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Stakeholders meet to focus on coastal fisheries proposals

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 12th, 2013

Derek Pennel, left, a member of Friends of Lake Creek Steelhead, and ODFW’s Mid-Coast Biologist Bob Buckman take questions about proposed changes to the Lake Creek steelhead fishery. (courtesy photo)

Well over 100 people turned out Sunday evening to learn about current proposals in a state conservation plan that will affect the Lake Creek steelhead fishery. Residents in the area also believe the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) Coastal Multi-Species Conservation and Management Plan will affect surrounding communities.

Lake Creek runs from Triangle Lake to the Siuslaw River along Highway 36. It feeds into the Siuslaw River just below Stagecoach Road by Swisshome and its tributaries include Green Leaf, Indian and Green creeks.

The meeting was organized by a newly formed group called Friends of Lake Creek Steelhead (FoLCS). Deadwood-area resident Derek Pennel, a member of the group, served as moderator for the evening.

“I’ve been fishing Lake Creek all my life,” Pennel told the gathering by way of introduction. “They’ve been planting steelhead and other fish around here since before my dad was growing up, almost 75 years ago. What’s being proposed now would eliminate the hatchery steelhead from the area.

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