Commercial Fishing Fees - 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.
CDFW Lands Pass Requirements - CDFW has suspended the lands pass program at some locations, until further notice, in response to a request from other state agencies. You can view a list of the properties that are continuing to require the lands pass at: lands pass properties (PDF). For more information about this program, please visit the lands pass web page.