Commercial Sea Cucumber Permit Transfer Provisions

Effective April 1, 1998, pursuant to Fish and Game Code 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

Effective January 1, 2014, pursuant to Fish and Game Code Section 8405.2(e)(1), upon the death of a sea cucumber permitholder, the deceased's sea cucmber 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 permitholder, as listed on the death cerificate.  For purposes of a transfer the heirs, assigness, 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 Department's Marine Fisheries Statistics Unit, 4665 Lampson Avenue, Suite C, Los Alamitos, California 90720. For additional information call (562) 342-7126.


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

Application Process

The permittee must submit a notarized letter requesting the transfer and include the full names and current address of the permittee and the transferee. The letter must identify the gear type, trawl or dive, that the transferee will use to take sea cucumber. The original signature of the current permittee must be on the letter.

The following items must be with the letter:

  1. a copy of the permittee's current Sea Cucumber Permit (either dive or trawl),
  2. proof of the permittee's eligibility to transfer the permit; a) copies of fish landing receipts or letter of verification from the Department's Marine Fisheries Statistical Unit, and b) copies of four years of previous sea cucumber permits).
  3. a copy of the transferee's current California commercial fishing license,
  4. payment of the nonrefundable $200 transfer fee.

Additional Required Documentation needed upon the Death of the Permittee

  1. A notarized written request that identifies the deceased permit holder, type of permit to be transferred and the proposed transferee.
  2. Copy of the death certificate.
  3. A court document naming the executor of the estate.

Mail these items to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
License and Revenue Branch
1740 N. Market Blvd.
Sacramento, California 95834

Evaluation of the transfer request should be completed within 20 business days after receipt by the License and Revenue Branch provided additional documentation is not required. If approved, a letter authorizing the transfer will be sent to the permittee with instructions on the process for completing the transfer. If disapproved, CDFW will notify the permittee in writing, explaining the reason for denial. The permittee has the right to appeal such denial to the Fish and Game Commission.

Please contact Ms. Debbie Noriega, Commercial Limited Entry Program Analyst at (916) 928-5817, or, if you have any further questions or require additional information.