THE FOLLOWING IS A PRESS RELEASE FROM THE U DA MAN FISHING TOURNAMENT
The Executive Board of the U Da Man Fishing Tournament (UDM) has made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s fishing tournament that was scheduled for Saturday, October 12th.
Based on information presented by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) staff at a public meeting held on 05-29-2019, returning wild (non clipped) Chinook populations are forecast to be near historic lows on all Central Coast streams in Oregon, including the Yaquina River.
The Yaquina River has no hatchery or salmon enhancement programs. Nearly all Chinook harvested by sport anglers are non clipped.
ODFW is proposing regulations this year that would limit anglers to just one non clipped Chinook a day, with a total aggregate catch of five non clipped Chinook total for the central river zone rivers. The executive board members are confident that ODFW will implement these regulations and agree with ODFW’s decision to do so.
For the past 20 years, the UDM group has worked to protect and enhance the Salmon populations and habitat on the Yaquina River, supported by many community members and local businesses. Last year’s event saw 111 participants with only one Chinook salmon weighed for the winning prize.
While we are disappointed in having to cancel the October event, we feel it would be hypocritical of our group to hold the tournament and put even more pressure on the forecasted low returns of non clipped Chinook salmon.
UDM has purchased a new Willie Drift boat to raffle this year. The boat will be on display and all tickets will be sold at Englund Marine and Industrial Supply in Newport beginning June 8th. The 17 foot drift boat package includes oars, anchor, 2 inflatable PFD’s and a galvanized Saxon trailer valued at $9950. Tickets cost $50 each and only 200 will be sold. In lieu of the tournament, the winner will be announced at Englund Marine and Industrial Supply at 12 noon on October 12th.
Funds usually generated by the tournament and the raffle support our projects on the Yaquina River, which include the Port to Port River Clean Up, Coho Ho habitat enhancement, contributions to local schools for wildlife and outdoor projects as well as our scholarship awards to local graduating high school seniors who plan on continuing their education in fields such as marine biology, fisheries and related fields.
Without the monies generated by the tournament, our available funds will be severely depleted. UDM is a small group and a registered nonprofit 501c3. We hope that you will continue to support UDM in these efforts by purchasing raffle tickets.