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Restoration and Enhancement

Your Fishing License Fees at Work for You

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R&E Program: Over 25 Years Investing in Oregon's Fisheries R&E Program: Your Fishing License Fees at Work for You

What is the Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) Program?

It’s your angling license dollars at work improving Oregon’s fisheries through grants that provide between two and three million dollars a year to fishery restoration and enhancement projects throughout Oregon. Since its establishment in 1989, R&E has provided over $50 million to fishery projects throughout Oregon!

Where does the funding go?

Funding is used to increase recreational fishing opportunities and improve commercial salmon fisheries by

  • Increase recreational fishing opportunities
  • Improve commercial salmon fisheries by restoring state-owned fish hatcheries
  • Enhancing natural fish production
  • Expanding hatchery production
  • Providing additional public access to fishing waters.
Driftboat Steelhead Fishing
R&E funding has supported hatchery improvements, monitoring, and volunteer efforts that support Steelhead fisheries on the Nestucca River and other North Coast streams.
Whiskey Creek Hatchery
R&E funding is critical to STEP groups and STEP hatcheries like Whiskey Creek.  RE funds have been used to maintain and upgrade this and other STEP facilities and provide feed for the fish raised by STEP groups, including those raised at this hatchery.  R&E funding allows dedicated volunteers, like those at whiskey Creek, to provide fishing opportunities up and down the coast.

Where does the funding come from?

The Restoration and Enhancement (R&E) program is funded from a dedicated surcharge on recreational and commercials permits and licenses.

Revenue for the program is generated by a dedicated surcharge on sport fishing licenses along with revenues from commercial gillĀ­netting and troll fishing permits fees. A poundage fee on all commercial salmon and steelhead landings is also dedicated to the program.

Below is a complete list of funding sources:

Sport Revenue Sources:

        •  Resident Sports Pac License Surcharge      $4
  •  Resident Juvenile Sports Pac License Surcharge   $1
  •  Resident Combo Angling License Surcharge   $4
  •  Resident Angling License Surcharge   $4
  •  Resident Juvenile Angling License Surcharge   $2
  •  Non-resident angling License Surcharge   $10
  •  Non-resident juvenile Angling License Surcharge   $2
  •  Daily Angling License Surcharge   $2
  •  7-day Angling License Surcharge   $5

Commercial Revenue Sources:

        •  Trolling Permit Fee      $65
  •  Gillnetting Permit Fee   $74
  •  Salmon and Steelhead Landing Poundage Fee   $0.05/lb.

With these funds the R&E program continues to fund many types of privately sponsored projects and support ongoing ODFW programs that are integral to fisheries management.

You can support the program by purchasing your license or permit here.


Any questions regarding the Restoration and Enhancement Program can be directed to R&E program staff:



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