Fish and wildlife abound in Oregon - our rich and varied landscapes are home
to a diversity of wildlife, providing rich opportunities for fishing, hunting
and wildlife viewing. Protecting and enhancing the state's wealth of fish,
wildlife, and habitat for use and enjoyment by present and future generations
is at the heart of everything we do.
Fish Division Mission
The Department is charged by statute (ORS 506.036) to protect and propagate
fish in the state. This includes direct responsibility for regulating harvest
of fish, protection of fish, enhancement of fish populations through habitat
improvement, and the rearing and release of fish into public waters. ODFW
maintains hatcheries throughout the state to provide fish for program needs.
Operation of these facilities is governed by the following:
- The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds, a comprehensive plan for the
conservation of salmon and the protection of their habitat which coordinates
the actions of all state agencies that affect aquatic resources.
The Native Fish Conservation Policy, which provides a basis for managing
hatcheries in balance with sustainable production of naturally produced
The Fish Hatchery Management Policy, which provides general fish culture and
facility guidelines and measures to maintain genetic resources of native fish
populations spawned or reared in captivity.
The Fish Health Management Policy, which describes measures that minimize the
impact of fish diseases on the state's fish resources.
To learn more about ODFW and the many services it provides, visit
www.dfw.state.or.us. You will find
a wealth of fishing resources
for the state, and much, much more.
For specific questions regarding the information presented on this website,
please Contact Us.