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Fish Transport Permit

What is the Purpose of this Permit?
This permit is required to transfer live fish products within the state. The purpose is to protect our native fish species and ensure that:
  1. Live finfish being brought into Washington State are free from reportable fish pathogens.
  2. Aquatic Invasive Species do not get shipped with the desired fish species.
Who Issues this Permit?
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
What Activities Require this Permit?
An approved Fish Transport Permit from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is required to transport fish into and through Washington State.
How Much Will this Permit Cost?
There is no fee for the permit.
Where Can I Get the Application for this Permit?
The application which is called 'Fish Transport Application' is online and can be accessed at https://wdfw.wa.gov/licenses/fishing/fish-stocking-transport.
Do I Need to Include Anything with my Application?
It depends on what species and location you are moving fish from and to. There is a case-by-case evaluation.
Is the Decision on my Permit Dependent on Anything Besides the Information in my Application?
Potentially. Again, it depends on what species and location you are moving fin fish from and to. There is a case-by-case evaluation.
How Long Will it Take to Review my Application?
WDFW has up to 30 days to review the application, but often makes a decision sooner.
Where do I Submit my Application?
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
600 Capitol Way N
Olympia, WA 98501-1091
How Long is my Permit Valid?
Up to one year.
What is the Appeal Process for the Permit?
See WAC 220-77-030, which states: "In the event of denial, suspension, or revocation of a transport permit, the affected person may appeal the decision to the director. The department will advise the person of the appeals process. Additional appeals may be made through the Administrative Procedure Act (Chapter 34.04 RCW). A suspended or revoked transport permit will remain suspended or revoked during the appellate process."
Notes / Comments:
WDFW's Fish Program issues the Fin Fish Transfer Permit. They can be contacted at (360) 902-2700.
Statewide Contact:
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Headquarters
1111 Washington Street SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Telephone: (360) 902-2200
Website: http://wdfw.wa.gov/
* Permit information last updated 5/20/2019
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