Effective July 1, 2018, fish businesses with a multi-function license, fishermen’s retail license, or fish receiver’s license can report the sale or delivery of commercial fish landings either electronically or by paper, but not both. This will start the beginning of a one-year transition to mandatory electronic reporting. Beginning July 1, 2019, all landings must be reported electronically.
To assist fish businesses in this transition, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has updated the User Guide (PDF) that contains resources to guide fish businesses in submitting landing data to CDFW. The User Guide contains the following information:
- Language from the California Code of Regulations that describes the submission of landing data, including the use of electronic fish tickets.
- Instructions for submitting landing receipt data via paper forms. Remember that except under a temporary waiver issued by CDFW, paper forms will not be allowed after July 1, 2019.
- Tools for submitting electronic fish tickets.
- Definitions of terms used in landing records.
- Lists of codes used on landing records with definitions/locations.
The electronic fish ticket is a web-based form called E-Tix, managed by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). The Commission has a Quick Start Guide for California businesses available on their website to assist those transitioning to electronic reporting using E-Tix. There is also a link on this page to request an E-Tix account.
As part of the transition to electronic reporting, as of July 1, 2018, CDFW no longer issues postage paid envelopes for paper landing receipt returns.
CDFW recommends that fish businesses begin the transition to electronic fish tickets as soon as possible.
If you have any questions, or require additional information, please email ElectronicFishTicket@wildlife.ca.gov or phone the CDFW Marine Fisheries Statistical Unit at (562) 342-7130.