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.
Click here for more information on Saving Account Assignments, Surety Bonds, and Cash Deposits for Commercial Wholesale Fish Buyers and Limited Fish Sellers.

  • FISH DEALER LICENSE
    A business engaging in commercial dealing of food fish or shellfish within Washington state. (This license replaces the Wholesale Fish Dealer License and is available starting license year 2018).
  • WHOLESALE FISH BUYER ENDORSEMENT
    Authorizes the buying and selling of food fish and shellfish at wholesale as a representative of a fish dealer. (This endorsement replaces the Fish Buyer License and is available starting license year 2018).
  • LIMITED FISH SELLER 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 food fish or shellfish license to be eligible for this endorsement. (This endorsement replaces the Direct Retail Endorsement and is available starting license year 2018).
  • 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. (This license is no longer offered after license year 2017).
  • 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. (This license is no longer offered after license year 2017).
  • FISH BUYER
    Authorizes the buying and selling of food fish and shellfish at wholesale as a representative of a wholesale dealer. (This license is no longer offered after license year 2017).
  • WHOLESALE DEALER
    A business engaging in commercial dealing of food fish or shellfish within Washington state, including: (This license is no longer offered after license year 2017).
    • 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