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Fisheries Branch Research Permitting

What type of research permit do I need?

If my research target species or incidental take (by-catch) species are…

Chinook Salmon, CDFW photo by M. Elyash
Chinook Salmon, CDFW photo by M. Elyash
Not Listed
Steelhead, CDFW Photo by A. Hughan
Steelhead, CDFW Photo by A. Hughan
Federally Listed
SCP
&
10(a)(1)(A) or 4(d)
Longfin Smelt © R. Reyes, all rights reserved
Longfin Smelt © R. Reyes, all rights reserved
State Listed (CESA) or Fully Protected (FP)
Junenile Coho Salmon by Derek Acomb
Coho Salmon, CDFW photo by D. Acomb
State Listed (CESA) or Fully Protected (FP)
& Federally Listed
CESA or FP MOU
&
10(a)(1)(A) or 4(d)

* To apply for Federal ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) authorizations please contact link opens in new windowNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Pacific marine and anadromous fish) or link opens in new windowUS Fish and Wildlife Service (all other fisheries species)
- A list of species under NOAA's jurisdiction can be found at link opens in new windowNOAA Endangered and Threatened Marine Species.

Who needs to be permitted?

Individuals Working Independently
Individuals working independently (without direct on-site supervision) must be named on all state and federal research permits needed to take both the target and by-catch species associated with the requested take activities.

Individuals Working Under Direct Supervision
Individuals working under the direct on-site supervision of the individuals described above do not need to be named on the permits.


Scientific Collecting Permits (SCP)

  • Title 14 § 650 / Fish & Game Code § 1002

Definition of Take

Fish & Game Code § 86: "Take" means hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill.


SCPs allow take for…

Purpose
Interpretation
Science
*Includes basic or applied research with direct application to conservation or management of wildlife resources
Education
*Formal instruction or education requiring the use of the State's natural resources
Propagation
*Research and/or applied research to multiply or increase numbers as by natural reproduction


Which species can I take with an SCP?

Animals that are not listed as Endangered, Threatened, or Candidate under the California Endangered Species Act.

* May include federally listed species


SCP Fee Schedule

CDFW Shield Logo*All fees processes through:
CDFW License & Revenue Branch (LRB)
1740 N. Market Blvd.,
Sacramento, CA 95834
(916) 928-5849
Standard Application $105.83
Issuance $315.75
Amendment $105.83

Student   Application   $26.27
Issuance   $53.05
Amendment   $26.27


Applying for an SCP

SCP application (Form DFW 1379) and amendment (Form DFW 1379e) forms can be found on the CDFW Scientific Collecting Permits web page.

* Completed applications should be submitted to the CDFW License and Revenue Branch


SCP Contact Information

Leslie Alber
Fisheries Branch
Leslie.Alber@wildlife.ca.gov
(916) 323-9583

CESA Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)

California Endangered Species Act (CESA) MOUs

  • Fish & Game Code § 2081(a)

CESA MOUs allow take for...

Purpose
Science
Education
Management
  • by individuals, public agencies, universities, zoological gardens, & scientific or educational institutions

Which species can I take with a CESA MOU?

Animals listed as Endangered, Threatened, or Candidate under the California Endangered Species Act

* Refer to the link will open in new windowEndangered and Threatened Animals List and the link will open in new windowSpecial Animals List for CESA and other listing status


CESA MOU Contact Information

Leslie Alber
Fisheries Branch
Leslie.Alber@wildlife.ca.gov
(916) 323-9583

* Additional information on CESA can be found on the CDFW California Endangered Species Act (CESA) web page. 

Fully Protected Species Memorandums of Understanding (MOU)

California Fully Protected (FP) MOUs

  • Fish & Game Code § 5515

FP MOUs allow take for...

Purpose
Scientific Research

including efforts to recover fully protected, threatened or endangered species


Which species can I take with a FP MOU?

Animals listed as fully protected under Fish and Game Code § 5515(b)
Colorado River squawfish Thicktail chub1 Mohave chub Lost River sucker Modoc sucker
Shortnose sucker Humpback sucker Owens pupfish Unarmored threespine stickleback Rough sculpin

1Presumed to be extirpated


FP MOU Public Information Notice (PIN)

* Required prior to authorization of any Fully Protected species MOU


FP MOU Contact Information

Leslie Alber
Fisheries Branch
Leslie.Alber@wildlife.ca.gov
(916) 323-9583

* Additional information on Fully Protected Species can be found on the CDFW Fully Protected Animals web page.

Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) Authorizations

  • ESA § 4(d)

NOAA logo   Cooperative Program between NMFS and CDFW    CDFW logo


* Results in an annual federal authorization administered through a state program


4(d) Authorizations allow take for...

Purpose
Scientific Research
Threatened species by approval through Final 4(d) Rules in a program that provides limits on take prohibitions in section 9(a)(1) of the ESA

What species can I take with a 4(d) Authorization?

Federally Threatened
Chinook salmon Coho salmon
Steelhead Green Sturgeon

Applying for a 4(d) Authorization

Applications can be completed on link opens in new windowNOAA's Authorizations and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) website annually. Applications can be drafted prior to submission in APPS, but can only be submitted during the application submission window. Upon approval 4(d) authorizations are valid for one calendar year (January - December).

