Procedures and Resources for Commercial Landings


  • New to commercial fishing? All fish caught under the authority of a commercial fishing license, even for personal use, must be landed and documented on an electronic fish ticket and submitted to E-Tix. Commercial fishermen must locate a licensed fish business willing to land their catch or they must possess a Fisherman's Retail License to report their commercial fish landings through the E-Tix portal. You cannot purchase a commercial fishing license or register a commercial fishing vessel for the first time without contacting or (916) 928-5822 to establish your commercial fishing customer account.
  • Effective July 1, 2019, electronic reporting of landing data became mandatory for fish businesses with a multifunction license, fishermen's retail license or the fish receiver's license who are reporting the sale or delivery of commercial fish landings.
  • Landing Fees: CDFW will soon be providing fish businesses with a quarterly report of landing fees due for fish landed during the preceding quarter. Landing fees are not a new requirement of fish businesses (Fish and Game Code Section 8040 et seq. and Food and Agriculture Code Section 76900 et seq.), and the quarterly landing fee report provided by the Department is designed to help fish businesses reconcile and submit payment within 30 days after the close of each quarter.

In the first 6 months of mandatory electronic reporting, fish businesses submitted 25,573 electronic fish tickets representing 54,577 rows of catch data. Electronic reporting provides the landings information to our scientific staff in near real-time which allows for the data review and analysis to begin well before the data would have arrived using previous paper methods.

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The electronic fish ticket is a web-based form called link opens in new windowE-Tix, managed by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC). PSMFC provides a link opens in new windowQuick Start Guide for California fish businesses (PDF) to assist those transitioning to electronic reporting using E-Tix, as well as a link to request an E-Tix account.

If you have any questions, or require additional information, email or phone the CDFW Marine Fisheries Statistical Unit at (562) 342-7130.

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Help Resources

Need Help?

Contact CDFW at (562) 342-7130 or

If you have questions specifically about using E-Tix, please use the Help resources available on the link opens in new windowE-Tix website.

For questions regarding the process of obtaining commercial fishing licenses, permits, vessel registration, or becoming a licensed fish business, contact the License and Revenue Branch at or by phone at (916) 928-5822.