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Commercial Nearshore Advisory Panel
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Commercial Fishing Rules and Regulations - Nearshore Fisheries

The commercial nearshore fishery first developed as an open access fishery in the early 1990s and transitioned to a state limited-entry permit system in 2004. The commercial nearshore fleet is composed of small vessels, averaging 25 ft., that target shallow (< 180 ft.) nearshore rocky reefs. Vessels use mostly hook & line jig or bottom longline fishing gear. A variety of groundfish species are harvested and managed in this fishery including black rockfish, blue rockfish, deacon rockfish and 21 other "nearshore species". These species are managed in six state management groups: Black Rockfish, Blue and Deacon Rockfish, Other Nearshore Rockfish, Greenling, Cabezon, and Other Nearshore Species.

Two separate permit types exist for Oregon's limited-entry commercial nearshore fishery. These two permits allow access to different harvest allocations. The first permit type, the Black and Blue Rockfish permit, allows for the harvest of black, blue, and deacon rockfishes in amounts up to the bimonthly limits set by the Commission, while allowing for only incidental harvest of all other Nearshore Fish species. The second permit type, the Black and Blue Rockfish permit with a Nearshore Endorsement, allows for harvest up to the bimonthly limits specified by the Commission for Black Rockfish, Blue and Deacon Rockfish, Other Nearshore Rockfish, Greenling, and Cabezon. The Nearshore Endorsement is also required to catch the federal monthly landing limit of tiger and vermilion rockfishes, both of which are on Oregon's nearshore species list.

 Commercial nearshore fishery general regulations

2024 Nearshore 2-Month Cumulative Trip Limits (including Black Rockfish and Blue and Deacon Rockfish)

The table below summarizes the initial 2-month cumulative trip limits for Nearshore Fish, Black Rockfish, and Blue and Deacon Rockfish set for 2024. See the action notices for any recent changes and current regulations. Per-trip limits for the Black Rockfish Management Areas are suspended for 2024, and permitted vessels may land up to the current bi-monthly period limit on a single fishing trip.

For species under federal regulations, such as lingcod, see federal regulations.

 

Industry Action Notices (pdfs)

Action Notice, December 19, 2023
Action Notice, October 27, 2023
Action Notice, June 30, 2023
Action Notice, December 21, 2022
Nearshore Commercial Fishery Regulations - Action Notices - Archives

Public Meeting Information (pdfs)

Public meeting notice, August 30, 2023
Public meeting presentation, September 13 & 14, 2023

Permit

Black Rockfish and Blue and Deacon Rockfish

Nearshore Fish

 

Black and Blue Rockfish Permit WITH a Nearshore Endorsement

Black Rockfish:

  • January – February: 1,800 pounds
  • March – April: 2,100 pounds
  • May – June: 2,400 pounds
  • July – August: 2,400 pounds
  • September – October: 2,100 pounds
  • November – December: 1,800 pounds

Blue and Deacon Rockfish: 1,500 pounds per 2-month period

Cabezon : 1,500 pounds per 2-month period

Greenling: 1,200 pounds per 2-month period

Other Nearshore Rockfish: 450 pounds per 2-month period

Quillback rockfish: retention and landing prohibited for all non-trawl gear

Black and Blue Rockfish Permit WITHOUT a Nearshore Endorsement

Black Rockfish:

  • January – February: 1,800 pounds
  • March – April: 2,100 pounds
  • May – June: 2,400 pounds
  • July – August: 2,400 pounds
  • September – October: 2,100 pounds
  • November – December: 1,800 pounds

Blue and Deacon Rockfish: 1,500 pounds per 2-month period

15 pounds per day for other Nearshore Fish combined not to exceed cumulative trip limits for permits with a Nearshore Endorsement.

Quillback rockfish: retention and landing prohibited for all non-trawl gear

Open access Vessel without a Black and Blue Rockfish Permit (WITH or WITHOUT a Nearshore Endorsement)

Up to 15 pounds of Black Rockfish, Blue and Deacon Rockfish or Nearshore Fish combined per day; must be less than or equal to 25% of the landing for each trip; cannot exceed the 2-month cumulative trip limits set for vessels with a Black and Blue Rockfish Permit.
 

LE groundfish trawl

Up to 1,000 pounds per year
Must be less than or equal to 25% of landing for each trip; cannot exceed 2-month cumulative trip limits set for Black and Blue Rockfish permits.

15 pounds per day
Must be less than or equal to 25% of landing for each trip; cannot exceed 2-month cumulative trip limits set for Nearshore Endorsed permits.

 

Salmon troll

100 pounds per day
All landed dead; cannot exceed the 2-month cumulative trip limits set for Black and Blue Rockfish permits.

15 pounds per day
Must be less than or equal to 25% of landing for each trip; cannot exceed the 2-month cumulative trip limits set for Nearshore Endorsed permits.

 

Species

Minimum size
commercial

China RF 12 in.
Copper RF 12 in.
Grass RF 12 in.
Quillback RF 12 in.
Greenling 12 in.
Cabezon 16 in.

Common Oregon commercial groundfish ID guide

Nearshore and shelf species (pdf)

Slope and shelf species (pdf)

 Rockfish conservation areas off Oregon
 Additional information
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