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The Scientific Taking Permit

Oregon Administrative Rules

635-007-0900
Permit Required

(1) Any person must have in possession a valid Scientific Taking Permit issued by the Department in order to take fish from the waters of this state for scientific or educational purposes.

(2) Except as provided in section (3) of this rule, a Scientific Taking Permit issued by the Department to any agency, corporation, association or other such entity of which one or more members may engage in the taking of fish, will be issued in the name of the entity. It shall be the responsibility of the entity to provide a copy of the permit to each member who intends to take fish and to have the member sign the permit copy on the signature line provided. A copy of a Scientific Taking Permit issued to an entity shall not be considered a valid permit unless signed by the member engaged in the taking of fish.

(3) Any student desiring to take fish for scientific or educational purposes as part of a program or course of study at an educational institution must obtain a Scientific Taking Permit in the student's own name. Students are not authorized to take fish under Scientific Taking Permits issued to an educational institution or its instructors.

(4) The Department may refuse to issue any Scientific Taking Permit if it finds:

(a) The proposed taking lacks scientific or educational merit or would adversely affect the fish populations of this state; or

(b) The applicant violated any term of any license or permit issued by the Department.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183.335, ORS 496.138, ORS 497.252, ORS 497.298, ORS 506.109, ORS 506.119 & ORS 508.111
Stats. Implemented: ORS 183.335, ORS 496.138, ORS 497.252, ORS 497.298, ORS 506.109, ORS 506.119 & ORS 508.111
Hist.: FWC 18-1992, f. 3-24-92, cert. ef. 4-1-92

635-007-0910
Scientific Taking Permit Application - Fish

(1) Any person or entity wishing to obtain a Scientific Taking Permit must complete and submit to the Department the appropriate permit application form.

(a) A fee of $15.00 (plus a $2.00 license agent fee) shall be charged for each Fish Scientific Taking Permit issued for scientific or educational purposes as part of a program or course of study at a K-12 educational institution.

(b) A fee of $100.00 (plus a $2.00 license agent fee) shall be charged for each Fish Scientific Taking Permit issued for any agency, corporation, association, or other such entity.

(2) The Department may prescribe such terms and conditions in a permit as it may deem necessary to ensure that fish taken pursuant to the permit will be used only for scientific or educational purposes.

(3) Permits will not be issued to any person or entity for the purpose of collecting fish to sell to scientific or educational supply houses or to any other person or entity.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 496.138, 496.146 and 506.119
Stats. Implemented: ORS 497.298 and 508.111
Hist.: Adopted 10-2-09, f. 12-9-09, ef. 1-1-10

635-007-0930
Limited Authority

A Scientific Taking Permit may specify under what conditions the permittee is authorized to transport live fish, eggs or larvae within the state of Oregon collected under the Scientific Taking Permit. A Scientific Taking Permit with specific transport conditions excuses the permittee from the obligation to obtain a Fish Transport Permit under OAR 635-007-0600.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 496.138, ORS 496.146 & ORS 506.119
Stats. Implemented: ORS 497.252, ORS 497.298, ORS 498.222 & ORS 508.111
Hist.: FWC 18-1992, f. 3-24-92, cert. ef. 4-1-92; DFW 110-2001, f. & cert. ef. 11-23-01

635-007-0950
Revocation of Permit

(1) The Commission may revoke a Scientific Taking Permit in accordance with the applicable provisions of ORS 183.310 through 183.500 if the holder of the permit has violated any of the terms or conditions of the permit or any regulation within OAR Chapter 635.

(2) Revocation of a Scientific Taking Permit is in addition to and not in lieu of other penalties provided by law.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 183.335, ORS 496.138, ORS 497.252, ORS 497.298, ORS 506.109, ORS 506.119 & ORS 508.111
Stats. Implemented: ORS 183.335, ORS 496.138, ORS 497.252, ORS 497.298, ORS 506.109, ORS 506.119 & ORS 508.111
Hist.: FWC 18-1992, f. 3-24-92, cert. ef. 4-1-92

The Scientific Taking Permit Frequently Asked Questions

Who must have a Scientific Taking Permit?

A scientific taking permit is required to capture or handle marine and freshwater fish and shellfish and other marine invertebrates for scientific or educational purposes from the waters of Oregon. If you are targeting freshwater invertebrates (other than shellfish) but may capture fish with the sampling methods used, you will also need a Scientific Taking Permit.

How do I apply for a Scientific Taking Permit?

Individuals can apply for a Scientific Taking Permit through an online application available at the NOAA website. Interested persons should create an account in their name, log into the site, and create an application following the directions available in the help document available on the website.

Is there a permit fee associated with Scientific Take Permits?

Yes, there is a fee for all Scientific Take Permits that took effect in January 2010. The increase is intended to offset the costs of administrative and permitting tasks. The permit fee must be paid in full before a Scientific Take Permit will be issued.  There is no provision for a waiver. The fee increases are as follows:

  • A fee of $15.00 (plus a $2.00 license agent fee) shall be charged for each Fish Scientific Take Permit issued for scientific or educational purposes as part of a program or course of study at a K-12 educational institution ($17.00 Total).
  • A fee of $100.00 (plus a $2.00 license agent fee) shall be charged for each Fish Scientific Take Permit issued for any agency, corporation, association, or other such entity ($102.00 Total)

What information should be included with the Scientific Taking Permit application?

To complete your application, you will need:

  1. Complete contact information for the permittee
  2. A detailed description of your project, (i.e. location, goals and purpose, sampling methods, start and end dates, etc.)
  3. Information and an attachment regarding any federal authorization(s) for taking federally listed fish. Federal authorization is required if listed fish are included in your take proposal. Note: You can also apply for 4d authorization from NOAA-Fisheries through the above website. There is an open window only once a year that applications are accepted.
  4. Estimates of the number of both target and non-target species that may be encountered during the course of your project and the capture methods (e.g., backpack electrofishing, beach seine, etc.) and activities that will be performed (e.g., tagging, tissue sampling, anesthetizing, etc.).
  5. Comments from the appropriate ODFW district biologist. A list of these individuals is available on the above referenced website in the Help document appendices.

How soon will I get my Scientific Taking Permit?

Fish Division staff will review your application and make every attempt to issue your permit prior to your start date. Permits are emailed to the permitttee as pdf files.  It is requested that applications be submitted with a 4 to 6 week grace period prior to your start date.

Can I make changes to my project activities during the term of the permit?

Any changes to your project’s activities must be reported to the ESA Program Specialist of the Fish Division prior to implementation. A modification request may be needed using the NOAA Website. The requested changes will be reviewed and if approved, a modified Scientific Taking Permit will be issued.

How long is the Scientific Taking Permit valid?

All Scientific Taking Permits are issued on an annual basis and expire on or before December 31 of the year issued.

What are the annual reporting requirements?

Annual reports are due one month after the permit’s expiration date. Reports are completed through the NOAA website. Information required to complete the report includes the species and numbers actually handled, explanations of any deviations from expected activities or number of fish handled, and any preliminary or final analyses available.

What if the annual report is not received by its due date?

Renewal of your Scientific Taking Permit may be jeopardized or delayed if your annual report is not received by its due date.

ODFW Contacts
ESA Program Specialist
503-947-6254
Fish.research@state.or.us

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