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Wholesale Fish Dealers (Reporting)

Licensing Requirements

  • $452 Wholesale License (pdf)
  • $1000 Bond (pdf)
  • $252 Buyers License (pdf) (to buy away from licensed location)
  • Each person and/or
  • Each vehicle and/or
  • Each buying station and/or
  • Each vessel (Columbia River only)

Authorized Activities

  • Buy commercially caught fish and shellfish from licensed commercial harvesters
  • Buy commercially caught fish and shellfish from other wholesale dealers
  • Sell to retail businesses, or to other wholesalers

Additional Information

Each Wholesale Fish Dealer is issued a set of fish ticket books for the fisheries they are participating in and self addressed, postage paid envelopes for timely reporting.

Fish dealers are also given monthly dealer reports and instructions for both recording landings on fish tickets and filling out the monthly dealer reports.


Wholesale Fish Dealers (Non-reporting, Fish Brokers)

Licensing Requirements

  • $452 Wholesale License (pdf) (non-reporting)
  • No bond requirement
  • No buyers license is necessary


Authorized Activities

  • Buy commercially caught fish and shellfish from other wholesale dealers
  • Sell to other Wholesale Fish Dealers
  • Sell to retail businesses

Additional Information

Non-reporting dealers are not issued fish ticket books and are not required to submit monthly reports to the agency


Wholesale Bait Dealers (Reporting)

Licensing Requirements


Authorized Activities (bait only)

  • Buy commercially caught fish and shellfish from licensed commercial harvesters
  • Buy commercially caught fish and shellfish from other wholesale dealers
  • Sell to retail businesses

Additional Information

Each Wholesale Bait Dealer is issued a set of fish ticket books for the fisheries they are participating in and self-addressed, postage paid envelopes for timely reporting.

Bait dealers are also given monthly dealer reports and instructions for recording landings on fish tickets and filling out the monthly dealer reports.


Wholesale Bait Dealers (Non-reporting)

Licensing Requirements


Authorized Activities (bait only)

  • Buy commercially caught fish and shellfish from other wholesale dealers
  • Sell to retail businesses
  • Sell to other wholesale bait dealers

Additional Information

Non-reporting dealers are not issued fish ticket books and are not required to submit monthly reports to the agency


Limited Fish Sellers

Licensing Requirements


Authorized Activities

  • Sell his/her own catch directly from the vessel from which the catch was made and only to the ultimate consumer

    Note:  By definition, a restaurant is also considered an ultimate consumer.

Additional Information

Limited Fish Sellers must complete an "estimated" fish ticket, prior to selling, indicating the estimated number of fish on board.

Limited Fish Sellers keep track of each days sales on the fish ticket and upon completion of final sales, complete and forward the fish ticket to ODFW Salem.


Retail Fish and Bait Dealers

Licensing Requirements

  • No license is required from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Dealer may have to purchase a license through Oregon Department of Agriculture

Authorized Activities

Retailers are required to purchase fish or shellfish from licensed wholesale dealers only.

Additional Information

See Oregon Department of Agriculture rules and regulations.

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