Beach lodging, Manzanita lodging, Rockaway Beach lodging deals, Pacific City lodging, Lincoln City lodging, Depoe Bay lodging, Newport lodging, Yachats lodging
Mananita, Rockaway Beach, Nehalem Bay Virtual Tour, N. Oregon Coast
All the beaches of Manzanita, Rockaway Beach, Nehalem and Wheeler in great detail
Festival of Illusions Returns to Wow the Central Oregon Coast Town of Lincoln...
The famed fest of magic comes back March 24 through April 4. Lincoln City events
Science Behind the Puffy, Bubbly Pillow Basalts of the Oregon Coast
All this happened along the Oregon coast some 14 to 40 million years ago. Geology, Yachats, Depoe Bay

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details