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Licenses and Limited Entry Fishery Permits

Individual and Crew Licenses

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.

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.

Limited Entry Fishery Permits

Limited entry 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.

2022-2023 Late Season Buoy Tag Order Form (pdf)

2022 Commercial Fishing Application (pdf)

2023 Commercial Fishing Application (pdf)

2022-2023 Crab Buoy Order form (pdf)

2022 Tuna Landing License (pdf)

2023 Tuna Landing License (pdf)

Limited Entry Transfer Packet (pdf)


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