Oregon Bulletin

January 1, 2013

Department of Fish and Wildlife, Chapter 635

Rule Caption: Season Opening for the Ocean Commercial Dungeness Crab Fishery Delayed.

Adm. Order No.: DFW 146-2012(Temp)

Filed with Sec. of State: 12-11-2012

Certified to be Effective: 12-12-12 thru 6-9-13

Notice Publication Date:

Rules Amended: 635-005-0465

Rules Suspended: 635-005-0465(T)

Subject: This amended rule delays the opening of the 2012 commercial ocean Dungeness crab fishing season from December 16 until December 31, 2012 in accordance with the Tri-State Memorandum-of-Understanding and Preseason Testing Protocol.

Rules Coordinator: Therese Kucera—(503) 947-6033


Closed Season in Pacific Ocean and Columbia River

(1) It is unlawful to take, land or possess Dungeness crab for commercial purposes from the Pacific Ocean or Columbia River from August 15 through December 30.

(2) The season opening for the commercial Ocean Dungeness crab fishery may be delayed in one or more fishing zones based on the results of crab quality testing. The Pre-season Testing Protocol for the Tri-State Coastal Dungeness crab Commercial Fishery (hereafter, “Tri-State Protocol”) specifies the process for establishing fishing zones (section VI) and coordinating the opening of the fishery in Washington, Oregon, and California north of Point Arena (sections IV and V). Therefore, the following sections of the Tri-State Protocol (Revised August, 2011) are hereby incorporated into Oregon Administrative Rule by reference:

(a) Section IV – Season Opening Criteria.

(b) Section V – Test Fishing and Process for Setting the Season Opening Date.

(c) Section VI – Procedure for Establishing Fishing Zones.

(3) It is unlawful to land, receive or buy, Dungeness crab in the first thirty days of the ocean Dungeness crab fishery from a vessel that has not been certified by officials of the State of Oregon, Washington, or California to have been free of Dungeness crab before fishing in the ocean Dungeness crab fishery. In the event the area between Gray’s Harbor, Washington and Point Arena, California is divided into zones with different season opening dates, the ocean Dungeness crab fishery refers to the fishery in that zone for the purposes of this rule.

(4) In the event the area between Gray’s Harbor, Washington and Point Arena, California is divided into zones with different season opening dates, the transfer of a permit from one vessel to another is suspended from the earliest season opening date through thirty days after the latest season opening date, except in the event a vessel is unintentionally destroyed due to fire, capsizing, sinking, or other event.

(5) Upon a determination by the Department that catch in Oregon’s ocean Dungeness crab fishery after May 31 is greater than ten percent of the catch in the previous December 1 through May 31 period, the Director shall adopt a temporary rule closing the commercial season until the following December 1.

Stat. Auth.: ORS 506.036, 506.109, 506.119 & 506.129
Stats. Implemented: ORS 506.109, 506.129 & 506.306
Hist.: FC 246, f. 5-5-72, ef. 5-15-72; FC 285(74-20), f. 11-27-74, ef. 12-25-74; FC 293(75-6), f. 6-23-75, ef. 7-11-75; FWC 30, f. & ef. 11-28-75; FWC 132, f. & ef. 8-4-77; FWC 30-1985, f. 6-27-1985, ef. 7-1-85, Renumbered from 625-010-0155, Renumbered from 635-036-0125; FWC 56-1982, f. & ef. 8-27-82; FWC 13-1983, f. & ef. 3-24-83; FWC 39-1983(Temp), f. & ef. 8-31-83; FWC 11-1984, f. 3-30-84, ef. 9-16-84, except section (1) per FWC 45-1984, f. & ef. 8-30-84; FWC 30-1985, f. 6-27-85, ef. 7-1-85; FWC 78-1986(Temp), f. & ef. 12-1-86; FWC 36-1987, f. & ef. 7-1-87; FWC 97-1987(Temp), f. & ef. 11-17-87; FWC 102-1988, f. 11-29-88, cert. ef. 12-29-88; FWC 119-1989(Temp), f. 11-29-89, cert. ef. 12-1-89; FWC 135-1991(Temp), f. 12-10-91, cert. ef. 12-11-91; FWC 136-1991(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-19-91; FWC 112-1992, f. 10-26-92, cert. ef. 11-1-92; FWC 70-1993, f. 11-9-93, cert. ef. 11-11-93; FWC 88-1994(Temp), f. 11-30-94, cert. ef. 12-1-94; FWC 89-1994(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-1-94; FWC 89-1995(Temp), f. 11-28-95, cert. ef. 12-1-95; FWC 1-1996(Temp), f. 1-11-96, cert. ef. 1-13-96; DFW 51-1998(Temp), f. 6-29-98, cert. ef. 7-1-98 thru 9-15-98; DFW 54-1998(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-24-98 thru 9-15-98; DFW 40-1999, f. & cert. ef. 5-26-99; DFW 70-2000, f. & cert. ef. 10-23-00; DFW 77-2000(Temp), f. 11-27-00, cert. ef. 12-1-00 thru 12-14-00; DFW 39-2002, f. & cert. ef. 4-26-02; DFW 128-2002(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-15-02 thru 1-31-03; DFW 129-2002(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-20-02 thru 1-31-03; DFW 132-2002(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-25-02 thru 1-31-03 (Suspended by DFW 133-2002(Temp)); DFW 133-2002(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-6-02 thru 1-31-03; DFW 117-2003(Temp), f. 11-25-03, cert. ef. 12-1-03 thru 2-29-04; Administrative correction 10-26-04; DFW 113-2004(Temp), f. 11-23-04, cert. ef. 12-1-04 thru 3-1-05; DFW 116-2004(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-8-04 thru 3-1-05; DFW 126-2004(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 12-21-04 thru 3-1-05; DFW 132-2004(Temp), f. & cert ef. 12-30-04 thru 3-1-05; Administrative correction, 3-18-05; DFW 129-2005(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 11-29-05 thru 12-31-05; DFW 140-2005(Temp), f. 12-12-05, cert. ef. 12-30-05 thru 5-31-06; Administrative correction 7-20-06; DFW 142-2008, f. & cert. ef. 11-21-08; DFW 161-2010(Temp), f. 12-9-10, cert. ef. 12-10-10 thru 2-16-11; Administrative correction, 3-29-11; DFW 155-2011(Temp), f. 11-18-11, cert. ef. 12-1-11 thru 12-31-11; DFW 156-2011(Temp), f. 12-9-11, cert. ef. 12-15-11 thru 1-31-12; Administrative correction 4-24-12; DFW 37-2012, f. 4-24-12, cert. ef. 5-1-12; Renumbered from 635-005-0045, DFW 76-2012, f. 6-28-12, cert. ef. 7-1-12; DFW 145-2012(Temp), f. 11-14-12, cert. ef. 12-1-12 thru 12-31-12; DFW 146-2012(Temp), f. 12-11-12, cert. ef. 12-12-12 thru 6-9-12

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