Boaters Needed To Assist With Port To Port Clean-up On Yaquina

Organizers of a Yaquina Bay fishing derby will collect litter along the bay’s banks between Newport and Toledo next month, and are looking for boats and drivers to help access the shores.

The first-ever Port to Port River Clean-up is coming April 22, part of the U Da Man Fishing Tournament group’s efforts to improve habitat along the Yaquina River.

Tom Simpson, its secretary, says it’s the first organized clean-up of the river in years.

ORGANIZERS OF A CLEAN-UP OF THE BANKS OF THE LOWER YAQUINA RIVER IN LATE APRIL ARE LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WITH BOATS TO FERRY LITTER PICKERS TO SPOTS INACCESSIBLE FROM ROADWAYS. THIS PICTURE SHOWS U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT CREWS PLACING CHRISTMAS TREES FURTHER UPSTREAM, PART OF THE GROUP’S EFFORTS TO ENHANCE AND CLEAN SALMON HABITAT ON THE CENTRAL COAST SYSTEM. (U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT)

It will be held in conjunction with other such events held around Oregon on Earth Day, with assistance from SOLVE, both port districts, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Longview Hills Fishing Club, Dahl’s Disposal and Englund Marine.

Earlier this month, U Da Man volunteers placed used Christmas trees in the Yaquina further upstream to provide habitat for Chinook and coho smolts.

According to a press from release Simpson, those who have a boat and would like to help out are being asked to contact Steve Barham (541-563-3686; steve.w.barham@gmail.com) for more info.

For more on meeting points, hours and other details, see the SOLVE webpage for the event.

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