Oregon Statutes - Chapter 622 - Shellfish - Section 622.220 - Jurisdiction; rules; violations.

(1) The commercial cultivation of oysters, clams and mussels is declared to be an agricultural activity subject to the regulatory authority of the State Department of Agriculture. The State Fish and Wildlife Commission has jurisdiction over all native oysters, clams and mussels in the waters of this state, but not cultivated oysters, clams and mussels in plats. The commission shall prescribe such rules for the protection of native oysters, clams and mussels and for the taking of native oysters and oyster spat shells subject to the commissionís jurisdiction as in the judgment of the commission is for the best interests of the resource.

(2) It is unlawful for any person to take native oysters, clams and mussels in violation of the rules adopted by the commission. [Formerly 509.425; 1997 c.375 §2; 2005 c.22 §436]

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