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Shedding light on lampreys

Published on March 14, 2017 12:56PM

Photo by T. Lawrence, Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Photo by T. Lawrence, Great Lakes Fishery Commission

Plans for the protection of three species of Oregon Coast lamprey will be at the center of a presentation to the Siletz Watershed Council on Tuesday, March 21.

Ben Clemens, statewide lamprey coordinator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, will detail state efforts to protect the Western Brook Lamprey, Western River Lamprey and Pacific Lamprey.

Clemens 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, he has worked on projects related to juvenile chinook salmon in the Columbia River estuary as well as lamprey biology, and has led ODFW’s fish ageing laboratory. In his new role as statewide lamprey coordinator, Clemens is working on conservation plans for Oregon lampreys, liaising with the US Fish and Wildlife Service on its Pacific Lamprey Conservation Initiative, and identifying ways to help fill information gaps critical to informing conservation planning and actions for Oregon lampreys.

After the presentation, discussion will turn to logistics for the upcoming Siletz River Clean-up scheduled for Saturday, April 8.

The presentation, which is free and open to all, will begin at 6:30 pm at the Siletz Public library, 255 S Gaither Street. Light refreshments will be provided.

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