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Pink Shrimp: Regulations

Regulations update

Two items will be proposed to Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commision (OFWC) for adoption prior to the 2018 pink shrimp season

  1. A formal fishery management plan - Draft Shrimp Fishery Management Plan Feb 2016 (pdf)
  2. Mandatory use of LED fishing lights on the footrope of shrimp trawls

More information on this proposal will be available in coming months. In the meantime, for more information on either of these items, please contact Scott Groth (541) 888 5515 or Matt Blume (541) 867-4741

2017 key regulations that apply to OREGON deliveries of pink shrimp (last updated 04/10/2017):

Key regulations that apply to Oregon pink shrimp deliveries


Fishing off CA*

Fishing off OR**

Fishing off WA***


0-3 miles

No fishing

OR permit needed

No fishing

3-200 miles
Key closed areas

Delgada Canyon, Tolo Bank, other closed areas
(see CA regs here)

Nehalem Banks, Daisy Bank, Stonewall Bank, Heceta Bank, Coquille Banks

Grays Canyon
(see WA regs here)

See federal EFH areas**** here

Mesh size

Minimum 1-3/8”

No minimum

Logbook Required


≤ ¾” spaced rigid grate

Count per pound

≤160 shrimp/ pound

VMS/ RCA declaration



April 1- October 31

Groundfish by-catch****

Some bycatch landings are allowed, see the Federal register for current limits here.

02/03/2017 harvest rules here

*CA Regulations details:, pages 81-84.
**OR Regulations details:, pages 28-32.
***WA Regulation details:
**** NMFS published groundfish limits:
***** Federal essential fish habitat coordinates:


Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) and Oregon Revised Statutes (ORSs) related to pink shrimp
The rules that govern the fishery: OAR sections 635-005-0575 through 635-005-0645
Definition, fines and damages ORS.506

Landings fees, fishery board,

permits: single delivery, transfer, totals, etc

Buying, selling, waste, transport, etc. ORS.509
Control, inspection, handling ORS.513



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