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Non-Resident Fee Differential Reinstated
Effective February 1, 2018, CDFW will resume charging
differential non-resident fees for commercial fishing licenses, commercial
vessel registrations, Dungeness crab vessel permits, and herring gill net
permits. In November 2013, the department discontinued charging these
differential non-resident fees following a judgment in a lawsuit brought
against the state (Marilley, et al. v. Bonham, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 149198). The
state appealed this decision to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and
ultimately prevailed following a hearing in June 2016. The U.S. Supreme Court
declined to review the case in October 2017. As a result, the department
now must resume charging the differential fees under California law. In doing
so, CDFW has brought the fees current by applying the Implicit Price Deflator
as required by Fish and Game Code section 713.
For questions regarding this notice, contact us at LRBCOMM@Wildlife.ca.gov.
Fees and Descriptions
You can renew your Commercial Fishing Licenses online, or at select license agents. Licenses purchased online, or at a license agent, will include a 5% non-refundable license agent handling fee. List of Commercial Fishing License Agents (PDF)
Commercial Fishing License Requirement
Before a non-restrictive commercial fishing permit can be issued, an applicant must possess a valid commercial fishing license (resident or non-resident).
Commercial Boat Registration Requirement
Required for any resident or non-resident owner, or operator for any vessel operated in public waters in connection with fishing operations for profit in this State; or which, for profit, permits persons to sport fish.
Limited Entry and Restricted Access Permits
These permits are issued only to pre-qualified commercial fishermen or vessel owners. "Limited entry fishery" means a fishery in which the number of persons who may participate or the number of vessels that may be used in taking a specified species of fish is limited by statute or regulation (FGC §8100).