* The application submission window for the 2018 4(d) Program opens September 1, 2017 and closes September 15, 2017.  


4(d) Authorization Contacts

Leslie Alber
CDFW Fisheries Branch
Leslie.Alber@wildlife.ca.gov
(916) 323-9583

Gary Rule
NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region
gary.rule@noaa.gov
(503) 230-5424

What other permit(s) might I need?

  • Importation Permit - State law requires an Importation Permit to import most live aquatic plants and animals.
  • Private Stocking Permit - State law requires a permit for private transportation and stocking of live aquatic plants and animals (includes imported and reared in CA) in many waters of the State.
  • Incidental Take Permit (ITP) - authorizes take (Fish & Game Code §86) of CESA listed species during construction, utility, transportation, and other infrastructure-related projects.  More information can be found at Habitat Conservation CESA.
  • Wildlife Species Permit - Take (Fish & Game Code §86) of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and terrestrial and vernal pool invertebrates is authorized through the CDFW Wildlife Branch. More information can be found at Wildlife Branch - Nongame Wildlife Program.

Freshwater Importation Permits

  • Title 14 § 236(c)

An Importation Permit is required to import most live aquatic plants and animals:

Standard Importation Permit
Importing one shipment from one supplier
One time use
Long-term Importation Permit
Valid for mulitple shipments from one supplier under the same conditions where the risk of introducing diseases, parasites, or undesirable species with the imported animals is very low
One year

Fee Schedule

Importation Type Cost
Standard $49.25
Long-Term $59.25

Applying for an Importation Permit

The Standard or Long-Term Importation Permit application (Form DFW 789), and information leaflet (Leaflet No. 36), can be found on the CDFW Aquaculture web page under Regulations, Guidelines and Permit Applications.

Completed applications can be mailed to:

Importation Permit Program
CDFW Fisheries Branch
830 S Street
Sacramento, Ca 95811

* Complete applications & fees must reach Fisheries Branch at least 10 business days prior to shipment


Freshwater Importation Permit Contact

Karen Mitchell
Fisheries Branch
Karen.Mitchell@wildlife.ca.gov
(916) 445-0826

Private Stocking Permits

  • Title 14 § 238.5, Fish & Game Code § 6400 and 6401

A Private Stocking Permit is required for:

Private transportation and stocking of live aquatic plants and animals in many waters of the State.


Where do I get fish?

Fish for private stocking may be purchased from a registered agriculturist.

* You may not lawfully stock your pond with fish taken under the provisions of a sport fishing license.


Species and Areas that do not require a Private Stocking Permit

* the following species may be stocked in private ponds and the following permissible areas without a Private Stocking Permit.

Species
White Catfish Channel Catfish Blue Catfish Largemouth Bass
Bluegill Sacramento Perch Rainbow Trout Redear Sunfish

Permissible counties or portion of counties
Alameda Amador1 Butte Calaveras
Colusa Contra Costa El Dorado Fresno2
Glenn Imperial Kern3 Kings
Lake4 Los Angeles Madera2 Mariposa
Merced Napa Nevada1 Orange
Placer1 Riverside Sacramento San Benito
San Bernardino San Diego San Joaquin Santa Barbara
Solano Stanislaus Sutter Tehama
Tulare2 Tuolumne Ventura Yolo
Yuba
1West of Highway 49
2West of the national park and national forest boundaries
3Except in the Kern River drainage above Democrat Dam
4Except in the Eel River drainage

Fee Schedule

Permit Type Cost
Private Stocking Permit  
$61.03


Applying for a Private Stocking Permit

The Private Stocking Permit application (Form DFW 749) and information leaflet (Leaflet No. 6) can be found on the CDFW Aquaculture web page under Regulations, Guidelines and Permit Applications. 

Completed applications and appropriate fees can be submitted to the appropriate regional office based on stocking location:

Region Counties
Northern Region (1)
601 Locust Street
Redding, Ca 96001
(530) 225-2300
Del Norte, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehema, and Trinity
North Central Region (2)
1701 Nimbus Road
Rancho Cordova, Ca 95670
(916) 358-2900
Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lake, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter, Yuba, Sacramento1, San Joaquin2, and Yolo2

1Portions within the North Central Region

2North of I-80 and West of I-5
Bay-Delta Region (3)
7329 Silverado Road
Napa, Ca 94558
(707) 944-5500
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Solano, Sonoma, Sacramento1, San Joaquin2, and Yolo2

1Portions within the Bay-Delta Region

2South of I-80 and West of I-5
Central Region (4)
1234 East Shaw Avenue
Fresno, Ca 93710
(559) 243-4005
Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Monterey, Merced, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne
South Coast Region (5)
3883 Ruffin Road
San Diego, Ca 92123
(858) 467-4201
Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Santa Barbara, and Ventura
Inland Deserts Region (6)
3602 Inland Empire Boulevard
Suite C-220, Ontario, Ca 91764
(909) 484-0167
Imperial, Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San Bernardino

Private Stocking Permit Contact

Karen Mitchell
Fisheries Branch
Karen.Mitchell@wildlife.ca.gov
(916) 445-0826

school of juvenile Chinook salmon - small silver fish with spots

Fisheries Branch
Branch Chief: Kevin Shaffer
830 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 327-8840


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