(1) A wholesale fish buyer endorsement is required for a licensed fish dealer:
(a) To take first possession or ownership of fish or shellfish directly from a commercial
fisher that is landed into the state of Washington;
(b) To take first possession or ownership of raw or frozen fish or shellfish in the
state of Washington from interstate or foreign commerce; or
(c) To engage in the wholesale buying or selling of fish or shellfish harvested by
Indian fishers lawfully exercising fishing rights reserved by federal statute, treaty,
or executive order, and the dealer is also responsible for documenting the commercial
harvest and sales according to the rules of the department.
(2) A business licensed as a fish dealer must purchase at least one wholesale fish
buyer endorsement to engage in the activities in subsection (1) of this section, which
allows the business to buy or sell on its premises and which allows one named employee
to buy and sell off premises. A business must obtain an additional wholesale fish buyer endorsement for each additional
employee who buys and sells fish or shellfish off premises.
(3) The annual fee for a resident wholesale fish buyer's endorsement for business
operations with only one fish buyer is fifty dollars. The annual fee for a resident wholesale fish buyer's endorsement for business operations
with two or more employees is two hundred forty-five dollars. The annual fee for a nonresident wholesale fish buyer's endorsement is six hundred
thirty dollars. The application fee for both resident and nonresident endorsements is one hundred
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