Oregon Bulletin

January 1, 2012


Department of Agriculture,
Oregon Trawl Commission
Chapter 656

Rule Caption: Amending the basis for assessment of trawl landings.

Adm. Order No.: OTC 1-2011

Filed with Sec. of State: 11-30-2011

Certified to be Effective: 11-30-11

Notice Publication Date: 10-1-2011

Rules Amended: 656-010-0000, 656-010-0010

Subject: For 2011, the Pacific Fishery Management Council implemented a Groundfish trawl Rationalization Catch Share Program (GTRCSP). The program allows trawl vessels to switch gear types and use pots and longline gear to harvest species identified as part of the trawl quota.

      The current assessment definition for trawl-landed quota “fish and shellfish taken (produced) be ocean trawling” was sufficient to cover the activities of the trawl fleet until the 2011 GTRCSP program. The GTRCSP program’s gear switching provision makes it necessary to modify the definition to that all trawl quota is treated equally for assessment purposes.

Rules Coordinator: Brad Pettinger—(541) 469-7830



(1) Ocean trawling is defined as using a trawl vessel with a federal ‘A’ permit to harvest groundfish as identified by the Pacific Fishery Management Council within the allotted trawl quota or by harvesting any other species with a trawl net (e.g. pink shrimp, Pandalus jordani). The trawl vessel uses a trawl net, other gear types, or any combination thereof in harvesting.

(2) “Trawl Net” means a bag-shaped net composed of wings, body, intermediate and cod-end section, held open by two boats, otter boards, trawl doors, or a fixed beam frame commonly known as a “beam trawl”. The cod-end section is the last 50 meshes of a trawl net. The intermediate section is the next 50 meshes forward of the cod-end section.

(3) Other gear types are defined as pot and longline gear.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 576

Stats. Implemented: ORS 576

Hist.: OTC 1-1981, f. & ef. 8-17-81; OTC 1-2011, f. & cert. ef. 11-30-11



Any person who is a first purchaser as defined in ORS Chapter 576 shall deduct and withhold an assessment at the rate of ½% (0.5 percent) on the full amount of the delivered product of fish and shellfish taken (produced) by ocean trawling. This assessment deduction shall be made upon the boat portion of incoming revenue thereof, for fish and shellfish taken (produced) by ocean trawling and delivered to an Oregon Port.

Stat. Auth: ORS 576

Stats. Implemented: ORS 576

Hist.: OTC 3, f. 12-18-63, ef. 1-1-64; OTC 4, f. 9-19-67, ef. 10-1-67; OTC 5, f. 3-19-69, ef. 4-1-69; OTC 1-1997, f. & cert. ef. 5-14-97; OTC 1-2001, f. 3-7-01, cert. ef. 4-1-01; OTC 1-2011, f. & cert. ef. 11-30-11

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