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We enforce and protect Oregon’s sport and commercial fishery regulations and marine resources. We provide industry regulation and assistance to all commercial fisheries activities, charter vessels, guides, and outfitters, as well as coordinates the formation of policies and enforces laws and regulations affecting sport fisheries. Patrolling the state's waters for Fish and Wildlife boating enforcement is another division function. Rigid Hull Inflatable (RHI), large jet sleds, and other watercraft are used to patrol and investigate violations of sport and commercial fishing laws. Sport angling and commercial fishing are multi-million dollar industries in Oregon. Ensuring compliance of fishing laws creates a sustained fishing and economic base.
The Aircraft Program provides aerial support to Fish and Wildlife troopers and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff for wildlife management. Support is also provided to the Governor’s office, criminal investigations, other divisions within the State Police (Criminal Division, Patrol Services Division, Forensics Division, Special Weapons, and Tactic SWAT), Oregon Emergency Management, and other public safety and natural resource agencies. Local, state, and federal agencies benefit from the Division's Aircraft Program’s support. The Fish and Wildlife Division makes extensive use of their four fixed-wing aircraft in the management of fish and wildlife resources, as well as enforcement. The aircraft have been particularly effective in:
We have special investigators primarily responsible for conducting in-depth and complex investigations of individuals or groups with specific emphasis on those violators that are flagrant or illegally commercializing our state's fish and wildlife resources.
Established in 1991, the program expanded to involve more wildlife species and genders. The "animal" decoys include turkey, mule deer, black-tail deer, white-tail deer, Roosevelt Elk, and Rocky Mountain Elk.
Our primary goal is for wildlife troopers and violators to be in the same place at the same time, giving the ability to catch a violator, without the loss of wildlife.
Example of charges we typically see:
Fish & Wildlife Division3565 Trelstad Avenue SESalem, OR 97317Phone: 503-378-3720OSPFW@osp.oregon.gov
Report a Wildlife or Habitat Law Violation or Suspicious Activity Dial 1-800-452-7888 or *OSP or *677 from a mobile phone
Or email: TIP@osp.oregon.govHours8:00AM - 5:00PM, Monday - Friday
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