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Dealer Licenses and Buyers Licenses

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 $502 $1000 min Wholesale Fish Dealer License Application (pdf)
Wholesale Fish Bait Dealer $127 $25 min Wholesale Bait Dealer License Application (pdf)
Limited Fish Sellers Resident $102 $200 min Limited Fish Seller Permit Application (pdf)
Limited Fish Sellers NonResident $152 $200 min Limited Fish Seller Permit Application (pdf)
Fish Buyer License $277 N/A Fish Buyer License Application (pdf)

Dealer Packets and Instructions (pdfs)

This is where you find the information that you will need for each dealer type, the forms that are required before becoming a dealer, and the monthly forms that must be returned.

Bait Dealer Packet Limited Fish Seller Packet Wholesale Fish Dealer Packet
Assignement Acceptance Assignment Acceptance Assignment Acceptance
Bait Dealer Instructions Bond Form Bond Form
Bond Form Commodity Commission Contact Information Commodity Commission Contact Information
Fish Ticket Order Form Fish Ticket Order Form Fish Ticket Order Form
Monthly Report Dealer Instructions Limited Fish Seller Instructions Monthly Report Dealer Instructions
Monthly Report Form Monthly Report Dealer Instructions Monthly Report Form
Waiver Form Monthly Report Form Waiver Form
  Reminder for Limited Fish Sellers Wholesale Fish Dealer Instructions
  Waiver Form  

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 Applications
Resident Commercial Fishing License $102 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Nonresident Commercial Fishing License $152 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Commercial Crewmember Fishing License $127 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Nonresident Commercial Crew Fishing License $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Juvenile Commercial Fishing License $32 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Resident Bait Fishing License $127 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Nonresident Bait Fishing License $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)

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 (<50') $352 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Resident Commercial Fishing Boat License (>50') $402 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Nonresident Commercial Fishing Boat License (<50') $402 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Nonresident Commercial Fishing Boat License (>50') $452 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Resident Single Delivery License $127  
Nonresident Single Delivery License $177  
Albacore Tuna Landing License (Commercially Licensed Boat) $27 Tuna Landing License Application (pdf)
Resident Albacore Tuna Landing License (Unlicensed Boat) $252 Tuna Landing License Application (pdf)
Nonresident Albacore Tuna Landing License (Unlicensed Boat) $302 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 Resident Non-Resident Applications
Ocean Troll Salmon $127 $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Ocean Pink Shrimp $202 $252 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Columbia River Gillnet $127 $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Ocean Dungeness Crab $202 $252 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Ocean Scallop Vessel $127 $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Yaquina Bay Herring $127 $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Sea Urchin $127 $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Black/Blue Rockfish $127 $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Nearshore $127 $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Clam, Coastwide $127 $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Clam, South Coast $127 $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)
Sardine $127 $177 Commercial Fish License Application (pdf)

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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