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Marine Commercial Fishing - Wildlife Trafficking

Implementation of Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act (Ballot Measure 100 / House Bill 2576)

Background

The Wildlife Trafficking Prevention Act (Act) was passed as Ballot Measure 100 in the 2016 election, and was modified by the Oregon legislature in the 2017 session as House Bill 2576 which became effective July 1, 2017. The Act prohibits sale of parts or products of covered species in Oregon. Covered species include all sharks and rays (excluding skates, order Rajiformes), but there are exemptions for species which are managed under a federal Fishery Management Plan and for activities that are expressly authorized by federal law.

Covered and exempt species

We have provided lists of covered and exempt species that are known to occur in waters off Oregon or having a record of landings in the state in an Industry Notice dated August 17, 2017. In addition we have developed a complete list of exempt ray and shark species which are exempt because they are subject to one or more federal Fishery Management Plans, covering all regions of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone.  See links below.

Implementation in Oregon Administrative Rule

The Department has also adopted temporary rules which further clarify and implement provisions of HB 2576.  The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will consider permanent rules at a future date, which may modify the lists of species.

Reminders

Basking shark, white shark, oceanic whitetip shark, and whale shark are federally prohibited species and may not be harvested.

Shark finning is prohibited both federally and by Oregon law. Fins must remain naturally attached to the body of the shark (i.e., by at least a flap of skin) throughout harvest and processing.

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