Oregon Statutes - Chapter 497 - Licenses and Permits - Section 497.252 - Fish propagation license; terms and conditions; rules; applicability of other licensing laws.

(1) Except as provided in ORS 508.700 to 508.745 and 622.220, no person shall engage in the business of propagating game fish or food fish for sale unless a fish propagation license is first obtained from the State Department of Fish and Wildlife.

(2) The State Fish and Wildlife Commission may refuse to issue a license to an applicant if the commission finds that the conduct of the fish propagation business would tend to be harmful to existing game fish or food fish populations.

(3) The commission, by rule, may prescribe requirements for the care, inspection, transportation and the sale, taking or other disposition of the game fish or food fish, and for such record keeping and reporting procedures as will insure that the propagation activities are conducted in such manner as will not be harmful to existing game fish or food fish populations.

(4) Persons propagating the following food fish under the license prescribed in subsection (1) of this section are exempt from the licensing provisions of ORS 508.025 and 508.035:

(a) Food fish raised entirely in, then harvested from facilities which are enclosed or designed to prevent escape and from which the fish are not released for natural rearing.

(b) Food fish harvested from the wild under licenses prescribed in ORS 508.025 and 508.035 and on which the appropriate fee has been paid at the time holding or rearing commences in the licensed fish propagation facility.

(5) As used in this section, food fish has the meaning as defined in ORS 506.011. [1987 c.139 §3; 1991 c.701 §16]

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