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77.65.270  <<  77.65.280 >>   77.65.310

Fish dealer licenseExemptionFees.

(1) A fish dealer license is required for a person in the state who:
(a) Takes possession of raw or frozen fish or shellfish, in whole or in parts, to prepare, repackage, process, or preserve. This includes, but is not limited to:
(i) Canning or processing of fish or shellfish for payment, whether the fish or shellfish is commercially harvested or taken for personal use; and
(ii) The commercial manufacture or preparation of fertilizer, oil, meal, caviar, fish bait, or any other by-products from fish or shellfish;
(b) Engages in the wholesale selling, buying, or brokering of raw or frozen fish or shellfish. Certain buyers may be additionally required to obtain a wholesale fish buyer endorsement as specified in RCW 77.65.340.
(2) A fish dealer license is not required for:
(a) Licensed commercial fish or shellfish harvesters who either sell only to licensed wholesale fish buyers or who possess a limited fish seller endorsement;
(b) Retail businesses that purchase exclusively from Washington licensed wholesale fish buyers or from limited fish sellers for sale to end consumers.
(3) A business engaged in any activity requiring a fish dealer license only needs to purchase one fish dealer license to cover the actions of all employees.
(4) The annual license fee for a resident fish dealer is four hundred dollars. The fee for a nonresident fish dealer license is seven hundred eighty-five dollars. The application fee for both resident and nonresident licenses is one hundred five dollars.


Effective date2018 c 235: See note following RCW 77.65.150.
FindingIntentEffective date2017 3rd sp.s. c 8: See notes following RCW 77.08.010.
Effective date2011 c 339: See note following RCW 43.84.092.
FindingEffective date2002 c 301: See notes following RCW 77.65.510.
Contingent effective date1993 sp.s. c 17 §§ 34-47: See note following RCW 77.65.020.
FindingContingent effective dateSeverability1993 sp.s. c 17: See notes following RCW 77.32.520.
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