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An overview of fall Chinook, coho and steelhead stock status will be on offer in a presentation hosted by the Siletz Watershed Council on Tuesday, March 19.

Paul Olmstead, assistant district fish biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will give some insight into Mid-Coast fish populations following the low returns of fall Chinook and emergency angling restrictions put in place this fall.

Olmstead will also present updates on restoration work ODFW is currently carrying out in the Siletz Basin, as well as projects set to begin this summer.

Raised in McMinnville, Olmstead attended both Oregon State University and University of Oregon and worked as a wildland fire fighter with the US Forest Service before starting his career with ODFW. For 13 years, he has conducted field work and research with the agency, from as far south as Roseburg and as far north as Nehalem, including eight years at the Corvallis Research Lab. He is currently based in Newport.

“I have always had a curiosity and passion surrounding fishing and the biology and ecology associated with salmon, steelhead, and trout in the Pacific Northwest, especially in the Oregon Coast range,” he said. “I grew up spending lots of time fishing, hunting, camping, and backpacking with my family throughout Oregon and enjoy being outside on a river as much as possible.”

Olmstead’s presentation will begin at 6:30 pm at the Siletz Public Library on 225 SE Gaither Street. Light refreshments will be provided.

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