Commercial Fish Business Licenses

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 LRBCOMM@wildlife.ca.gov or (916) 928-5822 to establish your commercial fishing customer account.

Information: (916) 928-5822

Fees and Descriptions

You can renew you Commercial Fish Business Licenses online. Fishermen's Retail Licenses, are the only Commercial Fish Business License that can be renewed at select license agents. Licenses purchased online, or at a license agent, will include a 5% non-refundable license agent handling fee. To find an authorized local sales agent, please visit the link opens in new windowFind License Agent page.

Commercial Fish Business License Requirements

Any person who engages in any business for profit involving fish shall obtain a Commercial Fish Business license (FGC §8030). A Commercial Fish Business license is valid from January 1 through December 31, inclusive, or, if issued after the beginning of that term, for the remainder of the year thereof.