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Commercial Fisheries

Fish Dealer Licenses, Permits and Applications

Commercial fishers are required to deliver their catch to a wholesale fish dealer, a wholesale fish bait dealer or sell it off their vessel using a limited fish sellers permit. All commercially caught fish or shellfish must be reported on fish tickets that are issued to the fish dealers. The fish buyers license is required in addition to a wholesale fish dealers license when the fish or shellfish are purchased away from the dealers licensed location. Fish dealer licenses are issued only through the Salem office. For information about the fish dealer requirements and the application process, please contact Licensing, (503) 947-6101.

Type of License Fee Bond Applications
Wholesale Fish Dealer $452 $1000 min Wholesale Fish Dealer License Application (pdf)
Wholesale Fish Bait Dealer $102 $25 min Wholesale Bait Dealer License Application (pdf)
Limited Fish Sellers Permit $42 $200 min Limited Fish Seller Permit Application (pdf)
Fish Buyer License $252 NA Fish Buyer License Application (pdf)

Dealer Bond and Transfer forms

Dealer Monthly Reports

Individual and Crew Licenses and Application

Every individual operating or assisting in the operation of any commercial fishing gear or fishing boat must have a commercial fishing license or crewmember license. Every member of the crew on a commercial fishing boat must be licensed. For information about the licensing requirements and the application process, please contact Licensing, (503) 947-6101.

Type of License Fee
Resident Commercial Fishing License $82
Nonresident Commercial Fishing License $132
Commercial Crewmember Fishing License $127
Nonresident Commercial Crew Fishing License $177
Juvenile Commercial Fishing License $32
Bait Fishing License $102

Boat Licenses

Licenses are required for any boat, vessel, or floating craft used in taking of food fish or shellfish for commercial purposes, except clams and crayfish. Boat licenses are not required to take fish for bait under a bait fishing license. A single delivery license may be obtained in lieu of commercial fishing and boat licenses for each separate landing of catch. For information about the licensing requirements and the application process, please contact Licensing,(503) 947-6101.

Type of License Fee Applications
Resident Commercial Fishing Boat License $327 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Nonresident Commercial Fishing Boat License $377 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Single Delivery License $127  
Albacore Tuna Landing License
(Commercially Licensed Boat)
$22 Tuna Landing License Application (pdf)
Albacore Tuna Landing License
(Unlicensed Boat)
$127 Tuna Landing License Application (pdf)

Restricted Fishery Permits

Restricted fishery permits are required in addition to a Commercial Fishing Boat License to participate in the fisheries listed below. Permits must be renewed annually to remain valid for the next year. The permits are transferable and may be bought and sold by vessel owners and the transaction must be approved and recorded by the Department. The Department has no knowledge of permits for sale. We suggest fisheries trade magazines, coastal newspapers and harvester's associations as possible sources of information on permits available for purchase. For information about the permit requirements or the permit transfer process, please contact Licensing,(503) 947-6101.

Type of License Fee
Ocean Troll Salmon $102
Ocean Pink Shrimp $127
Columbia River Gillnet $102
Ocean Dungeness Crab $127
Ocean Scallop Vessel $127
Yaquina Bay Herring $127
Sea Urchin $102

Commercial Landing Statistics

Resources

  • Pacific Fishery Management Council The Pacific Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established under the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976. The Pacific Council has developed fishery management plans for salmon, groundfish and coastal pelagic species in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California.

  • Pacific Fisheries Information Network Compiles, stores, and disseminates commercial fisheries data from Oregon, Washington and California.
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