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Increasing revenue to the state wildlife account by increasing commercial fishing license fees and streamlining wholesale fish dealing, buying, and selling requirements (Blake, Kretz, Doglio)

Increases commercial fishing license fees and streamlines requirements for wholesale fish dealing, buying, and selling to increase revenue to the state wildlife account.

1ST SUBSTITUTE COMPARED TO ORIGINAL:
The resident and nonresident fee structure in current law is maintained, and changes were made to fish dealing and selling license fees and the following fishing license fees:
-salmon charter;
-salmon gill net—Grays Harbor-Columbia River;
-salmon gill net—Willapa Bay-Columbia River;
-salmon purse seine;
-salmon troll;
-baitfish lampara;
-sardine purse seine—temporary;
-alternate operator;
-Dungeness crab—Coastal;
-Dungeness crab—Puget Sound;
-oyster reserve; and
-coastal spot shrimp.
The enhanced food fish excise tax was changed from 5.25 percent to 6.25 percent for ocean waters, Columbia River, Willapa Bay, and Grays Harbor Chinook, Coho, and Chum salmon, and anadromous game fish. The annual crewmember license is changed to $35 instead of $95. A commercial fishing license holder may purchase a crewmember license, which covers one crewmember per trip, for any individual working on the vessel named on the commerciallicense.

Hearing Date: Monday, February 20, 2017 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=1597&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)