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Pink Shrimp: Regulations

Regulations update

Two items were adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commision (OFWC) for the 2018 pink shrimp season

  1. A formal fishery management plan - Draft Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Feb 2016 (final will be updated spring 2018)
  2. Required use of lighting devices on the footrope of shrimp trawls

See the Commission exhibit materials and transcripts here

For more information on either of these items, please contact Scott Groth (541) 888 5515

2018 key regulations that apply to OREGON deliveries of pink shrimp and when fishing in OREGON state waters (last updated 02/27/2018):

Key regulations that apply to Oregon pink shrimp deliveries


Fishing off CA*

Fishing off OR**

Fishing off WA***


0-3 miles

No fishing

OR permit needed

No fishing

3-200 miles
Key closed areas

Delgada Canyon, Tolo Bank, other closed areas
(see CA regs here)

Nehalem Banks, Daisy Bank, Stonewall Bank, Heceta Bank, Coquille Banks

Grays Canyon
(see WA regs here)

See federal EFH areas**** here

Mesh size

Minimum 1-3/8”

No minimum

Logbook Required


≤ ¾” spaced rigid grate


5, LEDs in central 16 feet of each net, spaced 4 feet apart (More LEDs may be used)

see list of Department approved LEDs below

Count per pound

≤160 shrimp/ pound

VMS/ RCA declaration



April 1- October 31

Groundfish by-catch****

Some bycatch landings are allowed, see the Federal register for current limits here.

*CA Regulation details:, pages 102-105.
**OR Regulation details:, pages 28-32.
***WA Regulation details:
**** NMFS published groundfish limits:


Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) and Oregon Revised Statutes (ORSs) related to pink shrimp
The rules that govern the fishery: OAR sections 635-005-0575 through 635-005-0645
Definition, fines and damages ORS.506

Landings fees, fishery board,

permits: single delivery, transfer, totals, etc

Buying, selling, waste, transport, etc. ORS.509
Control, inspection, handling ORS.513


Department approved footrope lighting devices (e.g. LEDs)
Model Color Where to find them
Lindgren-Pitman Electralume Green

Most coastal commercial fishing supply stores

Online- here

Catch All Tackle, Deep Drop fishing light

Green Online- here
Rock- engineering rope LED light Green  
These three LEDs are the currently approved (2018) footrope lighting devices. ODFW is willing and interested to work with vessel operators or manufacturers on adding more footrope lighting devices to this list.



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