* To apply for Federal ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) authorizations please contact National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Pacific marine and anadromous fish) or US Fish and Wildlife Service (all other fisheries species)
- A list of species under NOAA's jurisdiction can be found at NOAA Endangered and Threatened Marine Species.
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.
Fish & Game Code § 86: "Take" means hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill, or attempt to hunt, pursue, catch, capture, or kill.
Animals that are not listed as Endangered, Threatened, or Candidate under the California Endangered Species Act.
* May include federally listed species
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
Animals listed as Endangered, Threatened, or Candidate under the California Endangered Species Act
* Refer to the Endangered and Threatened Animals List and the Special Animals List for CESA and other listing status
* Additional information on CESA can be found on the CDFW California Endangered Species Act (CESA) web page.
including efforts to recover fully protected, threatened or endangered species
1Presumed to be extirpated
* Required prior to authorization of any Fully Protected species MOU
* Additional information on Fully Protected Species can be found on the CDFW Fully Protected Animals web page.
* Results in an annual federal authorization administered through a state program
Applications can be completed on NOAA'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 2019 4(d) Program opens September 1, 2018 and closes September 16, 2018.
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:
* Complete applications & fees must reach Fisheries Branch at least 10 business days prior to shipment
Private transportation and stocking of live aquatic plants and animals in many waters of the State.
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.
* the following species may be stocked in private ponds and the following permissible areas without 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:
Branch Chief: Kevin Shaffer
830 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95811