Oregon Statutes - Chapter 497 - Licenses and Permits - Section 497.325 - Sturgeon hatchery operation permits; conditions; permit restrictions; rules; fees.

(1) A person may not operate a fish hatchery for those members of the family Acipenseridae, commonly known as green sturgeon or white sturgeon, without holding a permit therefor from the State Fish and Wildlife Commission.

(2) Any permit issued pursuant to this section shall be subject to such terms and conditions as the commission considers appropriate to protect, perpetuate and enhance the sturgeon population of the Columbia River and other waters of this state.

(3) The commission by rule shall specify:

(a) The number of permits under this section that may be issued each calendar year;

(b) The method for allocating the permits; and

(c) The standards and criteria under which a permit must be exercised.

(4) When issuing a permit under this section, the commission may impose any additional conditions that the commission deems necessary to ensure compliance with this section.

(5)(a) A permit issued under this section for a fish hatchery operated for commercial purposes may not authorize the use of green sturgeon or white sturgeon broodstock taken from the wild.

(b) The commission shall collect an annual fee of $3,000 for any permit issued under this section that allows the artificial propagation of green sturgeon or white sturgeon for commercial purposes. Payment of a fee under this subsection satisfies the payment of the fee required for a fish propagation license under ORS 497.252. [1989 c.1038 §2; 2007 c.342 §1]

Note: Sections 3 and 4, chapter 342, Oregon Laws 2007, provide:

Sec. 3. The State Fish and Wildlife Commission may issue to any person through calendar year 2010 a special permit for the collection of male white sturgeon and eggs from oversize female white sturgeon for commercial aquaculture in accordance with rules adopted by the commission, provided that the person possessed such a special permit from the commission in calendar year 2006. [2007 c.342 §3]

Sec. 4. Section 3 of this 2007 Act is repealed on January 1, 2011. [2007 c.342 §4]

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