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The latest goings-on at the MidCoast Watersheds Council

Monthly Meeting, May 2017

MidCoast Watersheds Council

Conservation planning for three lampreys of coastal Oregon:  Western Brook Lamprey, Western River Lamprey, and Pacific Lamprey

 Thursday May 4th, 2017 6:30 PM  Central Lincoln PUD

Lamprey species first appear in the fossil record over 450 million years ago. Myth and legend follow these mysterious and secretive fish; you now have an opportunity to learn more and separate myth from reality.

The public is invited to a presentation by Ben Clemens at the MidCoast Watersheds Council meeting on Thursday May 4th, 2017 at 6:30pm, to learn about lamprey on the Oregon coast. The meeting will be held in the public meeting room at the Central Lincoln PUD building, located at 2129 N Coast Hwy in Newport, across from the Safeway complex.  Refreshments will be served.

Ben Clemens is the Statewide Lamprey Coordinator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Ben earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Central Michigan University, Master’s degree in Zoology from the University of Guelph, and Doctorate in Fisheries from Oregon State University. Since 2004, Ben has worked on projects related to juvenile Chinook Salmon in the Columbia River estuary, lamprey biology, and led ODFW’s fish ageing laboratory. In his new role as Statewide Lamprey Coordinator, Ben is working on conservation plans for Oregon lampreys, liaising with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on their Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative, and is identifying areas needing research, monitoring, and evaluation to help fill information gaps critical to informing conservation planning and actions for Oregon lampreys.

Come learn more about the mysterious lamprey on May 4th!