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License Type Definitions

ADF&G Only Permits

Catcher/Seller- Sells unprocessed and unpackaged fishery resources at the dock directly to the public or to food establishments that have a DEC Seafood Processing Waiver. They are required to have code plates and complete fish tickets.

Fish Transporter- An agent of the fisherman who is responsible for transporting salmon, herring or Pacific cod to the first purchaser of the fishery resource. They are required to partially complete fish tickets and the fish ticket must accompany the fish.

Independent Buyer- Someone who buys fish from commercial fisherman and sells the fish to a licensed processor or exporter or to facilities that have a DEC waiver. They are required to have code plates and complete fish tickets. They must have a bond with DOR.

Economic Exclusive Zone Only (EEZ Only)- Operates in Federal waters between 3-200 miles offshore.

Company Agent- Agent of the processor who is authorized to purchase fishery resources and transport the unprocessed product or custom process and deliver the product. The Company Agent is responsible for completing and submitting fish tickets.

Department of Revenue and ADF&G Permits

Direct Marketer- An individual who sells or exports only their own catch. Their catch can be processed on their vessel, processed at a shore-side plant or custom processed by a licensed vessel or facility. Fish caught by another fisherman can not be purchased and sold with this license.

Catcher/Exporter- Operates a vessel that harvests and exports fishery resources from Alaska. Can have resource custom processed, cannot process themselves. Cannot purchase resource.

Catcher/Processor- Operates a vessel that processes, exports and/or has custom processed fishery resources harvested solely by that vessel. This license can not purchase or process fishery resources caught by another vessel.

Buyer/Exporter- Operates a vessel or a facility/business onshore that buys (or catches and buys) and exports fishery resources from Alaska. Can have resource custom processed, cannot process themselves.

Shorebased Processor- Operates a facility/business located onshore that can buy fishery resources and process, export and/or be a custom processor or has another facility process on their behalf. A Cannery license is required if any canning is to be conducted.

Cannery- Operates a facility/business located onshore that can buy fishery resources and can process, export, custom process or have custom processing done on their behalf. Salmon (only) canning can be conducted.

Floating Processor- Operates a vessel that buys (or catches and buys) fishery resources and processes, exports and/or has another person custom process on its behalf.

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