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For more information on
commercial licensing,
please contact the
WDFW License Division

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

360-902-2464 (Option #4)
commercialsales@dfw.wa.gov

Salmon Hotline
360-902-2500

Salmon Hotline (NOAA)
888-858-9319

 

Open Entry Commercial Licenses:
Wholesale Licenses
These licenses are not limited by moratorium.

  • ANADROMOUS FISH BUYER/DEALER
    Authorizes the purchasing or selling of steelhead, trout and other anadromous game fish harvested by treaty fishermen lawfully exercising fishing rights.

  • DIRECT RETAIL ENDORSEMENT
    Allows the fisherman to land and sell their catch or harvest in Washington state to anyone other than a licensed wholesale dealer within or outside the state. Must have a salmon, crab or sturgeon license to be eligible for this endorsement.

  • FISH BUYER
    Authorizes the buying and selling of food fish and shellfish at wholesale as a representative of a wholesale dealer.

  • WHOLESALE DEALER
    A Washington state business engaging in the commercial processing of food fish or shellfish, including

    • Custom canning and/or processing of personal use food fish or shellfish
    • Wholesale buying and/or brokering of food fish or shellfish
    • Commercial manufacturing or preparation of fertilizer, oil, meal, caviar, fish bait or other by-products from food fish or shellfish
    • A business employing a fish buyer


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Please follow the directions printed on the form, and return your application and appropriate fees to:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way N.
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
ATTN: License Division