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Direct Marketers

photo of set nets along Bristol Bay If you intend to sell, process, or export only your own catch or have your catch custom processed you qualify for the Direct Marketer license. To qualify for a Direct Marketer License you must also own or lease your own vessel which can not exceed 65 feet in length and you need a permit from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission or IFQ permit for the current year. A Direct Marketer license does not allow you to purchase fish from other fisherman for resale, or to custom process for other fisherman.

Need a Direct Marketer permit?

NOTICE: The Alaska Department of Revenue(DOR) is transitioning to a new system for issuing permits, Revenue Online. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) jointly issues permits with DOR. As part of this transition, there will be a permit outage period between December 31 and February 22, 2016 when ADF&G and DOR will not issue any permits. This means that if you will need your Direct Marketer permit before February 22, 2016, you will need to have your 2016 permit application into DOR by December 15, 2015.

Beginning February 22, 2016 there will be a new online application process to renew your Direct Marketer permit through the Alaska Department of Revenue's (DOR) Revenue Online. This will be the fastest and easiest way to have your permit issued. More information about Revenue Online can be found on the Revenue Online Help page. For assistance with obtaining a DOR letter Id to Enroll in Revenue Online please contact ADF&G at (907) 465-6131 or


Please note that paper copies are not available online. To obtain a paper copy please call Department of Revenue at (907) 465-2320

If you intend to process your own catch to enter into commerce for human consumption, or have questions about processing, please see the Department of Environmental Conservation’s publication, Commercial Marketing or Processing of Seafood on Vessels (PDF 252 kB).

A helpful tool has been created by the Marine Advisory Program to assist Direct Marketers. Please see their website:

Direct Marketer FAQs