Seizure, forfeiture and disposition of fish unlawfully taken
(1) All fish taken by or in the possession of any person in violation of the commercial fishing laws or the rules of the State Fish and Wildlife Commission shall be seized by any member of the commission or any officer described in ORS 506.521 (Enforcement of commercial fishing laws).
(2) Any fish seized under the provisions of subsection (1) of this section may be disposed of, sold, preserved or used for food purposes, under the rules of the commission, to prevent loss or spoilage. At the time the court passes sentence in the criminal prosecution for violation of the commercial fishing laws, the court may order that any fish seized under subsection (1) of this section or the proceeds from the sale of such fish shall be forfeited. Any moneys derived from the sale of any forfeited fish shall be deposited in the Commercial Fisheries Fund.
(3) If the fish seized under subsection (1) of this section are not subsequently forfeited, the commission shall pay to the person from whom the fish were seized an amount equal to the market value of the fish at the time of seizure.
(4) The commission shall approve the amount to be paid under subsection (3) of this section, and the claim shall be paid from the Commercial Fisheries Fund in the manner provided by law for the payment of claims against the state. There is appropriated continuously from the Commercial Fisheries Fund an amount equal to the amounts approved by the commission under this subsection. [Formerly 506.602; 1975 c.253 §27; 1977 c.652 §4; 1999 c.1013 §1; 1999 c.1051 §275]
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