'We pretty much got everything back that they took away'
COOS BAY, Ore. - Oregon has adopted a blueprint for managing coastal salmon for the next 12 years.
Anglers have made a point of being at the table along the way.
"Originally they took away a tremendous amount of hatchery fish from our rivers," said Bruce Bertrand with the South Coast Anglers STEP Association, "and for two years we've been fighting it."
After meeting after meeting, the state, stakeholders and anglers finally reached a compromise.
"We pretty much got everything back that they took away except two things," Bertrand said.
One is a shift of winter stealhead from the East Fork of the Coquille to the North and South forks
"It's not only kind of shifting where our hatchery focus is, but allowing some wild fish harvesting on steelhead in the East fork of the Coquille," said Mike Gray, fish biologist with Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The Elk River will see a reduction of 50,000 fall chinnook.
Overall, Bertrand says thanks to the public and local leaders.
"Grassroots level all the way to our legislators, they finally I think tipped the scale in our favor so I think we came out about as good as we could have," he said.
"That way we will make sure that these species and stalks persist into the future and still provide as much angling opportunity as we can," Gray said.