# What Is in California’s Fish and Game Code?

The Fish and Game Code contains 17 Divisions

By Chris Micheli, April 1, 2022 3:34 pm

The California Fish and Game Code is one of 29 Codes that contain state statutes. The Fish and Game Code contains 17 Divisions. There are also numerous parts, chapters, and articles containing hundreds of code sections, or individual statutes. The following is a broad overview of the Fish and Game Code.

DIVISION 0.5. GENERAL PROVISIONS AND DEFINITIONS [Sections 1 – 99.5]

There are 2 Chapters.

DIVISION 1. FISH AND GAME COMMISSION [Sections 101 – 500]

There are 7 Chapters and 9 Articles.

DIVISION 2. DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE [Sections 700 – 1958]

There are 26 Chapters and 49 Articles.

DIVISION 3. FISH AND GAME GENERALLY [Sections 2000 – 2945]

There are 17 Chapters and 24 Articles.

DIVISION 4. BIRDS AND MAMMALS [Sections 3000 – 4903]

There are 3 Parts, 18 Chapters and 24 Articles.

DIVISION 5. PROTECTED REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS [Sections 5000 – 5062]

There are 3 Chapters and 2 Articles.

DIVISION 6. FISH [Sections 5500 – 9101]

There are 4 Parts, 24 Chapters and 101 Articles.

DIVISION 6.5. STURGEON EGG PROCESSORS [Sections 10000 – 10005]

There are 6 Sections.

DIVISION 7. REFUGES [Sections 10500 – 10932]

There are 2 Chapters and 13 Articles.

DIVISION 8. DISTRICTS [Sections 11000 – 11039]

There are 1 Chapter.

DIVISION 9. FINES AND PENALTIES [Sections 12000 – 12300]

There are 3 Chapters.

DIVISION 10. REVENUE [Sections 13000 – 13205]

There are 3 Chapters.

DIVISION 10.5. EXPENDITURES [Sections 13220 – 13231]

There are 3 Sections.

DIVISION 11. PACIFIC MARINE FISHERIES COMPACT [Sections 14000 – 14105]

There are 2 Chapters.

DIVISION 12. AQUACULTURE [Sections 15000 – 15703]

There are 8 Chapters.

DIVISION 13. STATE-TRIBAL AGREEMENTS GOVERNING INDIAN FISHING [Sections 16000 – 16011]

There are 4 Chapters.

There are 4 Chapters.

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I guess it’s good to know what the codes are. I keep a current copy in my boat. The fishing and boating enthusiasts I know, and we all agree, that the fees and licenses are simply ANOTHER way to impose TAXES. The most obvious and ludicrous of which is the “Quagga Mussel” sticker fee. As far as I know, the ONLY California waterway that has been closed due to Quagga infestation, is a small pond in Hollister that one could practically throw a rock across – San Justo Reservoir. The mussels are found on the Colorado River, Hoover dam area. So, the one small isolated infestation is being used as justification to tax ALL boaters -bureaucracy at it’s “best”.

I find the rules on where to fish and the kinds of fish you can catch very confusing.