Oregon Ban on Commercial Fishing of Rainbow Trout, Measure 15 (1974)

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The Oregon Ban on Commercial Fishing of Rainbow Trout Bill, also known as Measure 15, was on the November 5, 1974 ballot in Oregon as an initiated state statute, where it was approved. The measure declared rainbow trout and steelhead, the anadromous or oceangoing rainbow trout, to be for recreational angling, banned commercial fishing of rainbow trout, recognized incidental catches and thus required such catches to be delivered to the state for distribution to public institutions or charitable organizations.[1]

Election results

Oregon Measure 15 (1974)
Approveda Yes 458,417 62.57%

Election results via: Oregon Blue Book

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[1]

14. PROHIBITS PURCHASE OR SALE OF STEELHEAD - Purpose: “Declares it to be the policy of the state to manage steelhead and other rainbow trout for recreational angling and to protect wild native stocks. Recognizes that steelhead intermingle with food fish and directs regulation to minimize incidental catch of steelhead by commercial gear. Prohibits purchase or sale of such incidental catch and directs delivery to state for distribution to public institutions or charitable organizations. Indian treaty fishing rights not affected. Repeals ORS 509.030.”

“ESTIMATE OF FINANCIAL EFFECTS: Based on the 1973 poundage revenue, an estimated loss in steelhead poundage revenue is $6,025.”


NO □ [2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 State Library, "State of Oregon Official Voters' Pamphlet," accessed December 2, 2013
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.