Commercial Sea Cucumber Permit Transfer Provisions

Pursuant to Fish and Game Code (FGC), Section 8405.2, Sea Cucumber Permits are transferable subject to the following conditions. Listed below are the conditions which must be met prior to transfer approval:

A sea cucumber permit cannot be transferred to any person who has had a sea cucumber permit suspended or revoked while the suspension or revocation is in effect. Gear type is not transferable. A Sea Cucumber Dive Permit can only be transferred to take sea cucumbers by diving. A Sea Cucumber Trawl Permit may be transferred to take sea cucumbers using trawl nets or diving gear.

Death of Permittee

Pursuant to FGC, Section 8405.2(e)(1), upon the death of the sea cucumber permittee, the deceased's sea cucumber dive or trawl permit may be transferred by his or her heirs, assignees, or estate to a qualified person. The estate of the decedent may transfer the permit no later than two years from the date of death of the permittee, as listed on the death certificate. For purposes of the transfer the heirs, assignee, or estate shall renew the permit to keep the permit valid until transferred.


The permittee must have previously held a valid sea cucumber permit for any four permit years and landed at least 100 pounds of sea cucumbers in each of those permit years as documented by fish landing receipts with the name of the permittee shown on the receipts. This may be done by providing copies of fish landing receipts or a letter of verification from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's (CDFW), Marine Fisheries Statistics Unit, 3030 Old Ranch Parkway, Suite 400, Seal Beach, CA 90740. For additional information call (562) 342-7126.


The transferee must hold a valid California commercial fishing license issued pursuant to FGC, Section 7852, that has not been suspended or revoked.

Application Process

To facilitate the review of the transfer request, the CDFW suggest that a party to transfer submit the following items:

  • A written notarized request to transfer the Sea Cucumber Permit, type of permit to be transferred (dive or trawl), name, Commercial Fishing License identification number, and address of the permittee and the proposed transferee.
  • Proof of the permittee's eligibility to transfer the permit. A certified copy of a landing receipt report may be requested by submitting a completed Data Request Form (PDF Form), calling (562) 342-7130, or by submitting a written request to CDFW, Marine Fisheries Statistical Unit,4665 Lampson Avenue, Suite C, Los Alamitos, California 90720.
  • The permittee's current Sea Cucumber Permit (dive or trawl).
  • A copy of the transferee's current California Commercial Fishing License.

Additional Required Documentation needed upon the Death of the Permittee

  • A written notarized request to transfer the Sea Cucumber Permit, type of permit to be transferred (dive or trawl), name, Commercial Fishing License identification number, and address of the deceased permittee and proposed transferee.
  • Copy of the death certificate.
  • A copy of court document naming the executor/executrix of the estate.

In addition, the CDFW must receive a $200 transfer fee from a party.

Mail the documents and transfer fee to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attention: License and Revenue Branch
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, California 94244-2090

Evaluation of complete transfer requests will take approximately 20 business days after receipt by the CDFW's License and Revenue Branch. If additional documentation is required, evaluation of the transfer request may take longer. If approved, a letter authorizing the transfer will be sent to the proposed transferee and existing permittee.

If you have any questions about the transfer requirements or application process, please contact (916) 928-5822 or

License and Revenue Branch
P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090 | Sales Offices
(916) 928-5805 |